Tourism and transnational cinema: representations, fictions and cultural materialism

Leading researcher: Sofia Sampaio
Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Tourism | Cinema | Transnationality | Global North/South | Cultural materialism


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/44538/2008
Starting date: 01-04-09

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Abstract

The project analyses the relationship between cinema and tourism based on a corpus of films drawn from the recent transnational Hispanic cinema, where tourism emerges not only as a theme and a context, but also as an object of extra-textual promotion that appeals to both the tourism and the film industries. The focus will be on films that foreground the point of view of visited countries – tourist destinations like Spain or Mexico. Bearing in mind that the filmic representation of places from the “South” tends to be presented/ received in the “North” (i.e. Europe and the United States) as a tourist experience, I wish to analyse the way these films challenge this difficulty or, on the contrary, explore it as part of their insertion in a transnational market. The aim is to look into the conjoined material aspects of production, distribution and consumption of these films, as well as their stories, themes and motifs, drawing on a materialist approach to culture that combines “internal” readings (centred on the stories) and “external” readings, which take into account their socio-political and economic aspects. We hope to demonstrate that this kind of approach reveals the contradictions (typical of modernity and global capitalism) that inform these films, thus allowing us to move beyond the sphere of the obvious and the limits of “common sense”.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub153*Paulo RaposoSupervisorproj184*Tourism and transnational cinema: representations, fictions and cultural materialismPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub151*Sofia SampaioResearch scholarproj184*Tourism and transnational cinema: representations, fictions and cultural materialismPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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