Le Pr. Nelson Graburn, invité de l’EIREST, à l’amphi Bachelard, Sorbonne


Le mercredi 11 décembre 2013, le Professeur Nelson Graburn a donné une conférence sur :  “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom*: Ethnic Tourism and Poverty Alleviation in Contemporary China ».

ABSTRACT : After 1978, China endeavored to close the socio-economic gap between minority nationalities minzu and Han by focusing on poverty alleviation and selective assimilation through education and wage labor. Prime among these efforts is the promotion of domestic tourism to rural areas where ethnic “difference” is maintained through traditional performance and materiality, often ironically reviving formerly banned cultural forms.

BIO : Nelson Graburn has carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit (and Naskapi) of Canada (and Alaska and Greenland) since 1959, and in Japan (and East and Southeast Asia) since 1974. He has taught at Berkeley since 1964, with visiting appointments at the National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Le Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques, Aix-en-Provence, the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, and the Research Center for Korean Studies, Kyushu National University, Fukuoka. He teaches courses on Tourism, Japan, and Tourism, Art and Modernity and he is an active member of the Tourism Studies Working Group (TSWG). His recent research has focused on the study of art, tourism, museums, and the expression and representation of identity. He is working on Contemporary Tourism in Asia (Japan and China). He is also working with the Canadian Inuit cultural organization, Avatak, in Nouveau Quebec, and with Inuit institutions in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on aspects of cultural preservation and autonomy, and he is continuing his research on contemporary Inuit arts including « urban Inuit arts. »


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