WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn81 )

Tourism, Migration, and Other Mobilities in the World of (In)Justices

Organizers

    Natalia Bloch

    Poland

    Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Claudio Milano

    Italy

    University of Barcelona

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology of Tourism

IUAES Affiliation: Migration

Keywords:

tourism, migration, privileged mobilities, inequalities, mobility justice

Abstract:

Addressing a dynamic world marked by an ever-increasing array of human, object, data, and capital movements, the panel seeks to delve anthropologically into the intricate realm of the political economy of mobility. The state of the art in contemporary anthropology recognizes the imperative of dissecting the multifaceted nature of mobilities within the context of national, racial, class, and other inequalities (Bloch and Adams 2023). The diverse forms of human mobility, including but not limited to tourism and migration as well as often-overlooked unobvious privileged mobilities (Croucher 2012) such as the circulation of scholars and middle-class retirees, unveil how existing socio-economic inequalities are reflected in the relationships between mobilities, sedentarism, and immobilities. Against the backdrop of late financialized capitalism, this panel endeavors to shed light on the pressing need for discussions surrounding mobility policies from a political economy perspective. By examining the intricate interplay between mobilities and policies, we aim to unveil and critically examine the transition towards fair mobilities, ensuring an empirical and enriching debate. We thus invite proposals that contribute to the evolving dialogue on mobility justice (Sheller 2018). By doing so, we hope to engage anthropological knowledge in forging a path toward a more profound understanding of the regimes of mobility in our contemporary global context (Glick Schiller and Salazar 2013). We aim not only to unpack the power relations that make ground for different valuations of various mobilities (some of them being appreciated and encouraged while others stigmatised and constrained) but also to move beyond “dark anthropology” (Ortner 2016) toward more emancipatory approaches. Finally, we invite submissions of case studies, theoretical explorations, and conceptual papers that transcend the boundaries of Anglo-Saxon centrism. Emphasising a global perspective, we seek contributions that amplify diverse voices and experiences, fostering a more inclusive understanding of mobility capital and mobility justice. The panel pretends to shape a comprehensive dialogue that moves beyond cultural and dialectical confines, illuminating the complex tapestry of mobilities worldwide.