In this presentation, Dr Angela Shapiro will outline the key features of a Scottish community-based project ‘Gathering the Voices’. The key aim of Gathering the Voices is to collect and make freely available online, the oral and videoed testimony from men and women who sought sanctuary in Scotland as a consequence of Nazi persecution. The project is using blended learning approaches to engage with the general public and, more specifically, young adults and children of school age. Its website enables teachers to link sections easily to the school curriculum.
FRI 19 JANUARY 2018,
12:30 – 13:30
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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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Academics, historians, and curators will gather at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to explore the phenomenon of dark tourism and its soaring popularity.
The Holocaust and Nazi architecture will form the central focus of the international conference, which will consider how memorial sites such as concentration camps and the locations of mass genocide strike a balance between tourism, remembrance and education.
Dark tourism is a term coined by GCU Professor John Lennon, describing tourism and travel sites historically associated with tragedy.
Sites connected to the Holocaust continue to prove hugely popular with tourists, with the former German Nazi camp Auschwitz-Birkenau attracting more than one million tourists each year.
The four-day conference, which will run from June 28- July 1, will reflect on the tourist experience and address the challenges facing museum curators and professionals, including how to present difficult historical periods, increasing commercialisation, media representation and remembrance.
It will compare different approaches being taken and cover topics such as conservation of Nazi architecture and best practice in education and learning.
It is organised by GCU in partnership with the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Contemporary History in Germany and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC.
Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development at GCU, said: “The conference brings together international academics, museum curators, historians and researchers in the field to explore issues in our shared and troubled history. We hope to learn from best practice in the sector and inform future interpretation of such dark sites.”
The conference, entitled ‘Dark Tourism Sites related to the Holocaust, the Nazi Past and World War II: Visitation and Practice’, will feature international experts including John Lennon, Alicja Podbielska, Colin Philpott, Frank Bajohr and Suzanne Brown-Flemming.
The event will also feature highlights from the Gathering the Voices exhibition, organised by GCU’s Angela Shapiro, which gathers the testimonies of men and women who sought safety in Scotland after escaping the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.
For more information and to register – http://www.moffatcentre.com/darktourismconference2017/
Calderwood Lodge Primary School displayed the Gathering the Voices exhibition in May 2016. To Say thank you for the achievement, we sent the school a thank you certificate. See the picture showing it on display!
The daughter of a Holocaust survivor has been honoured by her alma mater for her life-long commitment promoting love over hate.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduate Saskia Tepe has been presented with an Alumni Achievement Award.
Saskia penned the memoir Surviving Brigitte’s Secrets, which gained international recognition, detailing the gravity of her mother’s wartime experiences, even after victory day in 1945.
She has dedicated her life educating audiences across the globe about the chilling effects of war, sharing her mum’s story and her own experience as a child refugee in Germany.
This includes speaking to Gathering the Voices, a GCU-supported project collating oral testimonies of men and women who sought refuge in Scotland.