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Education and travel: awareness, learning and tourist production

L'éducation aux voyages

Sensibilisations, apprentissages et productions touristiques

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Published on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

Ce colloque entend questionner de manière pluridisciplinaire les liens unissant tourisme et éducation, afin de mieux comprendre la construction et la circulation des savoirs en situation touristique. Qu’apprend-on dans le tourisme de si intéressant pour en (re)faire autant ? Se faisant, ce sont les injonctions normatives structurant la production du tourisme que nous encourageons à interroger, ce qu’elles signifient en termes de rapports de pouvoirs, d’inégalités et de dominations.

Announcement

Argument 

 The next conference of the Association for Tourism Research and Higher Education (AsTRES) wants to reflect on the complex links between tourism and education. The wealth of questions that have risen in recent scholarship on the understanding of touristic knowledge, its genesis and circulation,  justifies bringing about a transdisciplinary gathering that aims at probing the perspectives of education science, geography, history, sociology, anthropology, economy, political science and sport studies.

 We invite scholars to question the links between tourism and education, not only as an analytic inquiry, but also as a more critical and reflexive perspective.

 As a globalized economic activity, tourism encourages both public and private actors to constantly renew products and imaginaries in order to stimulate new touristic practices, open new markets and develop territories. To expand its base, this market driven logic has naturally turned its focus on the transmission of touristic skills and perceptions. Education can therefore be seen as an enticement to consume skills (guiding, lessons…), equipements (in winter or water sports…) that can be associated to technologies (like e-tourism), and ultimately places.

 The linkage between ethics and consumerism has paved the way to a set of “good practices”, for which we want to probe the material and ideational dimensions. Those questions relate to tools (charts, labels, sensitization campaigns, informational panels…) products (sustainable, solidarity, humanitarian or eco-tourism…) but also the social representations and values associated to the tourism experience, notably related to encounter, authenticity and freedom. We encourage combining these trails of research with a reflexive perspective on the thin line between fundamental research and expertise. Indeed, scholars are often summoned in outreach, environment preservation or impact reduction programs, and research could end up being used to define “good” tourist/m.

 This work should lead us to interrogate the normative injunctions that structure the production of tourism, what they imply in terms of power relationships, inequality and domination. Who educates who? For what purpose? Since when, and from where? Such questions call for sociological, political and educational answers, but also a historical approach on the democratization of tourism. Critical perspectives on the terminologies (i.e. tourist vs. traveler) could be useful.

Thematic axes 

  • Education/sensitization to the “good” practices of tourism: for who and why? What are the logics of the stakeholders and the power plays that dictate tourism’s norms, from the global (WTO, UNESCO…), the national (tourism as a media for nationalist ideology) to the local (communities, collectives…)? How do these actors become legitimate educators? What do these normative injunctions say about the power relations within the tourism sphere? Through which apparatuses are these norms established and how do they abide among tourists, between empowerment and infantilization? How do tourists maneuver when accepting, transforming, transmitting, transgressing or denying those norms? How have fragile environments (coasts, deserts or mountains) been experimental in the sensitization of tourists and the regulation of their practices? 
  • Learning to be a tourist. To what extent is tourism a learning process? How is it a way of being, doing, and showing? How are touristic knowledge unevenly shared according to social, gendered, generational, racial or even able/disable divides? In that perspective, can tourism still be considered as an emancipating activity? We welcome proposals that cross tourism and subaltern studies. In that sense, is teaching tourism a tool of democratization, or rather a controlled and exclusive transmission of knowledge? Case studies on social clubs, associations, patronage committees, scouting or school trips will be prioritized. What methods can be used to analyze these learning processes, and to overcome the discourse of self-education, that tends to hide resources and favors exclusive sociabilities? Does giving access to tourism foster social justice, or promotes certain companies (for instance the partnership between the French Secours Populaire and food company Kinder) or territories?
  • How does tourism inform the general education of our contemporary individualities? Studies of the way some institutions make use of tourism as a way to tackle socialization, family, poverty or diseases are highly welcome. Tourism is also a distinctive practice from a career point of view: some touristic mobilities are features in curriculum-vitae (humanitarian tourism, linguistic visits). To what extend do the skills pertaining to tourism answer employers’ requirements at the age of global capitalism (adaptability, management of differences, multilingualism, mobility)? Equally, is tourism fostering a new kind of citizenship (“travelling for a cause”, eco-responsible tourism…). 

