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Decolonizing Travel Culture With Bani Amor

$85 per person Online Experience
4 sessions
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$85 per person
$85 per person
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What We’ll Do

This course has already started! However, you can still join if you’d like to (and we hope you will!). Students enrolling after the course start date and time will have access to a recording of the first session (which will be emailed to participants within 72 hours) as well as the option to attend remaining sessions live. Please select the “Join Late” ticket type to enroll after the course has begun.

In this four-part lecture series, we’ll break down the case for decolonizing travel culture and find what role you can play in this movement.

Course Description

What does it mean to decolonize travel culture? If we interpret travel as a vehicle to explore the condition of living⁠—how we got here, where we’re at now, and where we might go⁠—it might show us what role it plays in both dominating and dismantling oppressive power structures.

In this four-part lecture series, travel writer Bani Amor will guide us through presentations on our historical relationships to place—beginning with the history of travel for colonization and the ways in which colonial maps and texts have distorted our view of the world. We’ll look at the enduring legacy of human zoos in travel media and tourism, the objectification of womxn and land in travel culture, and how travel can bridge international solidarity movements—examining, too, when it might be more generative and necessary to stay put. We’ll also learn from expert guest speakers and take part in individual and group exercises, with ample time for questions and productive discussions along the way.

This is a class for folks of all walks of life who are willing to get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations, though it may be more accessible to those who have at least a basic grasp of social justice. Please note: The series will include texts Bani has touched on in previous seminars taught with Atlas Obscura, and will offer an extended, more in-depth version of some of the presentation portions of their past workshops. 

Syllabus At A Glance

There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 2 hours on four Sundays, beginning September 5, skipping September 19.

Session 1 (Sunday, 9/5, 1–3 pm ET ): Queering Cartography: Tracing the colonial history of travel texts, rethinking traditional maps, and reorienting our relationship to place

Session 2 (Sunday, 9/12, 1–3 pm ET): From Human Zoos to Slum Tours: The anthropological gaze of travel media 

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Session 3 (Sunday, 9/26, 1–3 pm ET): Wander/Lust: Considering gender, consent, and the erotic in tourism

Session 4 (Sunday, 10/3, 1–3 pm ET): Decolonizing Travel Culture: Movement building through travel (and anti-travel) practices

Pricing Options

We currently offer tiered ticket pricing in an effort to increase accessibility for all students, regardless of economic situation. Our lecture series are available at three ticket prices, with a limited number of no-pay spots available for students who could not otherwise participate. This model is intended to support a wider range of students as well as our instructors. To learn more about our tiered sliding scale pricing model, please visit our FAQ page.

Atlas Obscura Online Courses

Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 25 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed via a recording that will be shared within 72 hours after each session airs. Class recordings for lecture series will be available with a temporary password for up to two weeks following the final session of the course.

To learn more about our current course offerings, please visit www.atlasobscura.com/online-courses.

For answers to commonly asked questions, check out our FAQ page here.

Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.

About Your Instructor
Bani Amor
Bani Amor

Bani Amor is a gender/queer travel writer who explores the relationships between race, place, and power. Their work has appeared in CNN Travel, Fodor’s, AFAR, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets, and in the anthology Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity. Bani is a four-time VONA/Voices Fellow who gives lectures and leads workshops on decolonizing travel culture. Follow them on Instagram at @baniamor and Twitter @bani_amor.

What Else You Should Know

This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording after each session airs. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session airs, we will email all enrolled students a recording of the session, which they can watch using a temporary password for up to ten weeks after the course concludes.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

Who Can Come

This course is recommended for folks 18+

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