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Panel Reverse-Exoticism: Writing Practices, Alternative Voices and Heritagization

Reverse-Exoticism: Writing Practices, Alternative Voices and Heritagization

10th and 11th september 2010

Panel of the 2010 Conference: Tourism and Seductions of Difference

Lisbon, Portugal, 9-12 Sept 2010

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Cyril Isnart – Cidehus-Universidade de Évora – Portugal

Ema Pires – CRIA-ISCTE and Universidade de Évora – Portugal

Discutant: Brian O’Neill – ISCTE – Portugal

10th september 2010

16:00-17:30 Tourism and reverse practices

Saskia Cousin – LAIOS/IIAC, EHESS/CNRS, France

In-Between Otherness: Seductions of Ethnography in Tourism

Florence E. Babb – Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, University of Florida, USA

From Revolutions to Resorts: The Allure of the Once Forbidden

Alex M. Saragoza – University of California, USA

The Seduction of Invented Nostalgia: Ethnic nationalism and “Mexican heritage” tourism

11th september 2010

9:30-11:00: Re-exotizing the cultures of the minorities

Morgan Ndlovu – Monash University, South Africa

The Presence of the Absent in the Construction of Zulu Cultural villages in South Africa: Unlocking the myth of the Myth-Reality dichotomy in the authenticity debate of cultural representations

Silvia Chiarini – Institut d’Ethnologie méditerranéenne, Européenne et Comparative (IDEMEC) – France

Writing in the construction of cultural heritage and identity in the “Occitan valleys” of Piedmont (Italy)

Enrique Galván-Álvarez – University of Alcalá – Spain

A Song Once Exotic: Isles of Fortune, Misfortune and Dreaming.

11:30-13:00 Tourism, religion and exoticism

Judith S. Neulander – Case Western Reserve University – USA

Race and Reverse Exoticism in New Mexico

Cláudia Pereira – Department of Anthropology, ISCTE-IUL – Portugal

Marketing the colonial past: Gaudde dances in Goan (Indian) tourism

General discussion

Directed by Brian O’Neill – ISCTE – Portugal

CFP Reverse-Exoticism: Writing Practices, Alternative Voices and Heritagization

This is a call for papers for a Special Interest Panel include in the Tourism and Seductions of Difference Conference (Lisbon, Portugal, 10-12 Sept 2010) directed by Cyril Isnart (Cidehus-Universidade de Évora) and Ema Pires (Cria-Iscte and Universidade de Évora).

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Reverse-Exoticism: Writing Practices, Alternative Voices and Heritagization

Cyril Isnart (Cidehus-Universidade de Évora)

Ema Pires (CRIA-ISCTE and Universidade de Évora)

While academics have studied ‘heritage’ mainly in terms of a national or elite construction, this panel is interested in the increasingly loud claims to ‘heritage’ emanating from minorities and small social groups. Evoking Michel De Certeau (1988), our emphasis here is on analysing ‘scriptural practices’, both as cultural apparatus and means of production and objectification of minorities’ alternative voices.

In contexts of colonial and social domination, the social identity of many minorities was formed through processes of cultural « exotization ». Exogenous definitions often made it difficult for dominated societies or social classes to claim independent or otherwise autonomous forms of ‘heritage’.

In the recent past, many minorities and small groups have used writing to engage in a process that could be qualified as « reverse-exoticism ». Such a process has become highly visible in the field of literature, the arts and cultural studies, but also in recent normative actions by international organizations, namely Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention (2003) and the European Commission Faro Convention (2005). The access to literacy and thus the ability to tell and write one’s own story appear to have been a key issue marking this turning point in history.

This panel wishes to examine the various motifs underlying the productions of texts by minority groups and their allure within a global cultural economy within which the very idea of ‘minority’ has become a tourist attraction. We welcome papers with a theoretical and/or empirical focus on the role of writing in the construction of ‘inner exoticisms’ and what we term ‘reverse-exoticisms’. Key issues to be discussed are (1) appropriations of transnational ‘heritagization’ patterns by dominated people; (2) social conflicts accompanying or made manifest through processes of ‘heritagization’; and (3) processes of revitalization or defolklorization of cultural practices, both in post-colonial and Western contexts.

Paper proposals (250 words plus contact, scientific affiliation and discipline) are due by 1st May 2010. Contacts: isnart@uevora.pt and epires@uevora.pt

Reference:

De Certeau, M 1988 (1984) «The Scriptural Economy», The Practice of Everyday life [translation of Arts de Faire], Berkeley, University of California Press, pp.131-133.