Tourism and Seductions of Difference | Lisbon, Portugal | 9-12 September 2010

Who, or what are tourists seduced by? What constitutes their arousal? How do tourists learn what to be seduced by? How is the tourist experience and the temptation to travel framed? What can these attractions tell us about the moral order of tourism and modern culture? How are forms of local, ethnic, gender and national self being shaped and maintained in the contact zones of tourism? How are tourist attractions assembled to entice tourists? How is seduction in tourism being politically framed? What are the threats and consequences of seducing tourists? What happens when tourists seduce? How can seduction work as a means for resistance? What happens when seduction is rejected?

As tourism research spreads into the field of anthropological enquiry, this Conference aimed to tackle one of the central ontological and phenomeno-logical premises of tourism: the fascination with, and the formation of, 'Others'. During the four days of the event, more than 200 academics from more than 30 countries explored the seductive powers of the touristic immersion in various forms of ‘Other’ and the forms of social life this immersion shapes at different scales of social life. The event also included a film festival with an official selection of 8 films.
The conference was jointly organised by CRIA, the TOCOCU network and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change. It involved a large number of CRIA members who presented papers, chaired panels or were part of the organiser committee. Moreover, it employed one intern (Carina Amaral) and four volunteers. The event was hosted in the locality of FCSH of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Catering was provided by Sabor at Nova (coffee breaks and lunch) and Cervejaria Portugália (dinner). In addition, several events including a welcome reception and various excursions animated by anthropologists working in Portugal were organised directly by the conference team (tours to Sintra, to Almada, to Bairro Alto, to Lisbon’s miradouros)

The philosophy of the event was to be open and accessible. The registration fees (€55 for students, €85 for staff) included all conference material, lunches, coffee breaks, a reception and a dinner. The conference generated a considerable turnover, with a net surplus to cover CRIA’s and TOCOCU’s administrative costs. The event benefited from an FCT conference grant and sponsorship from two international publishers (Berghahn and Channel View). It received excellent immediate feedback for its academic quality, friendliness and organisation. Several publications are likely to be produced from papers presented at the event.

For further information, please contact: Dr David Picard [piccccc at], CRIA/FCSH-UNL.


Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA)
Tourism Contact Culture Research Network (TOCOCU)
Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC)

David Picard,
8 Sep 2010, 03:33