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POSTPONED Cafe Scientifique: Morbid curiosity - putting the dark in dark tourism

This talk will be led by Professor Michael Lück who will discuss the origins, development, and characterisation of dark tourism.

Due to the change in COVID-19 Alert Levels this event has been postponed. New date TBC.

Dark tourism deals with the philosophical interrogation of death and suffering. It involves travelling to places historically associated with death and tragedy. However, it is important to consider not only the attributes and context of the site, but also the visitor’s motivation for visiting. 

Michael Lück is a Professor of Tourism at Auckland University of Technology. Raised in Germany, he has worked in tourism in Europe, Central America, and Aotearoa New Zealand. After completing his PhD at the University of Otago, he has taught in Scotland, Canada, and Aotearoa New Zealand. He specialises in eco and environmental tourism.

The Auckland Cafe Scientifique series is brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute, Auckland Branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

This talk begins promptly at 6:30pm in the downstairs event room. Wheelchair access is available directly off the venue carpark on the railway side of the building.


Michael Lück



Auckland Museum Institute


Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mount Eden, Auckland

6:00pm Wed 25 August, 2021 - 8:00pm Wed 25 August, 2021