Performing Heritage: Rethinking Authenticity in Global Tourism

Performing Heritage: Rethinking Authenticity in Global Tourism

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: 3201 Hart

Yujie Zhu UNESCO World Heritage Site consultant PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Heidelberg University. Zhu addresses authenticity as performance in his research on massive tourism to Lijiang China’s World Heritage Site. Through the life history of a Dongba master officiating for commoditized indigenous Naxi wedding rituals, Zhu interrogates how the Dongba and his tourist clients perceive authenticity. Zhu rejects an understanding of authenticity as socially constructed reality or existential selfness, for a dynamic interaction framework that combines the elements of place, belief, action and self in dialogue among all actors.

This event is sponsored by East Asian Studies, Davis Humanities Institute, Geography Graduate Group, Cultural Studies Graduate Group, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Anthropology, Asian American Cultural Politics Research Group.

For more information please contact: Peg Swain

Center for History, Society, and Culture Davis Humanities Institute

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