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Panel — Knowledge production for cultural heritage management in tourism contexts


Please, find here a Call For Papers (CFP) for the panel Types of knowledge used for cultural heritage management in tourism contexts to be held during the upcoming IUAES Inter-Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia (4-9 May 2016).

If you’re interested in submitting an abstract, please go online, register, and follow the instructions: http://iuaes2016.com/submit-paper/. Deadline: 31 January 2016


Main topic:

Engagement and practice: publicizing and using anthropology/Bringing anthropology to the people: how can science contribute to everyday lives

Panel short abstract:

How do decision-makers use different types of knowledge (experts, academics, entrepreneurs) when managing cultural heritage in tourism contexts? The panel looks into stakeholders’ practices, their reference sources and how they apply experts’ knowledge to territories moving into tourism.

Panel keywords:

cultural heritage management, expertise knowledge production, policy-making, tourism

Panel Text:

How do decision-makers make use of the different types of tourism knowledge (i.e., experts, academics, and tourism entrepreneurs) when managing cultural heritage in a tourism context?

Although there is not a specific research focusing on decision-making regarding cultural heritage management process in tourism contexts, there is much literature analysing the use and transfer of tourism knowledge, and various regional studies have been conducted. Many studies about expertise and political decision-making have highlighted the importance of studying this relationship, and heritage management has become a matter of the experts. Many authors point out the dependence of public decisions on experts’ knowledge is a fact. This panel offers the possibility to look into stakeholders’ practices, their reference sources and how they apply experts’ knowledge to particular territories moving from traditional socioeconomic basis into a tourism one.

Nowadays the management of cultural heritage is inseparable from cultural tourism. Actually many studies confirm that to become a commodity is an inherent property of heritage, since tourism could be defined the most perfect and sophisticated creation of capitalism, since it not only consumes places and territories, sculpt landscapes or perpetuate dependency relations, it also produces senses and meanings. Accordingly, in most tourism destinations, policy-makers match the management of cultural heritage with that of cultural tourism.


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25 noviembre 2015