Eyad Abou Kasem

Eyad Abou Kasem



Why do we move? How does the journey transform us? How do we face the encounter with the other? Is human mobility a condition, a privilege, or a need?

The journey in all its forms, be it exodus or diaspora, migration or tourist trip, urban movement or exploration, involves a potential encounter with the other and also with oneself. In this way, we see the journey as transit or as a “transitory” displacement of personal identity.

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Roger Canals (Barcelona, 1980) is a professor and researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona. Specialist in Visual Anthropology, Ethnographic Cinema and Afro-American Religions, he holds a doctorate in anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Social Sciences in Paris and the University of Barcelona. He has done most of his field work on popular religiosity in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Barcelona. He has been a guest researcher at the Caribbean Studies Institute (San Juan, Puerto Rico), at the University of Manchester and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris. Roger Canals has published numerous works on African-American culture, religion and visual anthropology. Highlights the book A Goddess in Motion. Visual Creativity in the cult of Maria Lionza (Berghahn Books, 2017) as well as numerous articles in magazines.


Saida Palou Rubio Doctor in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. She has won the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize Agustí Duran i Sanpere in 2011 for her doctoral thesis.

She is currently an associate professor at the University of Girona, a member of the Board of Directors and of the Drafting Council of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology, and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Ethnology Magazine of Catalonia.

She is the author of research, publications and presentations in the field of tourism, the history of tourism and the tourist uses of historical memory. She has worked especially on the Barcelona case.

During the 2008-2010 biennium she worked as a technician in the Strategic Tourism Plan of Barcelona.

Among her contributions, it is worth highlighting the coordination of the BCN Destination Days. History of tourism to the city, organized by the Historic Archive of Barcelona City (2014) and the edition of the book with the contributions of some twenty texts and authors (Efadós 2016). Also worthy of note are the coordination of the numbers “Tourism and the Place of Memory” (International Journal of Tourism Anthropology 2016) and “Dialogues of Anthropology and Tourism. Ethnographies and contemporary debates “(Notebooks of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology 2016).

Daniele Porretta is an architect, graduated in the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. Since 2001 he lives in Barcelona where he investigates the contemporary city. He holds a doctorate in Theory and History of Architecture from the ETSAB-UPC with a thesis directed by Juan José Lahuerta on the evolution of the image of the city in the future during the first half of the twentieth century, from technological utopias to dystopias of social control. He has been a member of the research group of the ETSAB Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model, directed by Josep Maria Montaner. He is a member of the Col.lectiu Accions Urbanes, of the network of Collective Architectures, and collaborates with associations and platforms of Barcelona on themes of urbanism and tourism. He has been director and curator of the courses The city and the imaginary of destruction (2011), House (s). Looks at the idea of ​​living (2015), The city of the future: utopias and dystopias (2016) at the Institut d’Humanitats de Barcelona.