Social mobility goes on holiday

The crossing point of social and physical mobility in tourism enacts a variety of inequalities as well as redistributive and generative paradoxes that may be worsened or even challenged by disruptive events and that directly impact our collective ability to move or not across the globe. The ATLAS’ 3rd International Seminar of Space, Place and Mobilities in Tourism SIG will be held on May 27th-28 2021 with the aim to bring together interdisciplinary perspectives on how tourist spaces are (in the present) and were (in the past) entangled with both exclusionary and inclusionary dynamics, resulting in both social conflicts and empowerment.

The seminar will host 25 participants and is supported by the People Node within the Mobility&Humanities excellence project at DiSSGeA in cooperation with the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research.

Keynote speakers:

Marco d’Eramo, Thursday May 27th, 2021, h. 15.15 (3 pm, CEST)
Perception of the world, freedom and tourism in the age of human mobility

Marco D’Eramo holds a degree in Physics, after which he studied Sociology with Pierre Bourdieu at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He is an Italian journalist and social theorist. He worked at the newspaper il manifesto for over thirty years. He writes for New Left Review, MicroMega and the Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung. He has written several books in Italian, some of which had an international diffusion, including “The Pig and the Skyscraper. Chicago: A History of Our Future” (Verso Books, 2003) and “the World in a Selfie. An Inquiry into the Tourist Age” (Verso Books in 2021). The latter is a spirited critique of the cultural politics of sightseeing or, why we are all tourists who hate tourists.

Stroma Cole, Friday, May 28th 2021, h.9.00 (9 am, CEST)
Tourism, Gender, Social (Im)mobility and Empowerment

Dr Stroma Cole combines her academic career with action research and consultancy.  Her research explores the interconnect between tourism, gender and water rights. In 2020 she received a British Academy Knowledge Frontier grant to explore the connections between Water Insecurity and Gender Based Violence. She is a director of Equality in Tourism, an international charity seeking to increase gender equality in tourism. She has over 30 publications, including the edited books Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment (2018) and Tourism and Inequality (with Nigel Morgan, 2010) and her monograph Tourism, Culture and Development: Hopes, Dreams and Realities in Eastern Indonesia (2007). Stroma is an Associate Editor for Annals of Tourism Research and on the editorial board at Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Diane P. Koenker, Friday, May 28th 2021, h.15.00 (3 pm, CEST)
The Paradox of Soviet Tourism: Pleasure Travel in the Passport State

Prof. Diane P. Koenker (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UK) is an historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, whose work has been shaped by a deep interest in and empathy for ordinary people. Her book Club Red. Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream (2013) is a study of vacations and tourism in the Soviet Union, aiming to explain the “other side” of the relationship between the state and the Soviet people, other than violence, repression, and controlled mobility. Most originally, the book reveals the tension between leisure travel as a state tool for creating loyal subjects and individuals’ appropriation of that tool to cultivate their own autonomous well-being, not necessarily to escape but to live their lives as they chose.

International Scientific Committee: Patrizia Battilani (University of Bologna, Italy), Benedetta Castiglioni (University of Padova, Italy), Szilvia Gyimothy (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Dimitri Ioannides (Mid-Sweden University, Sweden), Paola Minoia (University of Turin, Italy).

Local organizing committe: Fiammetta Brandajs and Antonio P. Russo (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Federica L. Cavallo and Giovanna Di Matteo

(Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Sabrina Meneghello and Chiara Rabbiosi (University of Padua)

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The even will also be streamed live on Facebook @dissgea.unipd