2 May 2012

"Why Study the History of Tourism and Leisure in Latin America?

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Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

“Why Study the History of Tourism and Leisure in Latin America? Comparing the Development of Acapulco and Cancun in Mexico 1927-2012”

Public Lecture by Professor Barry Carr

6:30pm Thursday 3 May

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Mexico now occupies fifth place among countries with major tourism industries and after petroleum and emigrant remittances tourism is the country’s third most important generator of foreign exchange. Yet academic study of tourism outside of the disciplines of geography and anthropology has not received the attention it deserves. Both Acapulco and Cancún have developed into major resort areas of national and international significance. However, the development path they adopted differs in a number of important ways especially with regard to the towns’ prior histories, their reliance on private and state resources, the interface between visitors and permanent residents, degree of dependence on domestic and national tourism and, finally, the two resort areas’ engagement with Mexico’s archaeological and pre-Hispanic heritage.

Professor Barry Carr is a leading scholar in the fields of Latin American History and Latin American Studies. Between 1972 and 2007 he taught in the History department at La Trobe University in Melbourne where he served as the director of that university’s Institute of Latin American Studies. In 2007 he was research Professor at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City and in 2008, 2009 and 2010 he was a Visiting Professor in the History Department and in the Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2009 Barry Carr is also Adjunct Professor at the ANU and a Board member of ANCLAS.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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