Events
  • Friday, October 13, 2017
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Memo
  • TTG Forum - Pav. A2
  • Duccio Canestrini Professor in the anthropology of tourism
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 09:30 - 10:30
  • Memo
  • TTG Forum - Pav. A2
  • Duccio Canestrini Professor in the anthropology of tourism

Can an excess of virtual reality curb or modify the desire to travel? Will people still want to travel to see live what they can see from screens and animations/reconstructions in 3D?

A multimedia conference that highlights certain moments in the history of travel with pictures, music and video clips, up to present-day tourism scenarios: micro-territorial, recreational, technological, sustainable. This is the evolution of Homo turisticus, combining ancestral emotions and new technologies.

Tourism has imposed itself on the world of communication, cinema and literature, in terms of customs and consumption. Before being a reality, tourism is imagined, defined, spectacularised, and often attributed, rightly or wrongly, to the heroic and educational dimensions of travel. From the world of song to the comic strip, from advertising to reports on youtube, our going (leaving, travelling, returning) is therefore performed, often with irony and by ourselves through “selfies”, as a metaphor for a modern and indispensable form of existential channel surfing.

We are experiencing a period of rapid change. While yesterday many destinations could boast of their exclusivity, they have now become inclusive and shared. Tourism in the era of social networks has generated outcomes that are to be fully explored, unexpected advantages and obviously excessive funny situations. Cultural anthropology is a discipline that offers tools to understand this phenomenon in depth and follows its development. It is clear that the perfect traveller has never existed, and with these new forms, old and necessary questions are asked: our need for nature, the ethics of encounters, the real characteristics of the host region, the surprise of innovation, the function of the tourist experience.