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Tourism Landscapes and Luxury Consumption Conference
Date: 11 & 12 September 2008 Time: 11.30am
Luxury Consumption and Tourism Landscapes
Institute for Advanced Studies @ Lancaster University>
11 and 12 September 2008
Workshop organised by the Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física, Facultad de Geografía e Historia. UCM, Spain; Departamento de Antropología Social, Facultad de CC. Políticas y Sociología. UCM, Spain and 'mediterranean mobilities' - CeMoRe, Lancaster University, UK
Jonathan V. Beaverstock, University of Nottingham, UK. 'Locating the Global-super Rich in Contemporary Globalization'
Ghislain Dubois, Executive Director, TEC Consultants / Associate Professor, Versailles University, France. 'Tourism and Climate Change: Luxury and Inequality in the Access to mobility'
Pau Obrador, Sunderland University, UK. 'Dreams of luxury, Mediterranean Tourism and Bio-politics'
Rothanti Tzanelli, Leeds University, UK. 'The DaVinci Node: between 'Staged Cosmopolitanism' and Democratised Consumption'
Ana García Silberman, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. 'A taste for a distinctive Caribbean: Exclusive Tourism in Yucatán's Haciendas'
Mimi Sheller, Swarthmore University, USA. 'Sim-City-sur-Mer: Virtual Islands, Tourism Mobilities, and the Offshore Caribbean'
John Urry, Centre for Mobilities Research, UK. 'Reassessing Luxury and Excess'
(Please see information about the speakers below)
Signs of conspicuous ostentation proliferate along Caribbean and Mediterranean landscapes. Megayachts, private islands, ultra-expensive mansions, luxury hotels, and exclusive restaurants and country clubs speak of the prominence these regions are gainning in the transnational lifestyles of the super-rich. Luxury has been no stranger to places like Antigua, Belize, Bahamas, Barbados, St Tropez, Mallorca, or Monte Carlo in the 20th century. Yet the scale and geographical scope of recent developments are a reflection of the rapid polarisation of wealth in the last two decades and the rising number of individuals engrossing the lists of the multi-millionaire, mega-rich and billionaire (increase of 200,000 people in 2003 totalling 7.3 million globally). Social scientists are beginning to map out the spaces and practices of the super-rich in metropolitan areas of industrial countries and examine their significance in altering city landscapes. Understanding these mobile elites requires also a closer escrutiny of their transnational lifestyles and the constelation of places interconnected through their consumption patterns.
This workshop will examine luxury consumption in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean paying particular attention to the wider social, economic and environmental implications of elite lifestyles and their role in articulating flows of people, images, fantasies, objects and money.The Caribbean and the Mediterranean are particularly interesting areas for the study of the new high-earners. The democratisation of tourism in the postwar period partially eclypsed their earlier image as playgrounds of elite consumption and witnessed the emergence of discourses about their environmental destruction in the hands of herd-like tourists. Today their image of places spoiled by mass tourism co-exists in stark contrast with landscaped enclavic resorts evoking a sense of distinction and ecology. This should not be seen as a completely new trend. Mass tourism has always involved a paradoxical combination of narratives about accessibility and the democratization of travel along with unavoidable rounds of distinction games. Yet an interesting question in the age of the risk society and global resource scarcity is the way in which the rising aspirations and 'luxury fever' of the middle classes animated by the extravagant lifestyles of the super-rich are being negotiated with concerns about environmental limits.
Topics covered by the workshop include but are not restricted to:
The Workshop will be held in the Institute for Advanced Studies Rooms 2/3 at Lancaster University on 11-12 September. A few places are still available. The regular registration fee is £50 and the unwaged registration fee is £25 to include all meeting costs, lunch on both days and tea/coffee. There will be a dinner in Lancaster on the night of the 11th (not covered by the registration fees). Please let us know if you would like to attend. If required, a range of overnight accommodation is available at own cost in Lancaster.
and contact Javier Caletrio for any queriesWe hope to see you in September.
Thursday, 11th September
11.30 - 12.15 - Welcome and registration.Coffee, tea and sandwiches will be provided.
