Hazel Tucker’s current research projects

Exploring ‘value’ in heritage value (2009 – continuing)

Hazel Tucker's current research projectsThis project is aimed at exploring and opening up debates surrounding heritage ‘value’, particularly relating to World Heritage. The project looks at the ways in which heritage construction for tourism can re-contextualize, or de-contextualize, culture and sites, thereby raising questions as to what is being valued, by whom and how? With current trends in ‘critical heritage’ moving away from the search for knowledge through formal structures and universal values and towards more nuanced approaches to heritage presentation, this project investigates ways in which heritage tourism can open up and be an expression of alternative values and narratives.

This is an ongoing collaboration with Dr. E. Carnegie, University of Sheffield, UK), resulting in the following publications:

Tucker, H. and Carnegie, E. (2014)

‘World heritage and the Contradictions of Universal Value’, in Annals of Tourism Research. Vol 47, 63-76.

Carnegie, E. and Tucker, H. (2013)

‘Interpreting the Shared Past within the World Heritage Site of Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey’, in V. Golding and W. Modest (eds.) Museums and Communities: Curators, Collections and Collaboration. London: Bloomsbury (pp. 246-259).

Associate Professor Tucker and Dr. Carnegie will be convening a session related to this project at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Canberra, December 2014.

‘Last Chance Tourism’ and Apocalyptic Thought (2012 – continuing)

Apocalyptic thought, the idea that we are living in ‘the end times’, is gaining increasing scholarly attention because it impacts the ways in which societies engage with issues of ecological, economic and social concern. This project examines the relationship between apocalyptic thought and tourism, and in particular, ‘last chance’/heritage tourism. Most forms of heritage tourism (both cultural and nature-based) are examples of ‘last chance’ tourism, which is now a burgeoning industry and defined as when ‘tourists explicitly seek vanishing landscapes or seascapes, and/or disappearing natural and/or social heritage’ (Lemelin et al. 2010).

This project builds on theoretical discussions on contemporary apocalyptic thought in order to facilitate critical developments within the literature pertaining to the management of ‘last chance’ / heritage tourism product design and delivery.

This is an ongoing collaboration with Dr. E. Shelton, University of Otago, NZ.

Publications:

Tucker, H. and Shelton, E. J. (2014)

‘Travelling through the end times’, in Tourism Analysis. Vol. 19 (5).

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