CFP – EASA conference Tallinn, Tour guides. Please distribute

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We invite you to send in paper proposals for our session at the EASA
conference in Tallinn, Estonia July 31- August 3 this summer. Details below.

Jackie Feldman (
Jonathan Skinner (

Panel Title: The Technologies and Techniques of Guiding: Tour Guides as
Cultural Mediators
Panel Short Abstract:
We invite papers examining the mediators of the tourism contact zone,
especially tour guides. What are the problems and complexities of this
position as staged, played out and (mis/auto)represented by the tour guide?
How are they shaped by power relations and new technologies of

Panel Long Abstract:
Besides serving as a major generator of revenue in the world economy and as
a source of income for local and indigenous communities, tourism has become
a venue for significant intercultural contact. Such contacts have often
served to perpetuate power relations inherent in colonialism and
Orientalist understandings, but they may also establish relations of
intimacy, respect and mutuality. This panel examines the mediators of these
spaces, specifically the tour guide.
What is the position of tour guides in this process? How do they foster or
stage this engagement? As cultural mediators, cosmopolitans, leaders,
father figures and pathfinders, the tour guide negotiates a complex terrain
of physical mobility and virtual and existential imagination. How do they
overcome the economic, psychological, social or linguistic disjuncts
between guests and hosts? How do their performances negotiate the economic
and political interests of states, tour operators, and the guides
themselves? How do recent developments in technologies and techniques of
representation – from simple ‘schtick’ and microphone use to sophisticated
use of electronic media, from company branding to indigenous
self-advertising – play out in the contact zone? And what is the impact of
the tour guide’s actions and (auto-) representations on the visitor, the
visited and themselves? The anthropological shift in conceptualizing the
tourism encounter from one of host and guest to a focus on the mediators of
tourism develops our understanding of the tourism frontier area. This panel
welcomes further scrutiny, be it structural, visual and technological,
reflexive, legal and political, sociocultural, economic or sensual.

EASA2014, the 13th EASA Biennial Conference of the European Association of
Social Anthropologists (EASA), taking place in Tallinn, the beautiful
capital city of Estonia, on*31st July – 3rd August, 2014.*

The 2014 EASA conference is organized by the Department of Social and
Cultural Anthropology at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn
University in conjunction with the EASA.
The theme of the conference is *Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution:
innovation and continuity in an interconnected world* (please read more
about the theme here: ).

In order to propose a paper, please visit the website to read the
instructions and
to view the list of accepted panels

All proposals must be made to specific panels via the ‘Propose a paper’
link found beneath the panel abstract on that panel’s webpage.
Proposals should consist of:

– a paper title
– authors/co-authors
– a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
– a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

The deadline for the CFP is *February 27th, 2014*.

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