Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
Journeys of Expressions VI: Diaspora Community Festivals, Cultural Events
York, United Kingdom
4-6 October 2007
Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change
Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom
Journeys of Expression VI will bring together researchers who share
interests in diaspora community cultures as expressed, translated and
consumed through festivals and cultural events. The conference encourages
contributions from contrasting but related theoretical and conceptual
approaches from Social Science and Humanities disciplinary perspectives. The
conference will also attract researchers from the fields of tourism and
The enforced, encouraged or voluntary movement, migration and dispersion of
people over centuries and in recent years is reflected in the family
backgrounds, life histories and cultural practices of communities in many
countries, regions and cities worldwide. Mobilities associated with the
processes of globalisation are demonstrably, if unevenly contributing to an
acceleration of migration for more or less permanent, official and legal
settlement of people beyond their 'homelands'.
In many cases, diaspora communities have been subject to hostility and
discrimination in their adopted countries and some remain relatively
impoverished, marginalised and excluded from 'mainstream' society.
Others, in contrast have been more socially and economically successful and
have either retained distinct diaspora community identities or have become
more integrated with other communities over time.
Tourism has also grown substantially and unevenly in recent years, with
tourists increasingly encouraged to attend and participate in 'exotic'and
'characteristically authentic' displays of community life in destinations
visited. Such tourism typically features the packaging, promotion and
consumption of diaspora community neighbourhoods, food and shopping and
importantly festivals and cultural events.
The relationships between diaspora communities, festivity, cultural events
and tourism are therefore of considerable interest to academic researchers,
as well as for arts, social, cultural and tourism policy makers and
practitioners in many countries.
Theoretical issues and themes to be explored at this conference include:
* Defining and conceptualising diasporas in connection with festivals and
* Histories of diaspora communities' mobilities and the transformation and
adaptation of festivity and cultural events to new community circumstances
* Relationships between diaspora communities and the 'homeland' and
expressions of collective memory through festivals and cultural events;
* The distribution and circulation of globalised diaspora festival forms -
e.g. carnival, mela, Irish, Chinese, Jewish - religious and secular,
established, emerging and contested;
* The role of diaspora festivals and cultural events in policies and
programmes to promote community cohesion, crime reduction and anti-racism;
* Festivals, cultural events and the identities of diaspora community
members - inter-generational issues;
* Festivals, cultural events and the multi- (inter-) cultural city;
* Settings and spaces for diaspora festivals and cultural events;
* Issues surrounding new and recently introduced diaspora community
festivals and cultural events;
* Performing diaspora community arts through festivals;
* Diaspora tourism markets.
In the tradition of the Journeys of Expressions conference series, we wish
to encourage an interdisciplinary debate on the suggested themes and welcome
paper proposals from academics from various disciplinary backgrounds
including: tourism studies, festival studies, sociology, anthropology,
cultural studies, cultural geography, politics, etc. If you wish to submit a
paper proposal, please send a 300-word abstract with full address and
institutional affiliation details as an electronic file to Dr. Philip Long
The deadline for the reception of abstracts is 16 April 2007.
Please find regularly updated information regarding this conference,
registration procedures and (at a later stage) a programme at our website
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