 Submission guidelines

 Each proposal should include between 350 and 450 words. Please send your submission to Emmanuelle Peyvel (emmanuelle.peyvel@univ-brest.fr) no later than

December 20, 2015.

We will notify contributors of acceptance by the 20th of February 2016.

 The conference is planned between the 20th and the 22nd of June, at the University of Bretagne Occidentale, city of Quimper. 

A nursery service can be organized for the participants who wish to come with their children. If you are interested, please let us know when submitting your proposal. Please also indicate the age of the children in June 2016. 

Organizing Committee

  • Nicolas BERNARD, Maître de Conférences HDR en géographie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Yvanne BOUVET, Maître de Conférences en géographie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • René-Paul DESSE, Professeur en géographie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Maria GRAVARI-BARBAS, Professeur en géographie, Université de Paris 1
  • Emmanuelle PEYVEL, Maître de Conférences en géographie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale 

 Scientific Committee

  •  Simone ABRAM, Professeur en anthropologie, Université de Durham
  • David BERLINER, Professeur en anthropologie, Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Jacinthe BESSIERE, Maître de conférences en sociologie, Université de Toulouse 2
  • Anne BOSSE, Architecte-géographe, enseignante à l'ENSA de Paris Malaquais, chercheure au CRENAU (UMR AAU, ENSA Nantes)
  • Philippe BOURDEAU, Professeur en géographie, Université de Grenoble
  • Gilles BROUGERE, Professeur en sciences de l’éducation, Université de Paris 13
  • Didier CARIOU, Maitre de conférences en sciences de l’éducation, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Amandine CHAPUIS, Maîtresse de conférences en géographie, Université de Paris-Est Créteil
  • Gilda CHARRIER, Maître de conférences en sociologie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Aurélie CONDEVAUX, Anthropologue postdoctorante bourse Fleischmann/EIREST (Paris 1)
  • Francesca COMINELLI, Maître de conférences en sciences économiques, Université de Paris 1
  • Brice DUTHION, Maître de conférences en aménagement et urbanisme, CNAM
  • Julien FUCHS, Maître de conférences en STAPS, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Jean-Christophe GAY, Professeur en géographie, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Sébastien JACQUOT, Maître de conférences en géographie, Université de Paris 1
  • Laurence MOISY, Maître de conférences en géographie, Université d'Angers
  • Joseph NGIJOL, Maître de conférences en sciences de gestion, Université de Paris 3
  • Cécile OTTOGALLI-MAZZACAVALLO, Maîtresse de conférences en STAPS, Université de Lyon 1
  • Sylvain PATTIEU, Maître de conférences en histoire, Université de Paris 8
  • Pierre PERIER, Professeur en sciences de l’éducation, Université de Rennes 2
  • Cécile RENARD-DELAUTRE, Architecte, Docteur en géographie, EIREST, Université Paris 1
  • Gwendal SIMON, Maître de conférences en aménagement et urbanisme, Université de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
  • Pierre-Olaf SCHUT, Maître de conférences en STAPS, Université de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
  • Stéphanie TRUCHET, Ingénieur d’études en sciences économiques, IRSTEA de Clermont-Ferrand
  • Anne-Catherine WAGNER, Professeur en sociologie, Université de Paris 1

Places

  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Pôle Pierre-Jakez Hélias - 18 avenue Plage des Gueux
    Quimper, France (29)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, December 20, 2015

Keywords

  • tourisme, éducation, sensibilisation, apprentissage, production touristique, art de faire, injonction normative, compétence mobilitaire

Contact(s)

  • Emmanuelle Peyvel
    courriel : emmanuelle [dot] peyvel [at] univ-brest [dot] fr

Information source

  • Emmanuelle Peyvel
    courriel : emmanuelle [dot] peyvel [at] univ-brest [dot] fr

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« Education and travel: awareness, learning and tourist production », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, November 04, 2015, https://calenda.org/344166

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