Dark tourism can help shine a commemorative light on the pandemic that has gripped society.
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A series of films made between 1927 and 1952 shone a light on the convict ruins of Port Arthur and helped develop dark tourism in Australia.
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Performances of prison life are commonplace nowadays in gulag museums. Visitors can vividly imagine it all – the tears, pain and despair.
Is it ethical to use former prisons, with long histories of death, suffering and wrongful incarcerations, as entertainment venues?
Rockin' the Big House
What does it mean to hold a party in a place with a long history of death and suffering?
African diasporans visit forts and castles in Ghana as the material embodiment of death, violence and subjugation during the slave trade.
For Africans and diasporans, learning about their heritage is important. But it remains to be seen how this will translate into a sustained continental and diasporan engagement.
Climbers begin the long ascent.
The 2019 season has been one of Mount Everest's deadliest for climbers.
A ferris wheel in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine.
The HBO series 'Chernobyl' has reignited interest among tourists to visit Pripyat, but growing up in the disaster's shadow has made us wary.
You might think it morbid, but people have many reasons for visiting the sites of battles and disasters.
A tourist photographs the stupa of human remains at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.
A new Netflix series focusing on tourism to sites of historic disasters or atrocities delivers no more than a contemporary version of a freak show.
Actress Kara Tointon at the official celebrity launch of the Jack the Ripper show at The London Dungeon in 2008.
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Why is it acceptable to leer at photos of murdered women in the name of entertainment?
The former prison, Spike Island, is now one of the world's top 'dark tourism' destinations.
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Northern Ireland has a tourist circuit steeped in death and disaster – is this a good thing?
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews.
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In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
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Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
Disaster tourism and obsessions with sites of death and destruction can be a learning experience, not just voyeurism.
The tragedy that unfolded 20 years ago added another layer of horror to a site already scarred by atrocity.
The 20th anniversary of the massacre at Port Arthur again raises pressing questions about ways of remembering the tragedy.
Inside the Metropolitan Police s hidden Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, c. 1900.
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People love all things spooky and gory: but when does dark tourism cross the boundary?
Europe’s untouchables: the Roma and Sinti.
Gypsies, tinkers, pikeys, travellers – everyone knows the terms, not to mention the even more derogatory ones. The Roma and Sinti people have been the subject of prejudice and discrimination in Europe…