Glasgow is preparing this week to host Scotland’s first Dark Tourism conference at the city’s Caledonian University, exploring the issues around visiting locations where horrific atrocities such as genocide have occurred.
Running from 28 June to 1 July, the gathering will address how best to approach visits to dark tourism sites related to the Holocaust in particular. The conference will advocate the best way for such places to ‘practise’ this type of tourism, advising that they should confront history head on and be transparent in their curation.
Professor John Lennon of Glasgow Caledonian University is organising the conference alongside the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Institute for Contemporary History in Berlin.
Lennon coined the term ‘dark tourism’ in the 1990s, referring to the innate human interest in places where extreme atrocities have been carried out.
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