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Modul 9693

Production and Representation of touristic spaces
Production and Representation of touristic spaces

Studiengang Master International Tourism Management.
ModulbezeichnungProduction and Representation of touristic spaces
Semester 2    
ModulverantwortlicherProf. Dr. Anja Wollesen
DozentDr. Carola May
SpracheDeutsch Englisch
Zuordnung zum CCcompulsory optional subject: culture
Lehrform / SWSseminar, reading course; 4 SWS
   Präsenzstudium60 Std.
   Eigenstudium120 Std.
Lernziele / Kompetenzen

Tourism can be seen as a consumption of space but also as a dynamic force that continually creates new space. Its power lies in its capacity to transform landscapes, economies, peoples’ lifestyle and cultures, and in shaping identities, ideas, behaviors, by establishing new networks of power, forging new ideas and representations, and creating discourses of space, place and difference. Above all tourism is about encounters: encounters between people and places, and among people (Crouch). Being a socio-cultural phenomenon, tourism is ascribed to culture, Zeitgeist and economic and technical conditions. It is created and influenced by different actors, who imprint their ideas, expectations, behavioral patterns and consumer habits to the visited places/spaces. Whilst objects and images spatialise, particular tourism spaces emerge that are dynamic, multilayer and value laden. Often the encounters between guests and hosts in these spaces are unbalanced, uneven, destabilizing, resulting in exploitation and deterritorialisation. But at times they are productive, create wealth, and forge practices of reterritorialisation as well as alliances between distant people.
This seminar intends to work out the mutual processes of construction of tourism, space and culture. The identification of the spatial and its function for social practices (tourism) will be focused. We look at definitions of space as “other” spaces/worlds (than your everyday-world), to space consumption and the friction of local and global in tourism encounter. We get acquainted to liminal spaces, get a feeling for sensual perceptions of space and have an understanding of the performative nature of tourism spaces.
The seminar is a so called reading course (Lektürekurs). Its success depends on participation. We read a selection of distributed texts about space, culture and tourism. With basic inputs by the lecturer, discussions around texts that are read and prepared at home/ in class, and the collective analysis of theoretical contents we will work in small working groups and in class. The aim is to get familiar with theoretical approaches and scientific texts of a wide range of different backgrounds such as Cultural Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Spatial Theories and cultural Sciences. Combined they offer a perspective that uncovers negative and positive aspects, possibilities and obstacles of contemporary tourism phenomenon.
Since a proper analysis of tourism impacts always needs an interdisciplinary approach, students of different professional qualifications are warmly welcomed!

Prüfungsleistungwritten exam
Medienformenreading matter, Beamer, Blackboard

Crouch, David (2001): Spatialities and the Feeling of Doing. In: Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 2 (1), 61-75.

Graburn, N. H. H. (1989): Tourism: The Sacred Journey. In: Smith, V. L. (Hrsg.): Hosts and Guests. The Anthropology of Tourism (2. Aufl.). Philadelphia, 21-36.

MacCannel, Dean (1999): The Tourist. A New Theory of the Leisure Class. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London

May, Carola (2012): Raum, Tourismus, Kultur: Die konstruktion des Tourismusraumes “Dänische Südsee”. München

Rojek, Ch. und J. Urry (1997.): Touring Cultures – Transformations of Travel and Theory. London, New York
Turner, Victor (1974): Liminal to Liminoid, in Play, Flow and Ritual: an Essay in Comparative Symbology. In: Rice University Studies, Vol. 60 (3), 53-91.
Tuan, Yi-Fu (2008): Space and Place. The Perspective of Experience. Minneapolis, London.
Wöhler, Karlheinz (2011): Touristifizierung von Räumen. Kulturwissenschaftliche und soziologische Studien zur Raumkonstruktion. Wiesbaden.

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