Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Cultural Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Resistance
Secondary Theme: Materiality
Touristic spaces are places of exchange within a global economy, but they can also serve as sites of politics, resistance, and memory. At the same time, touristic sites often embody understandings of heritage expertise, affect and legitimacy, bringing together notions of kinship and the self with questions of profitability, heritage conservation, and national politics. As such, these spaces oftenserve as material foci for conversations about the self-assigned and designated roles of cultural experts in the production of what Laura Jane Smith calls “authorized heritage discourse,” as well as resistance to the legitimacy of such claims to knowledge. Participants in this panel engage these topics through ethnographic and archival research in Latin America and Europe.