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CA Position: Historian Valentin Groebner on Tourism

Lecture 20.10.20

CA Positions
Tuesday 20.10.20, 16.30 – 18.00

BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design

745, Viscosistadt, Nylsuisseplatz 1, 6020 Emmenbrücke
Camera Arts / Media Lab, 1. OG

Wearing masks is obligatory

Perspectives on Tourism

Global tourism is one of 20th- and 21st-century’s most spectacular tales of growth: After a modest restart in the 1950’s, the number of tourist arrivals worldwide has risen ever faster to astonishing figures. In 2019, 1,5 billion tourists were registered.
By now, this is history. But what made and what makes tourism so particular as a service industry? From the beginning, it was based on artificial worlds and the production and circulation of images. Valentin Groebner invites us to take a fresh look.

Lucerne postcard, photo collection V. Groebner

Valentin Groebner

University Lucerne

Dr. phil. Valentin Groebner
Professor of history with main focus on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Valentin Groebner was born in Vienna in 1962. He studied in Vienna, Marburg und Hamburg and completed his Ph.D. in 1991 in Bielefeld. From 1992 on, he worked as an Assistant in the Department of History at the University of Basel and received his post-doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in 1998 at the University of Basel.

In the academic year 1996/97, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin; in 1999, he worked as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and, in 1999/2000, as a Visiting Professor in the Department of History of Art at Harvard University. Spring 2001, he taught as a professeur invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and worked, in Summer 2001, as a visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. He has held various lectureships in Switzerland and the USA.

Since March 2004, he is teaching at the University of Lucerne. Valentin Groebner is a member of the Swiss Society for Economic and Social History.

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