Knut Aukland introduces a course on Religion and Tourism (RELV231/331), at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen.
NOTE: The course will be taught autumn 2015.
I would assume that you have been a tourist several times in your life. Yet, have you ever wondered what it means to be a tourist? And have you ever considered the immense impact tourism has globally? My aim with this course is to convince you that the interplay between religion and tourism has a decisive impact on national and religious identities, politics, economy, and the environment.
The course will take you on an intellectual expedition all over the world, exploring Hinduism in India, Buddhism in China, Hajj and Islam, Christianity in USA and Norway, and westerners traveling to ‘the East’ and Santiago de Compostela for spiritual growth.
From pilgrimage to Lonely Planet, religious theme parks to UNESCO and national heritage politics – we will explore a variety of cases on the intersections between religion and tourism. This rich interplay includes cases of mutual benefit, accommodation and adaptation, but also contestation, resistance and conflict.
You are free to select a topic of your interest for the final essay. You will also get the chance to do your own research, as we will collect new material relating to the religion–tourism nexus for our seminars.
[course coordinator and lecturer]
For more information, please see: uib.no/course/RELV231