Dark Tourism and Pilgrimage

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Olsen, Brigham Young University
contact email: 

Call for Chapters: Dark Tourism and Pilgrimage

Daniel H. Olsen, Brigham Young University

Maximiliano Korstanje, University of Palmero


In recent years there has been a growth in the academic literature related to travel to sites related to tragedy and death. Labeled as dark tourism or thanatourism, this research has focused on typologizing dark tourism supply and demand, the ethical considerations regarding the commodification of death, as the ways in which death and tragedy are presented to a post-modern consumer society, and how dark tourism sites can be used for reconciliation and healing.


The purpose of this book is to examine the dark tourism phenomenon through the lens of pilgrimage. In particular, we seek book chapters related to dark tourism sites as pilgrimage destinations, dark tourists as pilgrims, or pilgrimage as a form of dark tourism.


Expressions of interest should be directed to Dr. Daniel Olsen (dholsen@byu.edu).


The timeline for publication is as follows:


Expressions of interest: January 20, 2017

Chapter abstract: February 10, 2018

Chapters due: September 1, 2018


The expected publication date will be June 2019 with CABI.


Thank you in advance for your interest in this project.


Daniel Olsen (dholsen@byu.edu)