The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Opportunity: Dark Tourism Research

*** NEW DARK TOURISM RESEARCH ***

Would you like an opportunity to receive a DVD of the TV documentary 'Turning Points of History: Dark Tourism'? Are you 16 years or older? Have you visited one or more of the following sites within the past five years?

*Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum, Oswiecim, Poland

*Tribute WTC Visitor Centre (Ground Zero), New York, USA

*Gunter von Hagens' Body Worlds: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, Worldwide

*The Dungeon Visitor Attractions (either in London, York, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Hamburg)

As part of a new Research Project at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, you are invited to complete our survey for a new book. 'Consuming Dark Tourism in Contemporary Society' will explore potential relationships between death and mortality and dark tourism. Your views and opinions are vital to this exciting new research. As a token of our gratitude for your participation in this research, we are offering you a Prize Draw opportunity to receive a DVD copy of the 1 hour film documentary 'Dark Tourism'. Please follow the links below to access the relevant survey(s) and to enter our Prize Draw:

Auschwitz-Birkenau Survey: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/uclan/auschwitz
Ground Zero Survey: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/uclan/ground-zero
Body Worlds Survey: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/uclan/body-worlds
The Dungeon Visitor Attraction(s) Survey: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/uclan/dungeons

Please forward this email on to any person that may complete any of these surveys.

Thank You
Philip R.Stone (Editor) The Dark Tourism Forum


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Philip R. Stone

Senior University Lecturer
Editor - The Dark Tourism Forum
Course Leader: [International] Tourism Management Undergraduate Programmes

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE (UCLan)
Faculty of Management (SSTO)
Preston
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

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Email: pstone@uclan.ac.uk
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An International Conference: Tourist Experiences: Meanings, Motivations, Behaviours. (April 1st - 4th 2009). For further information, please visit http://www.uclan.ac.uk/host/international-tourism-conference/index.htm

Dark Tourism is the act of travel to sites of death, disaster and the seemingly macabre... Learn more about the 'darker side of tourism' by visiting The Dark Tourism Forum at www.dark-tourism.org.uk

Brief Bio:

Philip's main research interests revolve around dark tourism and its fundamental interrelationships with (post)modern society. In particular, Philip is interested in the thanatological aspects of dark tourism consumption, and the societal consequences of contemporary mortality and morality issues. Philip, who is Founder and Editor of The Dark Tourism Forum (see www.dark-tourism.org.uk), has published in a range of leading international academic journals and presented at various international conferences, as well as writing and consulting for print and broadcast media across the world. A book co-authored with Richard Sharpley, The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory & Practice of Dark Tourism, is forthcoming.

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