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Heritage Tourism After Conflict: Starting Philosophical Thoughts

Kirchin, Simon and Bernard, Penelope (2023) Heritage Tourism After Conflict: Starting Philosophical Thoughts. In: Frowe, Helen and Matravers, Derek and Bulow, William and Thomas, Joshua, eds. Heritage and War. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-19-286264-8. (KAR id:96131)


Tourism to sites of war, conflict, terror and violence is hugely popular. All manner of tours and visits are organised worldwide, every day, to both current and historic conflict sites. Some are once-in-a-lifetime events, such as tours of current conflict sites in the Middle East or to the battlegrounds of World War II, some are routine family visits, such as day trips to local castles. Some visits focus on war and battles themselves, others focus on sites that were the centres of conflict in a broader sense, such as notorious prisons or torture chambers. What strikes us is the absence of sustained, critical attention to conflict tourism from philosophers. This paper narrows matters into a more manageable form. We focus on the idea of tourist visits to conflict heritage sites, some of which are adapted for mass, regular, safe tourism. In this chapter we have three aims: first, to raise awareness of the phenomena and show they merit sustained philosophical interest; second, to outline some relevant philosophical questions; third, to offer some initial responses to these questions. Our overall claim, voiced at various intervals, is that one can, at most, develop general, defeasible ideas both about the phenomena and about what one should do.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: conflict, curation, ethics, heritage, morality, sites, tourism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Depositing User: Simon Kirchin
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 06:00 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 14:35 UTC
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