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Tourism and the future - performances, expectations and resistance 
Angelika Mietzner (University of Cologne)
Cassandra Gerber (Institute for African Studies and Egyptology)
Janna Perbix (University of Cologne)
Nico Nassenstein (JGU Mainz)
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Susanne Mohr (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Rohan Jackson (NomadIT)
Anthropology (x) Inequality (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 21
Wednesday 31 May, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Tourism is a growing global economic sector which has a great impact on the societal and environmental future of a state. In this panel we would like to discuss tourism discourses and highlight the performances of different actors in touristic places.

Long Abstract:

We would like to take a look at the field of consumption and tourism. There, very often, we find constructed fantasies that serve the commercialisation of dreams and desires and are a powerful tool in our globalised capitalist society. These fantasies are used by an affluent social class all over the world to consume for themselves a sense of an authenticity of the foreign. In the same way, other people want to participate in this life. This opens up a space for agency that takes place in the background and should remain hidden from the travellers. In this panel we want to look at different perspectives in tourism and consider that tourist places correspond to a play with a front stage and a back stage. In research we often deal with the front stage, but what actually happens backstage? What strategies are available to tourism workers to live a life outside of exploitative consumption and to resist the structures of this industry? In our panel we want to bring together researchers from different disciplines to share their perspectives and expertise on these questions.

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -