6th December 2006




The wonders of why people travel to places associated with death, disaster and destruction will be discussed at the University of Lincoln next week.


An inaugural lecture on the dark side of tourism will be given by Professor Richard Sharpley on Tuesday 12th December.


The human fascination with death is not a new attraction. Medieval public executions and the Roman gladiatorial games demonstrated that people will travel to watch death.


Professor Sharpley will explore different perspectives on the meaning and scope of dark tourism as a tourist activity. The lecture is entitled ‘The Darker Side of Travel: Is There a Dark Tourism?’


Examples of dark tourism include New York’s Ground Zero, resorts affected by the Tsunami, locations/homes of notorious murders, battlefields and holocaust sites. The death sites of celebrities are often visited regularly such as the airport where Buddy Holly’s plane crashed in the 50s.


The lecture will focus on how the sociology of death in a contemporary society informs our understanding of the concept of dark tourism.


Professor Sharpley said: “The notion of dark tourism has become popularised by the media, with visitors to dark sites being described variously as 'grief tourists' or 'morbid tourists'. The lecture will explore the reasoning behind the label 'dark tourism' and, in particular, consider why tourists may be drawn to such places.”


Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. To book a place or for more information please contact Alex Gray on 01522 837003 or email algray@lincoln.ac.uk.


The lecture will take place in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Main Academic Building, Brayford Campus. Registration is at 5.30pm and the lecture will start at 6.00pm. A buffet and refreshments will be available after the lecture.



For more information contact:

Sophie Gayler Press Office Assistant

(01522) 886042 sgayler@lincoln.ac.uk

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