CFP: Memory, Tourism, and Migration (Call for papers, edited collection)

Please see below the synopsis of a book proposal for Routledge. If you would like to contribute a chapter, please contact Prof. Sabine Marschall, School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal : marschalls@ukzn.ac.za

Memory, Tourism and Migration

Both tourism and migration are significant, increasing and impactful dynamics characterizing the contemporary age across the globe. Much scholarly literature has been published in each of these academic fields, but only recently has the intersection between tourism and migration become a subject of scholarly interest (e.g. Timothy & Cole, 2004). The proposed book contributes to this topical nexus a specific analytical focus, the role of memory.

The book will be structured in three parts, mirroring the migration cycle and its intersection with touristic mobility. Part I explores different forms of individual and collective memory (of home/land, culture, social relations) in the context of migration.  It investigates how transnational migrants, immigrants, refugees, and the internally displaced recreate home in their host country/place of residence through material culture (food, dress, ‘memory objects’), performativity (rituals, performances, memory-based routines) and social relations; how involuntary tangible and intangible stimuli evoke memories of home; and how collective memory emerges through sharing, intergenerational transfer and institutionalization of memory.

The book will be structured in three parts, mirroring the migration cycle and its intersection with touristic mobility. Part I explores different forms of individual and collective memory (of home/land, culture, social relations) in the context of migration.  It investigates how transnational migrants, immigrants, refugees, and the internally displaced recreate home in their host country/place of residence through material culture (food, dress, ‘memory objects’), performativity (rituals, performances, memory-based routines) and social relations; how involuntary tangible and intangible stimuli evoke memories of home; and how collective memory emerges through sharing, intergenerational transfer and institutionalization of memory.

Part II focuses on the touristic mobilities and practices of migrants as a neglected aspect of research in both tourism studies and migration studies. More specifically, it concentrates on tourism motivated by memories of home, such as temporary return journeys undertaken by migrants – with or without their children; tours to ‘surrogate destinations’ that resemble familiar landscapes of home, etc. This part of the book highlights travel and tourism as a mode of remembrance, but also as a ‘reality check’ that can problematize distorted memories and nostalgia.

Part III brings the migration cycle to a close by discussing the role of memory in the context of return migration or counter-diasporic migration, often after several temporary return visits. This section of the book includes the return of 3rd and later generation diasporic communities and the importance of collective memories of the homeland.

The proposed book makes an original contribution by linking the emergent field of memory studies to the disciplines of migration and tourism studies, advancing theories and concepts in each of the three fields through interdisciplinary perspectives. Beyond the academic realm, findings will be useful for policy makers, planners, government agencies and the tourism industry.

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