Tourism and Heritage TIG: SfAA Annual Meetings Preview

Melissa Stevens
University of Maryland, College Park

Student Paper Competition

We are proud to announce the winners of the third annual Tourism and Heritage TIG Student Paper Competition! The competition started with the submission of paper abstracts this past fall, four of which were selected to be presented in a specially organized paper session in Albuquerque. The authors of the top paper will receive a cash award of $500 and will be honored at the Meetings.

The winners of the 2014 Tourism and Heritage TIG Student Paper Competition are: 

  • Sallie Dehler (Mississippi State University): Green Motives: Understanding the Relationship Between Tourism and Migration to Edges of National Parks in Costa Rica 
  • Olivia Sandri (Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, Switzerland): History, Memory, Heritage and Mourning: Touristification of Rome and Venice’s Former Jewish Ghettoes 
  • Brittany Hoback (University of Central Florida): Creating Islands in Hearts and Minds: Polynesian Performers Enacting Place through Cultural Tourism

And the top prize is awarded to: 

  • Fredy R. Rodriguez-Mejia (Michigan State University) and Kristin Landau (Northwestern University): Exploring New Paths Toward Indigenous Identity Formation: Heritage Teaching among the Ch’orti’ Maya of Copán, Honduras

Please join us in congratulating the winners and to hear their papers presented in Albuquerque in the session Exploring Future Destinations: The Winning Papers of the 2014 SfAA Tourism and Heritage TIG Student Paper Competition (WEDNESDAY, 1:30-3:20, Alvarado F). 


The cash awards for the annual paper competitions have been generously donated by TIG members. In order for the competition to continue to support and celebrate future tourism and heritage scholars, a more permanent fund will need to be established. Please consider making a contribution to the TIG’s fund for the student paper competition. Your donation is tax-deductible and you will have directly provided support toward the continued growth and development of tourism and heritage scholarship. For details, please contact Tim Wallace (

The 2015 competition will begin with the submission of paper abstracts in September. More details will be published here in the Tourism and Heritage TIG column in the May and August SfAA Newsletters. For more information on the competition, please contact Melissa Stevens ( 

The SfAA Annual Meetings in Albuquerque

The theme of the 2014 Meetings is “Destinations,” and tourism and heritage related events are featured throughout the program. One of the highlighted sessions is Tourist Destinations as Nexus of Continuity and Change: Introductory Tourism Session (WEDNESDAY, 10:00-11:50, Alvarado E), organized by Susan Stonich and Sara Alexander. The session focuses on tourism destinations as points of contact and explores the relationships between tourism and environmental, social, and economic change.

The SfAA is also holding a special session honoring Valene Smith and her contributions to the anthropology of tourism on FRIDAY, 3:30-6:30pm, in Alvarado E. Dr. Smith’s groundbreaking book, Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism established the foundation for the study of this topic, and she will be presenting her paper “What We Have Learned from Hosts and Guests” at the session. The session will also feature speakers discussing Dr. Smith’s continuing impact on the field, and will be followed by a small reception.

One of Dr. Smith’s sustaining contributions is the Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition, which is now in its eighth year. The competition is endowed through Dr. Smith’s generosity, and the award is given to support the research of future leaders in the field of tourism studies. The tourism posters will be displayed during the general poster session (THURSDAY, 3:30-5:20, Alvarado E). Stop by to see cutting edge tourism research and to meet the students presenting their work.

The Tourism and Heritage TIG meeting will be held FRIDAY, 10:00-11:00, in the Presidential Suite. We invite everyone interested in the anthropology of tourism and heritage (including students) to join us as we discuss the annual student paper competition, plans for TIG involvement in next year’s SfAA meetings, and other tourism and heritage-related topics. We would love to have your input and ideas.

Other sessions of interest to tourism and heritage scholars include:

(T-32) TUESDAY 10:00-11:50
Alvarado B
Museums, Collections, and New Mexico’s Heritage

(T-36) TUESDAY 10:00-11:50
Alvarado F
Toward Sustainable Tourisms: Ecotourism and Recreational Tourism

(T-42) TUESDAY 10:00-11:50
Locating Heritage: People and Places of New Mexico

(T-66) TUESDAY 12:00-1:20
Alvarado F
Strategies for Tourism Development

(T-103) TUESDAY 1:30-3:30
Producing Heritage and Reconstructing Identities

(T-133) TUESDAY 3:30-5:20
Performing and Crafting Heritage and Destinations

(W-13) WEDNESDAY 8:00-9:50
Museums and Mobilities: Heritage In Place and Out of Place

(W-33) WEDNESDAY 10:00-11:50
Alvarado C
Engaging Participatory Visual and Digital Research, Part II: Heritage, Museums, and Community Building

(W-93) WEDNESDAY 1:30-3:20
Alvarado C
Looking to the Past, Negotiating the Present, Informing the Future: Student Destinations in Engagement with Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage

(W-100) WEDNESDAY 1:30-3:20
Multivocality and Cultural Heritage: Evaluating Current Practices and Perspectives

(W-123) WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:20
Alvarado C
Intellectual Property Issues and Cultural Tourism: Developing Resources for Communities

(TH-07) THURSDAY 8:00-9:50
Alvarado G
Hosts and Guests: Tourism’s Consequences

(TH-130) THURSDAY 3:30-5:20
Tourism in the History of Mexico and Guatemala

(F-08) FRIDAY 8:00-9:50
Alvarado H
Tradition, Tourism, and Community in Sololá, Guatemala: Reports from the Ethnographic Field School of North Carolina State University

(F-63) FRIDAY 12:00-1:20
Alvarado C
Tourism Sites & Field Schools as New Destinations for Public Engagement in Environmental & Cultural Sustainability, Part I: Latin America

(F-92) FRIDAY 1:30-3:20
Alvarado B
Case Studies in Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation

(F-93) FRIDAY 1:30-3:20
Alvarado C
Tourism Sites & Field Schools as New Destinations for Public Engagement in Environmental & Cultural Sustainability, Part 2: USA, Canada, & Nepalese Himalaya

(S-11) SATURDAY 8:00-9:50
Mobilities and Destinations: Variations on the Theme of Travel

(S-33) SATURDAY 10:00-11:50
Alvarado C
Heritage and Representation in Tourism Development

(S-67) SATURDAY 12:00-1:20
Alvarado G
Video: Nong Jia Le Peasant Family Happiness

(S-72) SATURDAY 12:00-1:20
Tourism Utopias and Dystopias (Roundtable)

* Please note that the event details listed here are from the Preliminary Program. Please consult the final version of the Program for any possible changes.

Future Columns Call for Papers

The Tourism and Heritage TIG would like to see your work published here! Please send us your travel and research stories, book and film reviews, or general tourism and heritage-related musings to Melissa Stevens ( for consideration for inclusion in future newsletter columns. Pieces should be no more than 1500-1750 words in length, including references. Please do not use endnotes or footnotes. Submissions for the May newsletter must be received by April 15, 2014.

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