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Heritage and Tourism

This research group investigates entangled and dynamic relationships between natural/cultural heritage and tourism in various socio-political settings put in motion by new actors and challenges.  The group looks into the critical potentials of heritage tourism designs that are produced or put into place by museums, entrepreneurs, social movements, citizen initiatives, artistic endeavours, scholars. Our analysis deals with impact on localities, communities, regions and regional development (outskirt problems), on the formation of new global and affective publics, on the inclusion/exclusion of (un)heard voices and (in)visible bodies.

We touch upon and encourage scholars to join when studying:

  • Holocaust, Communism, Colonialism, Terrorism and difficult heritage sites
  • Materializing media as heritage (Game of Thrones etc.)
  • The role of heritage in popular culture
  • Digital archives
  • Communities of feelings and heritage, media and materialities
  • Multiple colonialisms and heritage designs
  • Colonial heritage in the post-colony
  • Outskirts, urbanization, de-and re-urbanization
  • World heritage sites: global and local impacts
  • Rewilding landscapes, sustainability and touristic desire
  • New interventionist methods

 We have currently two bigger funded research projects that form the core of the research group: Rethinking tourism to a coastal city – design for new engagements (Innovation Fund Denmark 2016-2019) and ECHOES – European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities (H2020 2018-2021).


This research group is affiliated with:

  • EIREST – Equipe interdisciplinaire de recherches sur le tourisme, Université Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne (Maria Gravari-Barbas, Linda Boukhris)
  • Heritage and Tourism, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney (Emma Waterton, Tony Bennett, Greg Noble, etc.)
  • CIRESC, CNRS sur l’esclavages et post-esclavages (Myriam Cottias) 
  • Aarhus School of Architecture (Tom Nielsen, Jens-Christian Pasgaard)
  • The Wilberford Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull, UK (John Oldfield)
  • Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (AHS), University of Amsterdam (Elizabeth Buettner)
  • Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts (Christian Ernsten)
  • CoHERE – Access Europe, H2020 project (Chiara de Cesari, University of Amsterdam)
  • UNREST, H2020 project (Wulf Kannsteiner, Hans Lauge Hansen AU)
  • TRACES – Cultural Heritage with the Arts
  • The Social Memory Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Poland (Joanna Wawrzyniak).
  • Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal (Paulo Peixoto, Lorena Sacho Querol)
  • Global Art History, Postcolonial Theories and Museology, History and Archeology Department, University of Rennes (Elvan Zabunyan)
  • CARMAR, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Berlin, Germany (Sharon MacDonald)
  • Creatour, Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas (Nancy Duxbury) 
  • Autogena projects (Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway) 
  • Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (Lu, Jian Song, Zheng, Yi)


Researchers: Mads Daugbjerg, Jan Ifversen, Britta Timm KnudsenAnne Marit WaadeCasper AndersenChristoffer KølvraaNick ShepherdAstrid Nonbo-AndersenEkaterina KalininaSofie Maj Thomsen, Maria Dembek