For Authors

Call for papers: „From Secondhand Testimonies to Commodifications of Death”

Although the roots of thanatotourism and “dark tourism” can be traced as far back as antiquity, in the era of mobility and democratized travel sites of memory have been subjected to ongoing commercialization. This phenomenon provokes a range of questions: How to develop sites of disasters and mass death to ensure a proper balance between respect for the victims, on the one hand, and the comfort of visitors and touristic potential, on the other? How should one approach visits to such places? Are death and memory eventually doomed to commodification? Can one act as a secondhand witness upon passing of the last survivors? Why the need for the admonishing “No Smoking” plates at Auschwitz-Birkenau? Why are present-day railbuses from Lublin to Bełżec casually announced as “Special Trains”? To what extent can thanatotourism act as a factor of identity? How is it related to sacralizing discourses, martyrological narratives, politics of memory, etc.?

We are seeking proposals of theoretical texts, comparative analyses, case studies, photo essays, etc., addressing the broadly defined thanatotourism and “dark tourism” since World War II.

Possible topics for exploration include, but are not limited to:
– the ethics of thanatotourism (educational and touristic excursions to sites of memory, development of tourist infrastructure, dress codes and savoir vivre at sites of memory, etc.);
– thanatotourism as a medium that shapes and galvanizes imagined communities (national, ethnic, religious, etc.)
– the specificity of dark tourism in Poland and abroad;
– the impact of (post)Christian and pilgrimage traditions on thanatotouristic formulas in Poland and abroad;
– sites of memory as thanatotouristic palimpsests, strategies of preservation of memory: from non-interference to hyperreal reconstruction (e.g. House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, Museum – Memorial Site in Bełżec, Lorraine Motel in Memphis, 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, Warsaw Rising, etc.);
– the commodification of sites of memory and the development of tourism in locations potentially attractive to dark tourists (advertisement, infrastructure, souvenirs, etc.).

Please send completed papers of up to 5,000 words to by September 15, 2017. Preliminary inquiries should be sent to the same address.

See below for more instructions for authors.

Manuscript preparation
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  1. Submitted materials should be formatted and edited in accordance with the standards accepted at „Czas Kultury” and sent exclusively via e-mail to
  2. Together with the article, authors must send
    – a summary of the article in Polish (700 characters or less),
    – keywords
    – biogram: year of birth, academic degrees, place of employment, research interests, list of selected publications.
  3. Texts should be sent in the .doc or .rtf formats.
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  8. Foreign-language expressions (in Latin, French, etc.) should be written in italics.
  9. Footnotes:
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    – footnotes should have continuous numbering throughout the entire article,
    – when referring to information from websites, the first initial and surname or pseudonym of the author, the article title, the name of the web portal and website should be given, as well as the date when the site was last accessed, in brack­ets, as shown below:
    C. Winterer, Visualizing Benjamin Franklin’s Correspondence Network, Maping The Republic of Letters, 10.03.2009, [accessed: 19.02.2015],
    – each bibliographical references should contain:
    – the first initial and surname of the author, the work’s title (italicized), place and year of publication, and the number of the page cited, as below:
    1 Olsen, W obronie rzeczy. Archeologia i ontologia przedmiotów, trans. B. Shall­cross, Warszawa 2013, p. 45.
    – in the case of collaborative works or anthologies: the work’s title, the first initials and surnames of all editors, the place and year of publication:
    1 Egzystencjalne doświadczenie starości w literaturze, ed. A. Gleń, I. Jokiel, M. Szladowski, Opole 2008.
    – in the case of a work which is part of a greater whole:
    1 S. Tynecka-Makowska, Starość z Amorem w tle. O wizerunku miłości w starości w literaturze XX wieku w kontekście epok poprzednich, [in:] Egzystencjalne doświadczenie starości w literaturze, ed. A. Gleń, I. Jokiel, M. Szladowski, Opole 2008, p. 100.
    – in the case of an article in a periodical:
    1 M. Bakke, “Planeta wolna od dzieci? Między pragnieniem wymarcia a nadzieją na nieśmiertelność,” Czas Kultury 2014, no. 6, pp. 4–11.
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    1 B. Olsen, W obronie rzeczy. Archeologia i ontologia przedmiotów, trans. B. Shallcross, Warszawa 2013, p. 45.
    2 Olsen, W obronie rzeczy, p. 65.
    – double initials are written without any intervening space: M.P. Markowski
    – English titles are written capitalized: Synaesthesia. Classic and Contemporary Readings, ed. S. Baron-Cohen, J.E. Harrison, Oxford 1997.
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