Project Summary

Re/writing Tourist Tangier
Research Project

Design framework:

• Employ autoethnography to draw more attention to the voices of city insiders: writing, photography, film, theatre, art, translations, conferences, informal discussion groups, one-on-one mentoring, networking
• Research English language visitor city-narratives: interrupt, challenge, and extend these narratives
• Disperse alternative narratives and other materials via the internet, blogging, publishing, and conferences

Call for Participants

For those interested in:

• The city’s tourist cultures
• Post-colonialism and social theory
• Change and cross-cultural communication
• English language writing and research
• Working with the internet / html code

Project Introduction, click here.
Intoduction de projet, cliquez ici.

Program Facilitator:
George F. Roberson, PhD
Fulbright Research Scholar
For research biography, click here
Denver, Colorado

Geography Human Dimensions Research Group
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
For more information, click here.

“With the surge of violence in recent years,
it is essential to develop constructive alternatives –
this project does so
by fostering cross-cultural dialog and collaboration.”

In collaboration with
The Tangier International Conferences
Call for Papers, click here
May 2008

Voices of Tangier. Khalid Amine, ed. Tetouan, Morocco: Abdelmalek Essaâdi University and Aberystwyth, Wales: University of Aberystwyth, 2006.

The underpinnings of this research project are further delineated in the following article, abstracted below, which was given in Tangier, Morocco on Saturday, February 10, 2007 as part of the panel “Tangier: Visualizing the City” at the Performing / Picturing Tangier International Conference and also on Monday, February 12, 2007 at Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Tetouan, Morocco. Additional project links are listed along the upper right hand part of this webpage.

Tangier: Visualizing the City
Paper Abstract

Using a place-based approach, this paper seeks to break out of the traditional dichotomies of post-colonialism by using conceptual visualization to explore the city’s experiential, representational, and imaginative geographies. It has five central goals: 1) to show how visualization works as both argument and performance; 2) to consider the city’s spatial-temporal configuration and how it informs city-visitor metaphors; 3) to trace, using textual and visual essays, these pervasive city themes: “hustlers”, “sin city”, “out-of-time”, and “dream city”; 4) it concludes by suggesting several alternative city visualizations, drawn from outside the city’s tourist cultures, for further research; 5) and finally, it invites collaborators to participate in a new research project designed to empower city voices and interrupt and extend the narratives of the city’s tourist cultures. This paper along with high quality imaging is also available by clicking here.

Elements of place-based research as mediated by conceptual visualization and used as a means for exploring experiential, representational and imaginative geographies. A visual essay is available, click here.

(Image source: model proposed by the author)