Sigur Lecture: Tourism, Heritage, and Sacred Space in China

02/07/11 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM

Location: 1957 E St., room 505

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 by Prof. Robert Shepherd 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.

Dr. Shepherd has been an assistant professor of Honors and Anthropology at GW since 2006. His 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 talk is sponsored by the Sigur Center of the Elliott School of International Affairs.