12.15 - 12.30 - Introduction - Matilde Córdoba, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Javier Caletrío, CeMoRe
12.30 - 1.30 - 'Locating the Global-super Rich in Contemporary Globalization' - Jonathan Beaverstock, University of Nottingham
Luxury and the Media (13.30 - 16.20)
13.30 - 14.30 - 'The DaVinci Node: Between 'Staged Cosmopolitanism' and Democratised Consumption?' - Rodanthi Tzanelli, Leeds University
14.30 - 15 - 'Luxury Tourism with a Post-colonial Flavour' - Karen Wilkes, University of East London
15 - 15.20 - Coffee / Tea
15.20 - 15.50 - 'Disparaging the Noddy Boats, Aspiring to Mrs David: Tensions in BBC Television's Rick Stein's French Odyssey' - David Dunn, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
15.50 - 16. 20 - 'Silence is Golden: Linguascaping and Social/spatial Exclusion in Elite Tourism Representations.' - Crispin Thurlow, University of Washington, Adam Jaworski, Cardiff University
16.20 - 17.30 - 'Dreams of Luxury, Mediterranean Tourism and Bio-politics' - Pau Obrador, Sunderland University
19 - Dinner at The Gatehouse, Lancaster
Friday, 12th September
9 - 10 - Coffee / Tea
10 - 11 - 'Tourism and Climate Change : Luxury and Inequality in the Access to Mobility' - Ghislain Dubois, TEC Consultants / Versailles University, France
Landscapes of luxury (11-15.05)
11 - 12 - 'Sim-City-sur-Mer: Virtual Islands, Tourism Mobilities, and the Offshore Caribbean' - Mimi Sheller, Swarthmore University, USA
12 - 13 - 'A Taste for a Distinctive Caribbean: Exclusive Tourism in Yucatán's Haciendas' - Ana García Silberman, Universidad Autónoma de Mexico, Matilde Córdoba, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
13 - 13.45 - Lunch
13.45 - 14. 25 - 'Golf in Spain: The Social and Territorial Concentration of a Phenomenon that Extensively Transcends the Sport' - Frank Babinger, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
14. 25 - 15.05 - 'View for the Few: Urban Ethnography on the Production of Real Estate Environments. The case of Tigné (Sliema, Malta)' - Marc Morrell, Universitat Illes Balears
15.05 - 15. 45 - 'Reassessing Luxury and Excess' - John Urry, CeMoRe
15.45 - 16.30 - Group discussion
Jon Beaverstock is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham. He has co-directed the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network. He has published extensively on globalization and world cities, the relational geographies of European and Asian-Pacific international financial centres, skilled international labour migration, expatriation and business travel in a digital age, and the geographies of the super-rich.
Ghislain Dubois is executive director of TEC Consultants and has researched extensively on tourism, transport and climate change working with future scenarios. His research has a strong connection to global environmental policies and he is a regular adviser of international bodies (UNESCO, UNWTO, UNEP Blue Plan).
Pau Obrador is a lecturer at Sunderland University. His research interests include cultural geographies of the beach, mass Mediterranean tourism, embodiment and sensuality, post-structural thinking and tourism, the changing nature of tourist subjectivities and the performance of tourist spaces. He is curently co-editing with Mike Crang a book on the cultures of Mediterranean mass tourism.
Rothanti Tzanelli, Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethnicity & Racism Studies, University of Leeds University. One of her research interest is the relationship between the tourist and cinematic industries. Her book 'The cinematic tourist' explores audiences' perceptions of film and their covert relationship with tourist advertising campaigns, alongside the nature of newly-born tourist industries and the reaction of native populations and nation-states faced with the commodification of their histories, identities and environments.
Ana García Silberman, Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Mexico. She has conducted extensive research on planning, culture, urban mobilities, regional development and tourism in Mexico. A strand of the research deals with environmental change and globalization processes in the Yucatán Peninsula.
Mimi Sheller, Swarthmore University, USA. Her research interests include histories and futures of freedom and democracy in the Caribbean and wider Atlantic World, Colonial and Postcolonial studies related to the sociology of global relations as traced through the past and present movements and circulation of commodities, images, people, capital, and "nature". She is co-editor of the journal 'Mobilities' and has published extensively on mobilities and urban infrastruture, cars, tourism, and new spaces of high connectivity.
John Urry, Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University. He has publised extensively on globalization, cultural industries, tourism, mobilities, complexities.
Call For Papers
We invite papers and presentations on such topics as:
Abstracts should include a title, contact details of the author(s) (name, postal address, email), and a summary of no more than 300 words. Please submit abstracts to the organisers no later than the 1st July 2008.
The Workshop will be held in the Institute for Advanced Studies Meeting Rooms 2/3 at Lancaster University on 11-12 September. The event will run from 12 noon on the 11th to 4pm on the 12th. There are a limited number of places so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
The regular registration fee is £50 and the unwaged registration fee is £25 to include all meeting costs, lunch and refreshmentson both days. There will be a dinner in Lancaster on the night of the 11th (not covered by the registration fees). Please let us know if you would like to attend the dinner. If required, a range of overnight accommodation is available at own cost on campus and in Lancaster. Please register here
Guestrooms at the University
Lancaster House Hotel (on campus)
or contact Pennie Drinkall for any queries
We hope to see you in September.
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated projects: Mediterranean Research Network
Keywords: Mediterranean, Mobilities, Tourism
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