The Sonic Ecology of the Tourist City

Call for applications

We will be co-organizing one of the seminars of the next Anthropocene Campus Lisboa in January 2020. It will be a fantastic opportunity to introduce sound into the debates about tourism and sustainability and how mass tourism impacts on the sonic ecology of the tourist city.

The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa  is organised by the Portuguese research center CIUHCT and is part of the Anthropocene Curriculum initiated by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), which has generated two Anthropocene Campus in Berlin (2014, 2016) and several satellite events worldwide.

According to its dictionary definition, parallax is «the effect by which the position of an object seems to change when it is looked at from different positions.» The challenges of the Anthropocene demand research actions that cut across disciplinary barriers to create new modes of making and sharing knowledge. But while a transdisciplinary approach is necessary, we should also restrain from aiming at an integrated framework. On the contrary, new actionable insights may spark only from an open, non-hierarchical and even conflictual exchange, in which multiple, and not necessarily compatible, perspectives on reality are at stake. Taking the parallax effect seriously means not to dismiss it as an error or as “apparent” movement. The movement is there, and we must move to follow it.

The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax uses the parallax effect to engage with issues of environmental and social transformation and collapses highlighted by the term Anthropocene. To that end, we propose to organize a discussion around two intertwined and complementary but often divorced frameworks: on the one hand, systems of social and technological organization, which determine the actions that are possible within a given historical context; and on the other, perception and narrative, which determine our limits for understanding and imagining. Power and discourse are negotiated, challenged, and perpetuated through both means, defining the conditions for living in contemporaneity.

Like previous editions, the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax is an interdisciplinary event in which participants will be working in workshop-like seminars hosted by conveners. We welcome and encourage the attendance of students from higher education institutions, scholars from the sciences and the humanities, artists, and activists.

For more information on the event, including seminar topics and how to apply, please visit their website.

Sounds of Tourism @ MIL

Two researchers from Sounds of Tourism will participate at Lisbon International Music Network  (MIL) convention next week. Jordi Nofre will discuss solutions and actions to create a safe environment at night-time leisure venues in a panel called “Safe Environment For The Dancefloor”. On the other hand, Iñigo Sánchez will participate in the roundtable “Lisbon (as) a Culture City” which aims to discuss how culture can become a distinctive feature of Lisbon’s competitive appeal.

Shaken, not stirred

New publication by Jorge Sequera and Jordi Nofre:

New debates on touristification and the limits of gentrification

The recent touristification of the historic downtown quarters of many European cities is not without its social, spatial and economic impacts. In turn, many global cities show a lack of efficient tools in tackling and addressing the negative impacts derived from touristification. Facing this, some scholars have importantly examined the interplay between tourism, gentrification and urban change. However, we urban studies scholars have not yet admitted the existence of serious limitations regarding our current theoretical, conceptual and methodological approach in exploring the Tourist City. In this paper we argue that the rapid and intense touristification of central areas of post-industrial cities across the world requires a new breakthrough approach in order to understand the process of urban touristication in all its complexity. That is why we argue that what many scholars sometimes erroneously call ‘tourism gentrification’ need to go beyond the ‘classical’ approach used to explore how urban touristification affects the social, cultural and urban fabric of our cities.

Jorge Sequera & Jordi Nofre (2018) Shaken, not stirred, City, 22:5-6, 843-855, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2018.1548819

Full article here

Culture and sustainable cities

Today we participated in the latest edition of Dias de Música Electroacustica, a firmly established festival that brings together sound artists, scholars and sound practitioners to showcase, share and discuss current work. In this occasion the topic couldn’t be more appropriate. It touched on several topics of interest for the development of the project, namely the notion of sustainability and the role of culture in urban development processes. The project coordinator, Iñigo Sánchez, presented an overview of the project in the first session of the second day, which was shared with activist and scholar Rosalie Abeto Zerrudo.

“Why the world needs anthropologists?”

“Designing the Future” was the leitmotif of the symposium organised by  the  EASA Applied Anthropology Network in Lisbon last 26 and 27 of October 2018.

We had the opportunity to engage in very interesting and timely debates about the applications of academic knowledge beyond the academia, and how we as researchers could collaborate with industry stakeholders, policy makers, governmental organisations and other type of institutions to meet common goals.

We left the symposium with a handful of ideas of how to expand the practical applications of our research project.

Stayed tuned!

Sarah Pink during the WWNA Symposium

SoundsofTourism @ 14th SIEF Conference

Our panel “Expressive Cultures and the Production of Urban Ambiances for Tourist Consumption in the Contemporary City” has been accepted for the next conference of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) that will take place in Santiago de Compostela in April 2019.

The Call for Papers is already open and we are looking forward to receiving proposals. Please check the details of the panel and the instructions on how to submit your proposal  on the link below:

Deadline: October 15. See you in Santiago!