Travel and Trauma

Travel and Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium,
April 17-18 2009

School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast

Many travelers are suffering tourists or dark tourists.  They are often carrying traumas, motivated by suffering or drawn to sites of devastation and destruction (thanatourists).  How should we regard such journeys, and the travelers that make them? Are they important witnesses to human suffering, or just ghoulish voyeurs? Are they engaged in acts of atonement, or of exploitation? And how, equally, should we regard the many travel writers who are drawn to recreate in writing these sites, and the journeys to them - not to mention the many readers who make vicarious journeys through these texts?

This Travel and Trauma colloquium is the 7th annual event in the annual Writing Journeys and Places seminar series.  It will explore 'dark' travel experiences from a variety of disciplinary angles.  It is the second colloquium on this theme and so we are looking to collate the best of the proceedings into a publishable volume. The seminar will run over the afternoon of Friday 17th and the whole of Saturday 18th. The conference fee is £15 and includes lunch and refreshments!

To book a place, please contact Dr Jonathan Skinner ( There has been a great deal of interest in this event, and places are limited, so early booking is advised.

Sponsored by:

QUB TLC forum (Tourism, Leisure and Culture)

The Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University

CRONEM at the University of Surrey