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Roman Catacombs: Man-made Motif or Motif made of Man?

With Halloween just around the corner, you may be considering a spooky adventure and if you’re a dark soul, you may enjoy exploring the catacombs in Rome. 248 more words

Dirty, Dismembered, Decapitated...Dolls?

We all know, the popular timeless children’s toy, Barbie dolls. You may even have had a Barbie. Now imagine your beloved doll dirty, dismembered and scattered on a lonely island with all its dirty, dismembered, and decapitated doll friends. 390 more words

Planning a Trip to Auschwitz

A little background information, Auschwitz first intended use was for an internment camp for political prisoners before it soon became the notorious Nazi concentration camp we recognize it for present-day. 482 more words

Welcome to the New Age, to the New Age (of Dark Tourism): They’re Breathing in…the Chemicals

Margie Beltran

April 26, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the most devastating nuclear power plant meltdown in global history.[1]  To celebrate the disaster site’s big “3-0,” Chernobyl has opened its doors to welcome tourists from around the world. 1,202 more words

Old Uses for New Bunkers #38: the post Cold War rise (and occasional fall) of underground lairs

Whilst working on the editorial for In the Ruins of the Cold War Bunker: Affect, materiality and meaning making (Rowman & Littlefield Int, to be published August 2017) I’ve been increasingly thinking about the bunkers’ post-Cold War reverberations. 2,748 more words

Meaning Making

Photographs and 'Personal' Experiences of Tourist Destinations

I read an article today about technology in Canadian museums, and a single phrase crystallized something I’ve been mulling over for quite a while now.  The phrase that caught my attention was referring to the way people use their smartphones, and are seemingly interested in “curat a personal experience”. 305 more words


What is Dark Tourism?

Dark tourism involves going to places associated with death and tragedy, like former prisons, sites of natural disaster, or Walmart on Black Friday.

It’s not a new thing – gladiator games in ancient Rome, public executions, etc. 399 more words