The programme will encourage participation and discussion following presentations and combines a range of professionals from the sector including; Museologists, Curators, Educators, Site Managers and staff as well academics. We intend to offer keynotes led by experts/ specialists from across the world.

By attending you will hopefully learn, participate, connect, contribute and build connections with existing and new colleagues and friends.

The format for the event is relatively informal but all conference attendees are invited to a welcome buffet and drinks on the night of Wednesday 28th June 2017 and to formal welcome presentation and drinks at Glasgow City Chambers by the Lord Provost on Thursday 29th June 2017.

Who should attend?

  • Museum managers, Curators and Attraction Operators in this and related sectors
  • Researchers and academics in a range of subject areas including: Tourism, Education, Museum Management, History, Interpretation and Curatorship
  • Policy makers who have influence in this area of heritage, learning and education

What’s the format?

Day 1 - 28 June 2017




No. of Papers





15.00 – 16.00


Registration and Tea / Coffee



Panel I:

16.00 – 18.30

Introduction and Overview




16.00 – 16.15

Welcome and context dark tourism  -

John Lennon




16.15 – 16.45

Frank Bajohr & Axel Drecoll

Tourist expectations, images of the past and conflicting memories. Some introductory remarks




16.45 – 17.15


Colin Philpott: Dark Tourism Sites related to the Holocaust, the Nazi Past and World War II: Visitation and Practice




17.15 – 17.45

Brian Sommers and Robert S Wolff:

Landscapes of Traumatic Pasts: Memorialization of the Holocaust in Comparative Perspective




17.45 - 18.30

Suzanne Brown-Fleming & Kristine Donly: Dark Scholarship: Use and Practice of Authentic Objects, Photographs, Film Footage, Oral Histories and Original Documents for Holocaust Research and Education at the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center





Angela Shapiro ‘Gathering the Voices’: A Scottish response to teaching about the Holocaust –introduction to the foyer exhibition




19.00 – 20.00

Drinks and Welcome Buffet in University 



Day 2 - 29 June 2017







Panel II:

09.30 – 11.00

Obersalzberg. A Case Study Chair Axel Drecoll


09.30 – 10.00

Iris Groschek: Tweetup and Instaswap at concentration camp memorials? Experiences with social media used for educational purposes at the Memorials Neuengamme and Dachau


10.00 – 10.30

Brigitte Sion: Selfies at Sites of Violent Death: When Collective Memory Meets Individual Memories


10.30 – 11.15

Robert Tatlow: “A journey everyone should take” -Sites of Holocaust memory and the question of dark tourist transformation


11.15 – 11.45

Tea / Coffee

Panel III:

11.45 – 13.00

Social Norms and Ethical Behaviour Chair Frank Bajohr


11.45 – 12.15

Imogen Dalziel: Book Auschwitz, Get a Free Lunch: The Ethics of Advertising Holocaust Sites to the Public


12.15 – 13.00

Jan-Hinnerk Antons : “Swimming in a mass grave”– On the tension between recreational and dark tourism in the Bay of Neustadt


13.00 – 14.00


Panel IV:

14.00 – 15.30

Obersalzberg. A Case Study Chair Axel Drecoll


14.00 – 14.30

Wolfgang Aschauer & Miriam Foidl: The quality of tourism experiences at National Socialist Places of Remembrance: A mixed-method study dealing with visitors of the “Documentation Obersalzberg”


14.30 – 15.00

Sven Keller: Hitler’s spine-chilling idyll. The Obersalzberg as a site of dark tourism


15.00 – 15.45

Baijayanti Roy: Tea with Hitler: Eagle’s Nest as an international `experience tourism`


15.45 – 16.15

Tea / Coffee

Panel V:

16.15 – 19.00

Dark Sites: Impacts and Perceptions Chair John Lennon


16.15 – 16.45

Anja Ballis: "I cannot say 'enjoy' but I can say 'look and learn'": The visitors' point of view on education at concentration camps


