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Reviewer Meets Reviewed: Writing the Dark Side of Travel
Thursday 19 May 2016, 09:30am
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM'S ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Writing the Dark Side of Travel

Thursday 19 May at 10.00 am (tea & coffee served from 9.30 am)

Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present the fifth seminar in the 2015-16 series of ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Dr Jonathan Skinner, editor of Writing the Dark Side of Travel, and Dr Tony Johnston, who reviewed the book for Tourist Studies.

The travel experience filled with personal trauma; the pilgrimage through a war-torn place; the journey with those suffering: these represent the darker sides of travel. What is their allure and how are they represented? This volume takes an ethnographic and interdisciplinary approach to explore the writings and texts of dark journeys and travels. In travelling over the dead, amongst the dying, and alongside the suffering, the authors give a tour of humanity's violence and misery. And yet, from this dark side, there comes great beauty and poignancy in the characterisation of plight; creativity in the comic, graphic, and graffiti sketches and comments on life; and the sense of profound and spiritual journeys being undertaken, recorded, and memorialised.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe ( TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org)

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