Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2009
4-7 July 2009
The conference is broadly interested in the relationship between motion and emotions, especially in the social fields of tourism and travel. In the latter, bodies and matter are set in motion; people move through unfamiliar grounds and are exposed to exotic sensations, to the heat or cold of water, snow and sunshine, to odours, tastes, smells, colours, and forms that contrast with the aesthetics of their quotidian environments. Tourism and travel make them leave their secure spaces of the familiar and expose them, in secure doses, to the unfamiliar. They involve a somehow calculated transgression of the ordinary, a ritualised temporary liquefaction of moral and aesthetic rules that frame everyday life. Motion disturbs the order of those in movement and challenges them to discover the familiar in the unfamiliar, to reconstruct and reconsider normality through the encounter of the extraordinary. It challenges them to repossess their bodies, to rethink the fundament of their being, to reassess the separations that configure the natures and identities of their belonging.
Themes of particular interest include:
- Passions and Transgressions: Eroticism, Liminality, Carnival, Violence and Power in Tourism and Travel;
- Passions and Desires for Fluidity, Freedom, Friendship, Connection, Transhumance, Authenticity, Beauty;
- Passions and Flirts with Danger, Fear and Fantasy in Tourism and Travel;
- Passions and Joyful Sufferings: Epic Journeys, Mountain Liturgies and Touristic Activities that (may) Hurt;
- Passions and Stendhal Syndromes: Religious and Aesthetic Sublimation in Tourism, Pilgrimage and Travel;
- Passions and Consumptions: Pleasures and Symbolic Economies of Eating, Digesting, Excreting in Tourism;
- Passions and Morals in Tourism and Travel: Ambivalences of Encounter, Ethics, Moral and Legal Frames;
- Passions, Identity and the Making and Unmaking of ‘Passions’ in Culture and Social Performance;
- Economies and Politics of Passion in Tourism, Hospitality and Travel.
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To present a paper in this conference, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with your full contact details and an abstract title, to Dr David Picard: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to submit abstracts is 1st May 2009.