We are seeking one or two papers for a proposed panel on Caribbean tourism for the 2020 Latin American Studies Association Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico (May 13-16). The focus of the panel will be on the Caribbean peoples who are often the reluctant - and yet crucial - actors in the industry (see abstract below). Papers are encouraged from all disciplinary perspectives and across a wide temporal frame. We are interested in representing the Caribbean broadly, so are most particularly seeking papers on Haiti or the French-colonized islands. If interested, please submit a brief abstract and c.v. to Kyrstin Mallon Andrews (email@example.com) and Elizabeth Manley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 21, 2019. If accepted, panelists will need to join LASA before the final deadline of September 5, 2019.
Caribbean Tourism and its Reluctant Interlocutors:
Through its images of white sandy beaches, colorful cultural encounters, and endless sunshine, tourism has come to define the Caribbean for the rest of the world. Moreover, the narrative of tourism development across the region often focuses upon the industry’s most dominant advocates. Many of tourism's interlocutors, however, are often reluctant actors, venturing into the industry through unexpected paths. This panel, spanning the English, Spanish, and French Caribbean explores the ways tourism in the region mobilizes and engages these reluctant or unexpected actors and examines the circumstances through which individuals are channeled into the industry through often unexamined trajectories. Given that tourism shapes the predominate imagery of the Caribbean experienced by the rest of the world, it is crucial to look at the diversity of actors and events that shape the industry, the region, and its imaginaries.
Kyrstin Mallon Andrews
University of California, Irvine