Publication: Murals and Tourism – Routledge

Forthcoming edited volume
‘Murals and Tourism: Heritage, Politics and Identity’

About the Book

Around the world, tourists are drawn to visit murals painted on walls. Whether heritage asset, legacy leftover, or contested art space, the mural is more than a simple tourist attraction or accidental aspect of tourism material culture. They express something about the politics, heritage and identity of the locations being visited, whether a medieval fresco in an Italian church, or modern political art found in Belfast or Tehran.

This interdisciplinary and highly international book explores tourism around murals that are either evolving or have transitioned as instruments of politics, heritage and identity. It explores the diverse messaging of these murals: their production, interpretation, marketing and – in some cases – destruction. It argues that the mural is more than a simple tourist attraction or accidental aspect of tourism material culture.

Murals and Tourism will be valuable reading for those interested in cultural geography, tourism, heritage studies and the visual arts.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. ‘Wall-to-wall coverage’: an introduction to murals tourism

Jonathan Skinner and Lee Jolliffe

Part II: Heritage

2. Heritage murals as tourist attractions in Ravenna, Moldavia and Istanbul: artistic treasures, cultural identities and political statements

Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing

3. From ‘sacred images’ to ‘tourist images’? The fourteenth-century frescoes of Santa Croce, Florence

Russell Staiff

4. The walls speak. Mexican popular graphics as heritage

Martín M. Checa- Artasu

5. Tourism, voyeurism and the media ecologies of Tehran’s mural arts

Pamela Karimi

Part III: Politics

6. La Carbonería: an alternative transformation of public space

Plácido Muñoz Morán

7. Murals as sticking plasters: improving the image of an eastern German city for visitors and residents

Gareth E. Hamilton

8. Difference upon the walls: hygienizing policies and the use of graffiti against pixação in São Paulo

Paula Larruscahim and Paul Schweizer

Part IV: Identity

9. A journey through public art in Douala: framing the identity of New Bell neighbourhood

Marta Pucciarelli and Lorenzo Cantoni

10. Visiting murals and healing the past of racial injustice in divided Detroit

Deborah Che

11. Visiting murals and grafitti art in Brazil

Angela C. Flecha, Cristina Jönsson and D’Arcy Dornan

12. Balancing Uruguayan identity and sustainable economic development through street art

María de Miguel Molina, Virginia Santamarina Campos, Blanca de Miguel Molina and Eva Martínez Carazo

Part V: Northern Ireland

13. State intervention in re-imaging Northern Ireland’s political murals: implications for tourism and the communities

Maria T. Simone-Charteris

14. The Gaeltacht Quarter of Mural City: Irish in Falls Road murals

Siun Carden

15. Extra-mural activities and trauma tourism: public and community sector re-imaging of street art in Belfast

Katy Radford

Part VI: Future Directions

16. Murals as a tool for action research

Rebecca Yeo

CFP: Museums Journal – “Alien” (Deadline 1/5/2018)

Call for Submissions 2018

Fwd: Museums Journal – “Alien”


Recognizing the need to critically transform museums, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and imagining alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This journal is produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Museum and Exhibition Studies Program.


In response to the 2016 election and its immediate aftermath, the theme of our third issue is “alien.” What does it mean to be “alien”? How can we unpack the term “alien” in the context of museums and cultural institutions?

Submission topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      Social and political resistance within museums

·      Museums as sanctuary

·      Politics of representation

·      Labeling practices

·      Repatriation of cultural heritage

·      Community engagement/detachment

·      Occupying digital spaces

·      Alienated labor

·      Migration/removal

·      Centering marginalized groups

·      Queering museums

·      Discomforted visitors

Fwd: Museums invites academic articles, essays, exhibition/book reviews, artwork, creative writing, experimental forms, and interviews. All submissions should follow the guidelines and relate to the journal’s mission statement. We strongly encourage reviews and interviews and require all other submissions to connect to the third issue’s theme, “alien.” Scholars, artists, practitioners, and activists from all fields are welcome to submit.

– Deadline: January 5, 2018 by 11:59 pm (CT)

– Writing: Chicago style (footnotes and bibliography) English manuscripts of up to 2,500 words (with exhibition/book reviews up to 1,000 words, and interviews/profiles up to 1,500 words) as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. There is no minimum word count. Submissions that exceed our word counts will not be considered. Manuscripts written in languages other than English may be considered.