16.45 – 17.15

Doreen Pastor: "I would have liked to see a barrack" –
visitor experiences at two concentration camp memorials in Germany


17.15 – 17.45

Ruth Fiona Pollmann: "Though it was original, it looked unreal.":  Conception and Reception of German School Excursions to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial


17.45 – 18.15

Jörg Skriebeleit: Dark or Mass Tourism? Former Concentration Camps between horror, dignity and touristic hot spots


18.15 - 19.00

Jody Russell Manning: Confronting Memory: Local Reactions to Visitors and Tourism


19.00 – 21.00

Lord Provost Drinks and Food in Glasgow City Chambers

Day 3 - 30 June 2017







Panel VI:

09.30 – 10.30

Dark Tourism and Commercialization Chair Suzanne Brown-Flemming (Panel VI-VII)




09.30 – 10.00

Alfons Adam: Places with "big economical potential" – The (re)discovery of Nazi crimes sites in Czech Republic




10.00 – 10.45

Caroline Pearce: Addressing a ‘Lesser Known’ Past at German Tourist Destinations: Pirna and Alt-Rehse




10.45 – 11.15

Tea / Coffee



Panel VII:

11.15 – 12.30

Right-wing Tourism Chair Elizabeth Anthony




11.15 – 11.45

Jennifer Farber:  "Dubious Memory Culture": The Former "NS-Ordensburg" Vogelsang as a Memory Site of the Extreme Right - Experiences, Strategies, and Educational Implications




11.45 - 12.30

John Lennon: A conspiracy of silence: the interpretation of Fascist Italy during the Nazi Period




12.30 – 13.30



Panel VIII:

13.30 – 14.45

Conflicting War Memories and Tourists in Films Chair Frank Bajohr (Panels VIII-X)




14.00 – 14.45

Tomasz Łysak: With a Camera in Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tourists in Films (visual screening)



Panel X:

14.45 – 15.45

Comparative Perspectives




14.45 – 15.15

Lindsay Scorgie-Porter: Local Perceptions of ‘Accidental’ Genocide Memorials in Rwanda




15.15 – 15.45

Tea / Coffee



Panel XI:

15.45– 18.00

Jewish Visits and Visitors Chair Hans-Christian Jasch




15.45 – 16.15

Lital Beer: Dark tourism as a catalyst for uncovering family histories




16.15 – 16.45

Ruth Ellen Gruber: Dark Tourism Meets Destination Culture: The Evolution of Jewish Heritage Travel




16.45 – 17.15

Beate Meyer: At first they were tourists. Organized and individual travels of German Jews to their hometowns and the gradual emergence of Holocaust memory




17.15 – 17.45

Liat Steir-Livny:  The Satiric Critique of Educational Trips to Poland in Israeli Culture




17.45 –

Delegates Free for Dinner



Day 4 - 1 July 2017







Panel XII:

10.00 – 13.00

Creating Memories and avoided Past Chair John Lennon




10.00 – 10.30

Maija Rozite or Aija van der Steen: Holocaust and Nazi Past Tourism Sites in Latvia: Examples of Avoided Past




10.30 - 11.15

Gaelle Fisher and Christian Schmittwilken: Off the Map of Dark Tourism? 'Forgotten' sites of the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union




11.15 – 11.45

Tea / Coffee




11.45 – 13.00

Keynote and closing remarks





Conference Closes Delegates Depart










Total Papers (based on 20 mins presentation and 10 mins questions)


4 - 6


£200 for the full programme including:

  • Access to all keynotes and papers
  • Tea / Coffee and lunches
  • Introductory Evening Buffet Day 1
  • Lord Provost Evening Event and Food Day 2

Delegates are responsible for securing accommodation. We have organised some reduced rates if you book via the Conference webpage. Book accommodation.

*Those invited to present will receive a grant to cover accommodation, travel and conference fee*

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