Dark tourism in comparative perspective: Sites of suffering, sites of memory

Dark tourism in comparative perspective: Sites of suffering, sites of memory
Eduardo García Benito, L’Ensevelissient (extrait de l’album Ecce Homo), 1917, xylographie © Musée d’histoire contiporaine-BDIC. © DR

Franco-British project in partnership with the Care for the Future program (Arts & Humanities Research Council - United Kingdom)

The project is situated at the intersection of research on memory and the meaning of sites, on the commemoration, and the emerging field of research on the heritage industry surrounding sites of suffering, incarceration, and genocides. Its research focuses on the connection between tourism of catastrophe and the relationship to the past. What purpose does tourism of catastrophe serve? How and to what degree of success does the heritage industry represent the suffering and imprisonment? What role do university scholars play in understanding difficult pasts and what is their relationship to heritage and memory? Involving several disciplines (history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and museum studies) in order to explore the relationships between memory, cultural heritage, colonialism, and public understanding, the Franco-Britannic team proposes comparative investigations of New Caledonia, Australia/Tasmania, Rwanda, mainland France (Shoah Memorial, Shoah Museum-Drancy, Army Museum), and the United Kingdom.

Project managers

Annette BECKER , University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Charles FORSDICK , University of Liverpool

Internal cluster partners

  • History of Arts and Representations (HAR) - EA 4414

Associated partners

University of Tasmania

Shoah Memorial of Drancy

University of Liverpool University of Liverpool University of Liverpool


18 months



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