Reconnecting with ruins: Ancestral Tourism & Heritage work in Tiree
Welcome to an open seminar in the Humanities and Arts Research Cluster’s research programme exploring the broad themes of Ruination and Decay. The theme for the November seminar is “Reconnecting with ruins: Ancestral Tourism & Heritage work in Tiree” and is led by Joanna Rodgers, from the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History.
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This seminar is part of a series of monthly seminars and events in HARC’s annual research programme exploring the broad themes of Ruination and Decay. The overall aim of the themed research programme is for HARC to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative events within the UHI network and introduce and involve people in different disciplines in different areas to a variety of approaches to ruination and decay. The seminar on 14th November will be on the theme of “Reconnecting with ruins: Ancestral Tourism & Heritage work in Tiree.”
Ancestral tourists are people who travel to a place to reconnect with their roots, often by visiting graveyards or ancestral homes which they may find in ruins. Rejecting dominant approaches which interpret this heritage practice through national, economic frameworks, this seminar explores experiences of reconnecting with such ruins, highlighting the importance of local, personal connections to places and people. The effect of such tourism practices can transform and reconfigure how the heritage landscape of a place is seen by both visitors and residents.
Joanna Rodgers, from the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History.
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