– Visuals: Low resolution B/W and color images of original artwork in TIFF or JPEG format. If your submission is selected, we will request high resolution images of 300 PPI at print size.

-Submission form:

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Please email us at with inquiries. Visit our website for submission updates and information about previous issues of Fwd: Museums.

CFP: Conference ‘Materialities of Postcolonial Memory’ DEADLINE JUNE 1

Call for Papers for the Conference ‘Materialities of Postcolonial Memory’ to be held at the University of Amsterdam 7-9 December 2017.
Keynotes will be: Nikita Dhawan, Lynn Meskell, Wayne Modest, and Ann Stoler.

The deadline for abstracts is Thursday 1 June 2017  to be send to<>.

For more information check the conference website:

CFP: I Congresso internacional Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial, Universidad de Navarra

I Congreso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial: Preservación, Estudio y Transmission”
FECHA: Quinta-feira, 5 de Outubro de 2017 – Sexta-feira, 6 de Outubro de 2017
LUGAR: Museo de Navarra
ORGANIZA: Cátedra del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial (UPNA)
Podem enviar propostas de comunicação ou posters até dia 2 de Junho. No site aparece 12 de Maio, mas o prazo foi prolongado.
Encontram aqui todas as informações necessárias:

CFP: Uses of the Past symposium, Finland, November


Uses of the Past – Menneisyyspolitiikat

9.–10.11. 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland

“Uses of the Past – Menneisyyspolitiikat” symposium brings together researchers who explore the intersections of the past, present and future. The symposium is open to experts from wide variety of academic fields. The working languages of the symposium are Finnish and English.

Confirmed speakers include Ulf Zander (Lund University), Leena Kurvet-Käosaar (University of Tartu), Kuisma Korhonen (University of Oulu), Jan Löfström (University of Helsinki) and Saija Kaskinen (University of Eastern Finland).

The symposium invites scholars to present papers which critically engage with the following topics

  • the political uses of the past in creating meanings in the present and for the future
  • the use of personal and cultural narratives and visual representations in reproducing the past
  • the interactions of micro and macro levels in politics of the past
  • cultural memory and belonging and the intersections of politics of memory and politics of belonging
  • affectivity, belonging and the past
  • the use of nostalgia in constructing the present and the future.

Abstracts (250 words max) should be sent to Johanna Turunen,, +358 40 805 4511. Deadline for abstracts 19.6.2017.

There will also be a separate workshop for doctoral students arranged prior to the symposium on November 8th 2017. Separate CFP will be announced closer to the event.

More information on the event at

The symposium is organized in cooperation by Society for Cultural studies and three research projects: EUROHERIT (ERC Starting Grant), Arts of Belonging (Kone Foundation), Intersecting Mobilities (Kone Foundation). All research projects are based at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

CFP: International Conference Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

It is a reminder that the abstract submission deadline for the International Conference: Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage is fast approaching. Given your interest in heritage studies I thought that this conference might be of your interest. Please circulate it among the wider group of your network. Thank you very much!

The conference is organised by the University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing, and Historic Environment Scotland. The call for papers is now open, and abstract submission deadline is Monday 22 May.

Conference Link:

International Conference: Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

1-3 September, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing, and Historic Environment Scotland are pleased to announce a three-day international conference to be held in Stirling from 1 to 3 September 2017.

Cultural heritage faces an array of challenges, many of which are replicated across the world. Whilst local circumstances vary, there are opportunities to share experiences and collaborate in finding solutions. As part of the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, the Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage conference celebrates the newly formed partnership between the University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing and Historic Environment Scotland. The conference seeks to explore and share approaches to specific challenges in relation to a range of shared issues.

The conference will take place in the City of Stirling, a pivotal location on the nation’s history and a historic site. The main location will be at the stunning University of Stirling and access to other culturally significant sites such as Stirling Castle and the Engine Shed – Scotland’s new national conservation centre. The event will be based around a balance of formal papers, focused workshops and practical site visits.

We invite proposals for panels, individual paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • Assessing Global Challenges.
  • Significance, Value and Meaning in Cultural Heritage.
  • Conservation of Historic Fabric.
  • Technology and Innovation in Heritage.
  • Conservation Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Visitor Management and Engagement

These are some suggested themes – we warmly welcome all contributors on the theme of Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage from any analytical perspective and in a variety of ways.

