International Symposium (January 13th and 14th 2005, Paris), University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot and University of Angers, School of Architecture of Paris Val de Seine

The relationship between tourism and urbanity is as important an issue for urban spaces as for tourism in general. Nevertheless, it is seldom studied that way and more often as a secondary aspect of one or the other phenomenon, especially because tourism itself only begins to be considered worth studying by the academy.

One explanation for this could be that specialists in the field of urbanity have often shown few interest for tourism and that specialists in the field of tourism, on the other side, usually don’t consider themselves as specialists also in the field of urbanity, whereas tourism is an intrinsically urban system, combining urban populations and urban places, one part of the latter being resorts. The tendency of the literature on tourism to focus only on resorts is another reason for this relative absence of the city in the studies about tourism. A careful look at these studies shows that almost none of them have taken over the transition from resorts to cities and to the architectural and morphological transformations surrounding it.

Last but not least, this area of study being at the crossroad of two research fields usually invested and considered separately, it has obviously suffered from the academic and institutional barriers and, consequently, from the lack of research teams focus on this specific issue.

And yet, the stakes involved here are huge: in a world where people tends to concentrate in the cities and where individual mobility grows continuously, the connection between urbanity and tourism becomes increasingly complex and rich. On one side, most of the tourists live in cities, meaning that their urbanity will influence the way they look, they consider and they practice any tourist destination. As a feedback, the cities they live in will be affected by their tourist experience and by what they brought back, literally and culturally. On the other end, these cities will have to learn how to manage tourist flows, with their advantages, especially in case of a local economic crisis, but also with their disadvantages, like conflicts between several activities, permanent and temporary inhabitants, development of local resources and protection of local heritage, between different temporalities and mobilities, etc.

As are tourism and urbanity, the relationship between the two is dynamic and it can influence the way places evolve towards urbanity, the urban way of life or the way to be a tourist, for example by combining tourism and leisure in metropolitan spaces.
This leads to the construction of several tourism urban worlds, that we suggest you to study through the following sections:

1. Constructing the tourist city
– From the resort to the tourist city: urban-tourist routes of places (but also: those cities which never became touristic).
– Tourism as a driving force for urbanisation and construction of urban form.
– The importance of NTIC to the marketing of tourist places
– Metropolisation and tourism: tourism, a typical feature of the metropolis? Is there any metropolis without tourism nowadays (not counting what is called “business tourism?)? Does metropolitan tourism have specific aspects?

2. Inhabiting and using the tourist city
– Locals’ behaviours towards tourism.
– Dwelling the city as a tourist.
– Social analysis of tourism in the metropolis: different social levels in urban tourism; tourism as a factor of social differentiation in urban spaces.
– How tourism transforms cities.
– Tourism, heritage, urban sociability: urban leisure as tourist attraction; heritage sites between tourism and urban sociability.
– New rhythms in tourist cities and connected settings.

3. Managing the tourist city
– Historical cities as museums?
– Festive cities.
– Urban conflicts between tourism and local heritage protection.
– Management of increasingly diverse practices and temporalities in urban places.
– Tourist and non tourist mobility in the city.
– Core(s) and peripherie(s): evolution of tourist places in metropolitan spaces. Neighbourhood strategies; suburbs initiatives, etc.

4. Evaluating and qualifying the city through tourism
– Another way of considering the value and quality of places and their role in a globalised world.
– Cities, tourism and crisis: how to find a new balance through tourism.
– Tourism and centrality: tourist cities in the urban hierarchy.
– Tourist cities as urban models.

During the symposium, a panel discussion on “Tourist issues in Paris and the Ile-de-France” will be organised with the taking part of experts working in the tourist industry.

The symposium’s official language is French but papers in English and Spanish will be accepted too.

The organising committee kindly invites you to send your papers, including title, one page abstract, selected theme (1, 2, 3 or 4) and complete whereabouts, before September 15th to the following address (by post or e-mail):

Secretary of the laboratory of Urban Sciences
Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot
Dalle des Olympiades
103 rue de Tolbiac
75013 Paris
Phone/fax : 33 (0)1-44-27-82-28
[email protected]

Selected papers should be returned to the organising committee by December 15th 2004.

Symposium fees (access and working papers, including lunches – 13th and 14th- and dinner -13th-, sum up to 50 Euros. Payment at the conference place.

The symposium will take place on January 13th and 14th 2005 at the Geographic Institute of Paris (191, rue Saint Jacques, Paris 5e).

Organising Commitee :
Evelyne Cohen (université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot), Philippe Duhamel (équipe MIT, université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot), Giorgia Ceriani (université de Provence, équipe MIT, Paris 7), Patrick Poncet (équipe MIT, Paris 7), Rémy Knafou (équipe MIT, université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot).
[email protected]

Scientific Commitee :
Maria Gravari-Barbas (université d’Angers), Philippe Cadène (université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot), Dino Gavinelli (université de Milan), Rémy Knafou (université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot), Jacques Lévy (université de Reims), Michel Lussault (université François Rabelais, Tours), Jean-Luc Michaud (Inspecteur général du Tourisme, Paris) André Rauch (université de Strasbourg), Mathis Stock (université de Reims), Philippe Violier (université d’Angers), Antonio Martin Zárate (UNED, Madrid).

The symposium is organised by the laboratory MIT (Mobilities, Itineraries, Tourisms), within the framework of the research team “ Urban Sciences ? of the university Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, and by the University of Angers, with the sponsorship of the Regional Tourism Comity of the Ile-de-France, of the City of Paris (to be agreed), and of the researchers’ network on tourism from the Ile-de-France.