Philip Stone at USI to talk about Dark Tourism


Institutional Communication Service

8 April 2024

Philip Stone, one of the world's leading experts on Dark Tourism, will be visiting professor at USI as part of the Master in International Tourism. The first lecture of his course "A Photographic Journey through the Shadows of Contemporary Tourism" will be open to the public and will be held on Tuesday,16 April 2024 at the West Campus, in room 355 at 6pm. The event will be held in English and is organised by the Master in Tourism in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in ICT at USI. Free admission.

Dark Tourism involves travelling to places associated with tragedy, natural disasters and more widely with death: Auschwitz of course, but also battlefields, prisons, cemeteries, places of terrorist attacks, etc.

In recent years, Dark Tourism has attracted the attention of scholars for several reasons. Firstly, the number of those practicing Dark Tourism is growing, as is the media interest in the topic. Moreover, Dark Tourism, in its various forms and nuances, challenges our usual idea of tourism as a pleasant, light activity (Leisure). Finally, its management continually raises delicate and complex ethical questions: for instance, is it possible to be a tourist in a concentration camp?

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Philip Stone (University of Central Lancashire - UCLan) is among the world's leading experts in this field. He is director of the prestigious Institute for Dark Tourism Research and coordinates the leading scientific journal in the field (International Journal of Dark Tourism Studies).