If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract by completing the online form by Monday 22 May 2017.

  • 500-word abstract (individual paper)


  • 300-word summary plus 300-word per paper (panel)

You will also need to provide the following information: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

Abstract Submission System:

For further information, please see:
If you have any question, please email

Conference: Propriété et environnement dans les pays en développement / 7-8 juin 2017 / MNHN

Conférence internationale « Propriété et environnement dans les pays en développement »

Organisée et financée par l’ANR Govenpro

Les 7 et 8 juin 2017 au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle – Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

La question de savoir quelles sont les formes de propriété qui participent le plus efficacement à la conservation et/ou à l’exploitation économique des environnements – de la propriété privée à la propriété d’État, en passant par les différentes formes de propriété collectives, communes ou patrimoniales a suscité des débats théoriques intenses et disputés dans le champ académique (Coase 1960; Hardin 1968; Ostrom 1990).

Nous proposons d’embrasser toutes ces théories par le terme – théories environnement/propriété – et d’étudier leur déploiement dans les pays en développement dans la construction de ce que l’on peut appeler des « régimes de ressources » (Vatn 2007, 2015). En effet, nous gageons que loin de s’être imposées de manière monolithique aux cours de phases successives, ces théories ont été mises en œuvre de manière très pragmatique par toute une série d’acteurs nationaux et internationaux pour tenter de les adapter aux usages locaux des ressources naturelles, mais en ignorant souvent les conceptions locales de l’appropriation et de la mise en commun.

Frédéric Thomas Sarah BenabouTarik Dahou (UMR PALOC, IRD-MNHN) ;

Fabien Locher (UMR CRH, CNRS-EHESS) ;

Valérie Boisvert (Université de Lausanne).



Workshop: Access & Control: Urban Public Space and Heritage in an Age of Securitization

Access & Control: Urban Public Space and Heritage in an Age of Securitization

Monday, the 29th May, GSZ

12:00-12:30  Introduction and Greeting
            Heike Oevermann, Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies
Humboldt University of Berlin

12:30-13:30  I. Accessibility

Accessing the Past: The African Burial Ground and the Spatial
Tensions of Power in New York
Jonathan Bach, Global Studies Program, The New School, New York

13:30-13:45  Coffee Break (15 Min.)

13:45-14:45  „Disappearing Heritage” in Eastern Europe: The Castle in Buda, Hungary
Eszter Gantner, Humboldt University of Berlin/Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

14:45-15:45  II. Control

Inheritance and Betrayal: Taming Unrest in China’s Post-socialist City through Historical Preservation
Yukiko Koga, Anthropology Department, Hunter College, City University of New York

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break (15 Min.)

16:00-17-00  Questioning Anxiety: Subway Stations as Heritage Sites
Oksana Zaporozhets, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

17:00-17:30  Summary


Tuesday, the 30th of May, GSZ

10:00-11:00  III. Security

Urban Strategies, Forms of Participation and Securitization in the French Multiethnic Areas
Christophe Foultier, REMESO-ISV Linköping University, Sweden

11:00-12:00  Security, Public Space and Social Capital in Post-socialist Russian Cities: The Complicated Juxtaposition (working title)
Oleg Pachenkov, Center for Independent Social Research (CISR), European University at St.-Petersburg,

12:00-12:15 Coffee Break (15 Min.)

12:15-13:00 Grassroots Urban Activism in St.Petersburg: Keeping Security and Order in the City
Svetlana Moskaleva, Department of Political Science and Sociology in European University at St.-Petersburg

13:00-13:45  Wrap Up  Heike Oevermann

Venue: Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies / Humboldt University of Berlin, Mohrenstr 41, 4th Floor, Room 418

This Workshop takes place at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin in cooperation with The New School / University of New York.

We would like to say thank you to the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation for supporting this event.

CFP: State Socialism, Heritage Experts and the Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945

CFP: State Socialism, Heritage Experts and the Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945
University of Exeter and Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Member of the Leibniz-Association
21.11.2017-22.11.2017, Exeter
Deadline: 20.06.2017

Publication: Jochen Gerz-Octave Debary / Goethe Institut 22 mai 2017