This panel explores anthropological approaches to the interrelationship between tourism, embodiment and the senses.
Embodiment is a significant and ever developing area of study in social anthropology. Of particular interest to anthropologists is the relationship between embodiment and tourism. Indeed, the interrelations between tourism, tourist practices and embodiment have grown in significance in terms of their contribution to the field of tourism anthropology to the extent that they are now of central importance to the study of the subject. Notions of an experience economy and the engagement of the senses in various aspects of touristic interpretation and encounters indicate the importance of informed discussion about embodiment to the tourism and leisure sectors. The idea of embodiment encompasses a number of key areas of both scholarly activity and touristic practice, some with significant theoretical lineage in the social sciences and humanities in general and in social anthropology in particular. These include, but are not limited to: performance, the social body, gender, identities and experience. Such facets of embodiment are applicable to the wide range of both traditional and emergent tourist activities including, for example, charter and package tourism, backpacker tourism, cultural tourism as well as activities within these, for example music and arts festivals, food and wine tourism, sports tourism, rituals, pilgrimages and other sites of touristic practice. To this end this panel invites papers that consider any aspect of the social anthropology of tourism, embodiment and the senses.