Dark Tourism Research Symposium: Memory, Pilgrimage and the Digital Realm

Start date and time

Thursday 5 May 2022


Craiglockhart Campus

The Tourism and Languages Subject Group (the Business School) and the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University are delighted to announce details of a dark tourism research symposium, which will take place at the Craiglockhart Campus at Edinburgh Napier University and online on May 5th, 2022.

A growing interest in dark tourism as a recognised special category of tourism behaviour continues to attract the attention of academics from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, cultural studies and anthropology. Recent contributors to the field have looked at contexts such as gulag tourism in Kazakhstan, edutainment interpretation at ‘lighter’ dark tourism attractions, the ethics and politics of digital displays in police museums, and the use of netnographic research methods to understand the motives and reactions of visitors to iconic Holocaust heritage sites.

This interdisciplinary symposium led by Professor Anne Schwan, Dr Craig Wight, and Dr Phiona Stanley seeks to bring together academics from a range of backgrounds to share ideas and recent research achievements as well as foster conversations between academic researchers and tourism or creative practitioners.
Speakers include:

Kat Brogan (Managing Director, Mercat Tours Edinburgh)

Professor John Lennon (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Professors Justin Piché (University of Ottawa) and Kevin Walby (University of Winnipeg)

Dr Brianna Wyatt (Oxford Brookes University)

Professor Jeffrey S Podoshen (Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, USA)

The symposium organizers welcome theoretical or applied research contributions in the form of structured abstracts on the following topics:

Digital dark tourism, including, but not limited to netnographic research and the uses of social media and web 2.0 in dark tourism
Dark tourism and memory
Visitor motives and visitor interpretation
Ethics and social justice in relation to dark tourism sites
Prisons and other penal history sites as examples of dark tourism
Creative practice artefacts involving dark tourism, e.g. films/photographs/installations
Dark tourism, mobilities and pilgrimage
Novel research methodological approaches and dark tourism
Deadline for abstract submissions: 1st February 2022

Please send your 250-word abstract and a short biographical statement (no more than 100 words) to darktourism@napier.ac.uk.