Son[i]a #398 On Terminal Tourism

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2024. Son[i]a #398 On Terminal Tourism. [Broadcast]

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Under the promise of prosperity for impoverished and developing parts of the planet, tourism has emerged as a dominant force shaping the intricate landscapes of neoliberal capitalism. Orchestrating a complex interplay of exploitation and interdependence, the tourism industry leverages resources and labor to feed an ever-expanding, ever-expansive ouroboric structure. For decades, scholars around the world have been warning us about the detrimental effects of the travel industry on the environment and local communities.

In this podcast, we sit down with transdisciplinary researcher and curator Yaiza Hernández to get to the heart of her deep-dive research into what she has coined Terminal Tourism. Drawing upon the long tradition of academic scholarship, but also from a situated perspective as a native from the Canary Islands, Yaiza unpacks the constellation of problems orbiting the travel industry, from environmental degradation to rampant gentrification and the subsequent disruption of local infrastructures, and a whole host of other socioeconomic inequalities. We talk about kind islands, digital nomads, imperial boomerangs, platform capitalism, grand tours, museums as tourist commodities, monoculture mentality, looting with good taste, and that which Verónica Gago has called “neoliberalism from below”.

This podcast is part of New Perspectives for Action. A project by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the European Union.

Conversation: Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Ricardo Cárdenas and Anna Ramos. Script: Ricardo Cárdenas. Sound production: Roc Jiménez de Cisneros. Voice over: Javiera Cadiz. Image: Teresa Arozena, "Repoussoir", 2024. Costa del silencio. Tenerife.

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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 DEED. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International


Tourism, Colonialism, Museums

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Visual Cultures


22 April 2024

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96 minutes 5 secondsDuration

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23 Apr 2024 08:37

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23 Apr 2024 08:37


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