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Guest Speaker Dr. Saida Palou Rubio: Tourism in Barcelona from Three Perspectives: Institutions, Neighbors, and Visitors. Dystopic Destination?Guest Speaker Dr. Saida Palou Rubio: Tourism in Barcelona from Three Perspectives: Institutions, Neighbors, and Visitors. Dystopic Destination?Virtual Lecture<p>​Dr. Palou Rubio will deliver her lecture in Spanish and Dr. Carla Guerron-Montero will translate. Please email <a href="mailto:cguerron@udel.edu" target="_blank">cguerron@udel.edu</a> by October 26th to get the Zoom link.</p><p>The birth of tourism in Barcelona took place in the 1990s, after the celebration of the Olympic Games in 1992. Since then, the city has experienced an important urbanistic transformation. In addition, its commercial and tourism sectors have increased tremendously. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Barcelona is one of the cities with the highest power to attract tourists in Europe; it has also started to compete in international rankings. While many citizens of Barcelona have a positive attitude toward tourism, they also express their discomfort toward the mass arrival of tourists. There are criticisms directly aimed at the local administration for the tourism model used. The local administration promotes a series of strategies aimed at planning this destination in terms of urbanism, while also working to balance its touristic and its citizen uses. There is, as such, a tension among local populations, tourists, and the local administration. Before the pandemic, Barcelona had a total of 30 million annual visitors. Today, several hotels have closed, while the local administration is developing strategies to revitalize the tourism sector. This presentation will discuss the evolution of tourism in Barcelona experimented from the 1990s until the present time, analyzing the practices and discourses of citizens, tourists, and the local administration. It will reflect upon the changing context: from overtourism to undertourism, a model of a dystopic city.</p><p><strong>About the Guest Speaker:</strong> Dr. Saida Palou Rubio received her Ph.D. degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Barcelona. Her dissertation received the City of Barcelona Agustí Duran i Sanpere History Award in 2011. She is a full-time researcher at the Catalan Institute for Research in Cultural Heritage (<em>Institut Català de Recerca en Patrimoni Cultural</em> [ICRPC]) as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Girona in Girona, Catalonia.  Her main research areas include the history of tourism, the social and political dimensions of tourism, and the uses of cultural heritage in tourism. She has published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. In addition, Dr. Palou Rubio is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institut Català d’Antropologia and of the Editorial Committee of the <em>Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya.</em></p>10/27/2020 4:30:00 PM10/27/2020 5:30:00 PMFalse
Virtual visit with Dr. Jason De LeónVirtual visit with Dr. Jason De León<p>​Virtual visit with Dr. Jason De León, author of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Land of Open Graves</span> and MacArthur Award winner. Visit will include Q&A. This event is part of <strong><a href="/content-sub-site/Documents/Bordering%20Flyer.pdf">Bordering: A Delaware Project on Immigration and Borders</a></strong>.<br></p>11/10/2020 7:00:00 PM11/10/2020 10:00:00 PMFalse

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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