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History Symposium on Travel and Tourism  

An image of world famous monuments, spanning the globe, including Chichen Itza, Christ the Redeemer statue, Taj Mahal, the Tower of Piza, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Statue of Liberty and the Pyramids. This symposium aims to investigate the social, political, economic, ethical, and historical power of travel and tourism. Some of the questions that this symposium wishes to address are: Are travel and tourism transformative experiences? How do travelers and tourists register and remember their encounters with difference—and how have these representations changed over time? How do souvenirs, memorabilia, and travelogues circulate and facilitate imagination of other people and places? How has tourism contributed to—and undermined—the process of empire-building?


Thursday, January 25
5:30 p.m.

Keynote address: "The Jet Set: Air Travel and U.S. Global Power, 1958-1978"
Jenifer Van Vleck, Curator of Aeronautics, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Faculty Lounge, University Center

Friday, January 26
Location: All panels will take place in the Faculty Lounge, Seton Hall University Center

9-9:30 a.m. Coffee and Introductions

9:30-11 a.m. Session 1: Travel and Tourism in the Post-World War II Era

Guillaume De Syon, Albright College
“'Unite for our City!' Rebuilding Urban Tourism in Post-World War II West Germany"

Tiffany Gill, University of Delaware
"A Guide to the Tropics: The Greenbook and African American International Leisure Travel"

Scott Laderman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
"Bill and Joe's Excellent Adventure: Pocket Guides, Military Tourism, and American Empire-Building in the Global Cold War"

Moderator: Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University

11-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 p.m. Session 2: Europe from the Outside In

Ricky Law, Carnegie Mellon University
"Traveling for National Salvation: Interwar Japanese Travelogues on Germany"

Larissa Kopytoff, New York University
"The Travels and Tribulations of Ibrahim Kachala: Race, Imperialism and Mobility in the Early Twentieth Century"

Moderator: Laura Wangerin, Seton Hall University

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30-2:45 p.m. Session 3: Colonialism Adrift

Kris Alexanderson, University of the Pacific
"Colonial Classrooms at Sea: Dutch Passenger Liners, 1920-1942"

Matthew Harshman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"The Caribbean, the Cruise, and the American Civil War: Forming a Discourse of Shipborne Tourism during the Blockade, 1860-1865"

Moderator: Golbarg Rekabtalaei, Seton Hall University

2:45-3 p.m. Coffee Break

3-5 p.m. Closing Remarks and Roundtable Discussion

Moderators: Sara Fieldston & Anne Giblin Gedacht, Seton Hall University

All symposium events are open to the public.

As one of the Centers of Excellence at Seton Hall University the Department of History would like to acknowledge the generous funding received from the Office of the Provost.

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Maxim Matusevich
  • (973) 761-9386