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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Mediating Travel: Digital Media, Tourism, and the Cosmopolitan Self in a Hyperconnected World [Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 10:00 - 14:00


Room 3.160

Digital media technologies have profoundly reshaped travel practices and tourist places. The Internet and digital platforms created a new realm of experience within the global tourism industry, transforming the complex relationships between hosts and guests. On the one hand, tourist blogs disseminate travel narratives and visual representations of tourism sites while reconfiguring the manifold tourism imaginaries. On the other hand, tourism organizations adapt to the ubiquitous use of mobile devices in everyday life by circulating more audio-visual content about tourist destinations. In addition to tourism agencies, mobile applications mediate among tourism actors at the global-local nexus. The authenticity of tourism actors, services and objects is increasingly staged on the screens of mobile devices, changing tourism culture in unprecedented ways. From Airbnb to augmented reality apps new possibilities for solidarity between hosts and guests and for the discovery of tourism sites are enabled, and sometimes prevented. Bringing together tourism scholars who ethnographically explore the digitalization of tourism, and digital ethnographers who study the field of tourism, this panel seeks to gain new understandings of the mutual shaping of cosmopolitan selves and digital media. We invite theoretical contributions and empirical case studies on the different roles of digital media in contemporary tourism in the global south and north. In what ways does digitalization reshape cosmopolitan selves and solidarities between locals and tourists? How is the authenticity of subjectivities digitally mediated and interpreted in a context of widening dissemination of fake information? What are the epistemological consequences of studying digitized tourist places?


  • P 90.1
    • Dr. Ritter, Christian (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Department of Social Anthropology))
    • Dr. Nathansohn, Regev (Sapir Academic College (Department of Communication))
  • P 90.2
    • Dr. Ritter, Christian (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Department of Social Anthropology))
    • Dr. Nathansohn, Regev (Sapir Academic College (Department of Communication))

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In January of 2017, Shahak Shapira’s “Yolocaust Project,” a digital exhibition of tourist selfies taken at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial with images from concentration camps photoshopped into the background, went live. The exhibit sparked discussion around appropriate behaviors at the memorial site, as well as the effectiveness of the site itself in facilitating memories of the Holocaust. Bu ... More
Presented by Caitlin DYCHE on 31/8/2019 at 11:00
With the rise of digital technologies, the labour of many workers is no longer anchored to particular workplaces. In the late twentieth-century much was written about the potential of the internet to free workers from the quotidian rhythms of working life – from commuting and the nine-to-five routine – and instead to ‘telecommute’ with flexible-hours working arrangements. However, the rise ... More
Presented by Dr. George MORGAN on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
CouchSurfing (CS) is a free global online hospitality exchange network. Bringing together members as hosts and guests in the intimate everyday spaces of the home, CS leans on a cosmopolitan ideology that celebrates diversity. It aims to overcome stereotypes and even contribute to global peace. Yet the CS project is marked by a potential tension between the ‘culturalisation’ of differences betw ... More
Presented by Alexander ILJA CHAPLIN on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
James Clifford has noted that travel is not merely about going places; it is a conceptual and geographic displacement intended to catalyse consciously enriching experiences. Concomitant with the rise of so-called experiential travel, changes in the production, consumption and mediation of such experience have ‘de-placed’ the doing of travel, shifting it from a phenomenon bound up with place to ... More
Presented by Dr. Roger NORUM on 31/8/2019 at 12:15
Tourism has an ambiguous effect on local poplations: on one side, they are happy to earn easy money, on the other, it gradually destroys their way of life and transforms traditions culture into a cheap show to entertain the guests. The negative attitude becomes especially strong when local owners are gradually replaced by big investors from elsewhere. Cheap flights, cruises and the AirBnB type of ... More
Presented by Prof. Ivaylo DITCHEV on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
„Eat, Pray, Love“ might have become some of the most famous words in recent decades to inspire international tourism. Good food, some yoga, honeymoon, even party tourists find what they were looking for on Bali, Indonesia. But Bali has been a tourist destination since the beginning of the 20th Century, and has been sold in plenty of novels, books, movies and guides as the dream of the exotic ... More
Presented by Sophie MAHAKAM ANGGAWI on 31/8/2019 at 12:35
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