Upcoming event at GW

Tourism, Heritage, and Sacred Space in China

Robert J. Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Honors and International Affairs

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Where: Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW
The Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University

Please RSVP here

Although the Chinese government has become one of the most prominent supporters of the UNESCO-led World Heritage movement, the economic, political and bureaucratic reasons for this are often at cross-purposes with the preservationist goals of UNESCO. This presentation will examine the relationship between heritage projects, tourism, and economic development in China by focusing on the Buddhist pilgrimage destination of Mount Wutai, Shanxi Province, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009. Professor Shepherd’s work on tourism, cultural heritage issues, and the side effects of market changes in China has appeared in Southeast Asia Research, Consumption, Markets, and Culture, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary Asia, among other publications. His book, When Culture Goes to the Market: The Politics of Space, Place and Identity in an Urban Marketplace (Peter Lang) was published in 2008.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

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