Humanising contact zones : the stories and faces of cross-cultural dialogue

Schorch, Philipp 2009, Humanising contact zones : the stories and faces of cross-cultural dialogue, in CTS 2009 : Proceedings of the 3rd Critical Tourism Studies Conference : Connecting Academies of Hope : Critical Actions and Creative Vistas, Wageningen University, [Zadar, Croatia], pp. 352-364.

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Title Humanising contact zones : the stories and faces of cross-cultural dialogue
Author(s) Schorch, Philipp
Conference name International Critical Tourism Studies Conference (3rd : 2009 : Zadar, Croatia)
Conference location Zadar, Croatia
Conference dates 21-24 June, 2009
Title of proceedings CTS 2009 : Proceedings of the 3rd Critical Tourism Studies Conference : Connecting Academies of Hope : Critical Actions and Creative Vistas
Editor(s) Richards, V.
Raguz, A.
Publication date 2009
Conference series International Critical Tourism Studies Conference
Start page 352
End page 364
Total pages 13
Publisher Wageningen University
Place of publication [Zadar, Croatia]
Keyword(s) Contact Zone
Third Space
narrative
hermeneutics
cosmopolitanism
Summary We live in a radically ‘cosmopolitanised’ world, facing a plethora of mostly unwanted or unforeseen cross-cultural encounters as side effects of global trade and global threats (Beck, 2006). The potentially positive role of both cultural tourism and museums in this context has been widely recognised and theorised. But what does cross-cultural dialogue mean for the person experiencing it, and how is it negotiated within time and space? Drawing on a long-term narrative study of global visitors to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), I explore cross-cultural meanings empirically through a hermeneutic interpretation embedded in Beck’s ‘cosmopolitan critical theory’. The evidence presented in this research suggests that the individual is the point of departure from which cross-cultural dialogue is humanised by giving it ‘faces’ and stories. I argue that the impact of any travel experience is best understood via the meanings tourists make and negotiate in the long-term.
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048322

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