[URBANTH-L] CFP For AAA Panel: Recent Perspectives on Ecotourism
David I. Rezende Fleischer
ivanfleischer at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 13 17:09:48 EDT 2008
Call for Papers / Proposed Session
Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association
San Francisco, CA, November 19-23, 2008
Recent Perspectives on Ecotourism: questions of territory, identity and environmental conservation.
David Ivan Rezende Fleischer
PhD Program in Anthropology, University at Albany – SUNY
df681417 at albany.edu
Ecotourism is a recurrent topic in anthropology scholarly production. Ecotourism is an activity that an increasing importance not only in economic discussions but political, social and cultural as well. In the last 10 years, ecotourism projects have been developed in several countries of Latin America as an alternative way to generate income to families and communities; to control and ordinate land use and land tenure; to guarantee protection to specific species of animals and plants; to protect traditional values and technologies of certain communities; to control use of natural resources; and to foment shifts of former extractive livelihoods to conservationist ones. Several of these initiatives have been developed in combination with environmental conservation projects inside and out of national parks; in combination with indigenous and traditional populations; and other times with help of national and foreign organizations and governments.
Within this scenario of ecotourism development, other more teleological perspectives with regard to the protection and preservation of traditional culture and of nature can conflict with more contemporary arguments that draw on the seductive economic benefits that ecotourism can promote. To foment this discussion of the two-sided effects of ecotourism within contemporaneous situations, this session was organized to discuss ecotourism (a) in territorially defined areas (e.g., indigenous and traditional land, protected areas such as national parks, sanctuaries and reserves); (b) and its possible combinations with environmental conservation projects, traditional (ecological) knowledge and economic benefits; (c) and its interconnections with public and private interests of distinct social actors and institutions (e.g. community associations, NGOs, city and town halls, government departments and agencies, universities, international agencies, etc.). Anthropological data collection and research of nature tourism and ecotourism is growing more and more, and there is a need to have more discussion. The session welcomes wide-range of innovative papers exploring the shifting analytical perspective of anthropological knowledge production of nature tourism, ecotourism and related subjects.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by March 20 to
David Ivan Fleischer
df681417 at albany.edu or
d.ivanfleischer at gmail.com
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