13 December 2016:
New and updated chapters are now up under Germany
. France, Belarus and Belgium will have to wait until I'm back from my next trip, which will take me to India for the first time ever. That'll be a mixed trip with lots of non-dark things (culinary delights, wildlife, architecture), and not as frantic and intense a research trip as last summer's, but it will also include some interesting dark sites, e.g. in Amritsar
, and the Andaman Islands
... I won't be running out of material to write about any time soon, that much is certain ...
September 2016: just back from a long field trip across Europe, from Minsk in Belarus to Cherbourg in France. You can expect plenty of entirely new entries as well as substantially updated chapters to appear on this site over the next few months.
13 June 2016:
further to the last entry here - there's an associated blog entry
(external link) that's also of interest.
13 June 2016:
just listened to this excellent interview about dark tourism
(external link - opens in a new window). For once this one is almost completely devoid of the usual 'moral panic' attacks you so often get in the media; in fact it puts dark tourism in a proper context, which is very much appreciated. One of the interviewees, by the way, is a co-editor of the book "Dark Tourism and Place Identity
long time no news posting ... sorry for the neglect. Meanwhile all the new USA
chapters are up too, as are several new ones for Great Britain
- more are in the making, also for Slovenia. So do keep checking back.
5 February 2016:
following my latest field trip to the Caribbean, researching sites of dictatorship etc., the new Dominican Republic
chapters are now all uploaded, with plenty of new photos too. With that out of the way I can finally get back to Hawaii/USA ...
14 December 2015:
all the new Slovakia
chapters are now up. Hawaii
is nearly complete (except Pearl Harbor that still requires major revision and updating). The rest of that and the USA as well as the remainder for Spain will be my task in the new year.
10 November 2015:
long time since the last entry here. Meanwhile most of Spain
is up, and I am currently working on Hawaii
and the USA
following my long summer field trip there. Futhermore I've just been on a short excursion into a country that so far is not yet covered on this site: Slovakia. Expect several new chapetrs to appear on that too before long. But it's a lot of work, so bear with me please.
7 July 2015
: all the updates and new chapters for Italy
are now uploaded too.
Next big task is Spain ...
now DT also has a page on Facebook
! I'll aim at posting a Photo of the Day (almost) every day. These are selected from my large stock of photos from years of travelling as a dark tourist and so cover a wide range - this past week from nuclear sites to a cemetery with Pinochet junta victims, from Cold War relics to a smouldering volcano, from skulls of a Cambodian killing field to a war ruin in Bosnia/Herzegovina and environmental pollution in Kazakhstan. And that's just the beginning. Do go and follow the Facebook DT page
(and please also "like" and "share" it, so its reach gets increased).
13 November 2014:
There's a new article out that I have written for the blog at Experience Travel Group (who are amongst my sponsored-pages partners, see here
I think it looks pretty cool, if I may say so myself in all humbleness ... Content-wise there is obviously a lot of overlap with the relevant chapters on this website, but the texts (and some of the photos) are different and thus a worthwhile read for regular visitors to this site too. Do go and have a look. I also appreciate the nice words they have to say about me and my site, of course.
19 September 2014:
I'm in the papers! Well, in a specific Austrian tourism magazine, to be precise. It's called "FaktuM
" and in its current edition (9/2014) it runs a four-page (pp 70-73) special article on dark tourism ... in German, of course. It's interestingly entitled "Licht ins Dunkel" - i.e. it aims at shedding light on dark tourism (remember, in the German-speaking world the term is not very well known ... yet). In it the author makes reference to dark-tourism.com and uses ample quotes from me too. These are mostly not from the website but from a presentation I gave in German at the University of Vienna
earlier this summer.
Thankfully, the article is for once rather positive about dark tourism, i.e. it does not fall into the usual trap of "moral panic" (cf. here
) ... mainly because, unlike so many journalists who routinely slag it off without reflection, the author of this article did her homework beforehand.
The article gives a brief outline of the origin of dark tourism and the academic research of it, mentioning the iDTR
and myself in the process, and in the second half concentrates on a specific instance of dark tourism, namely visiting ghost towns
. Four such destinations
are briefly introduced, namely Pompeii
, Hashima island
. There are a couple of tiny inaccuracies, but on the whole I am very pleased indeed with this positive coverage of the topic of dark tourism in the media. May it set an example for others to follow too!
For those who can read German, here's a link to the online version of the article
(external link) and the fully illustrated version can be found as a pdf-document here
. In addition, here's a link to a manuscript for that presentation
which I gave earlier and which this article quotes from at length; so you can check it all up in its full context. The manuscript is not 100% identical to the presentation (where I also spoke freely for some stretches), but it is the written version that is closest to it.
back from a long trip to South-East Asia, which was as exhausting as it was exhaustive, covering large parts of Indonesia
, East Timor
. Processing all the photo material and writing up updates and entirely new chapters about all the places I visited on this trip will probably keep me very busy for most of the rest of the year ... and I haven't even finished writing up Latvia and Lithuania ...
August 2014: the redesign of this site is now more or less finished. Hope you like the new (and responsive) look. It's still a bit slow, though. I will have to look into that ...
17 July 2014: the re-design of the site is well on its way, just a few little things left to sort out. If that can't be done before I set off on my next big trip it will have to wait until I'm back. Keep fingers crossed.
10 June 2014: glossary
links are working again! Slowly getting there with the re-design too ...
4 June 2014: The re-design saga continues. Photo galleries appear to be working alright again, but now all links to the glossary lead to 404 errors. Hope this can be fixed soon as it affects a huge number of links. grrrrrr
26 May 2014: This site is currently undergoing a redesign, most of the time in the background, only occasionally can you already see the new template/interface design when things need to be tested. At other times (most of the time) it will still look largely as before. But: because of the ongoing work on the new design some functions, such as photo galleries, may at times not work properly while the site is switched into the old design mode. Once work on the new design is finished, it will be switched live permanently and hopefully all will work fine then. The main improvment the new design is intended to bring is that it will finally be "responsive", i.e. suitable for viewing on smartphones and tablets. Please bear with us during this transition period.
7 May 2014:
just back from a very intense trips to the Baltics - so you can soon expect a whole range of new chapters (and plenty of photos) about Lithuania
. It's a lot of work, though, so it may take quite some time for it all to be completed.
March 2014: there appear to be some mysterious dead links on the site - or rather: the links as such are fine, but when navigating in a certain sequence from subpage to subpage, their embedding in the site somehow gets lost and then a link may chuck you onto the home page instead of where it is suppoed to lead. As it is near impossible to determine at which point the connection gets lost along the way, it's a nasty problem. At present I have no clue as to how it could be rectified. Fortunately it doesn't happen often.
If it does happen to you I recommend that you navigate back to the page you've come from not by using your browser's back button but via the countries list or the menus at the top. That should normally sort it.
15 January 2014: FINALLY, dark-tourism.com is "live", i.e. publicly accessible without password-protected logging-in.