Duncan Light

Dr Duncan Light

  • 01202 962447
  • dlight at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic) in Tourism
  • Dorset House D239, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I joined Bournemouth University in September 2014. I am a human geographer by background and all my teaching and research highlights the relationships between tourism, places and spaces. Much of my research focuses on Romania, a country I have visited regularly since 1995.

Research

There are 4 strands to my current research:

First, I am interested in the cultural politics of tourism. My recent research has focused on 'Dracula tourism' in Romania. Dracula presents Romania with a unique dilemma: on one hand it can generate much needed foreign currency through tourism, but on the other hand it fundamentally collides with Romania's sense of its own political and cultural identity. My book 'The Dracula Dilemma: Tourism, Identity and the State in Romania' explores how Romania has negotiated this dilemma over the past 40 years (in both communist and post-communist contexts.

Second I am researching the nature of holiday-taking in socialist/communist Romania. We are used to thinking of tourism as a time of freedom and escape but these notions may have different meanings in a totalitarian state. I am working with colleagues from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bucharest on how people took holidays in communist-era Romania and whether they were able to 'get away' from everyday life when on holiday.

Third, I am working with colleagues from the University of York and Manchester Metropolitan University on the management and interpretation of cemeteries for tourism. Cemeteries are places of burial but many are increasingly valued as heritage and are popular tourist attractions. Furthermore, the need to ensure a sustainable future for cemeteries and burial grounds means that many local authorities and 'Friends' groups are actively promoting them as places for leisure...

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Favourites

Journal Articles

  • Light, D., 2017. Progress in dark tourism and thanatourism research: An uneasy relationship with heritage tourism. TOURISM MANAGEMENT, 61, 275-301.
  • Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2017. Working with the Carnivalesque at the Seaside: Transgression and misbehaviour in a tourism workplace. Tourist Studies, 17 (2), 182-199.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2016. Interrogating spaces of and for the dead as ‘alternative space’: cemeteries, corpses and sites of Dark Tourism. International Review of Social Research, 6 (2), 61-72.
  • Dumbreaveanu, D., Light, D., Young, C. and Chapman, A., 2016. Exploring women’s employment in tourism under state-socialism: Experiences of tourism work in socialist Romania. Tourist Studies, 16 (2), 151-169.
  • Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2016. Exploring the tourist destination as a mosaic: The alternative lifecycles of the seaside amusement arcade sector in Britain. TOURISM MANAGEMENT, 52, 254-263.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2015. Toponymy as Commodity: Exploring the Economic Dimensions of Urban Place Names. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39 (3), 435-450.
  • Light, D., 2014. Tourism and toponymy: Commodifying and Consuming Place Names. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment, 16 (1), 141-156.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2014. Habit, Memory, and the Persistence of Socialist-Era Street Names in Postsocialist Bucharest, Romania. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104 (3), 668-685.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2013. Urban space, political identity and the unwanted legacies of state socialism: Bucharest's problematic Centru Civic in the post-socialist era. Nationalities Papers, 41 (4), 515-535.
  • Light, D., 2013. "A medium of revolutionary propaganda”: The state and tourism policy in the Romanian People’s Republic, 1947-1965. Journal of Tourism History, 5 (2), 185-200.
  • Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2011. The ‘heritagisation’ of the British seaside resort: The rise of the ‘old penny’ arcade. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 6 (3), 209-226.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2011. Socialist statuary as post-socialist hybrids: Following the statues of Dr Petru Groza in Romania. Journal of Historical Geography, 37 (4), 493-501.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2010. Political Identity, public memory and urban space: A case study of Parcul Carol I, Bucharest from 1906 to the present. Europe - Asia Studies, 62 (9), 1453-1478.
  • Light, D., 2009. ‘European Union enlargement, post-accession migration and imaginative geographies of the ‘New Europe’: Media discourses in Romania and the United Kingdom’. Journal of Cultural Geography, 26 (3), 281-303.
  • Light, D., 2009. Performing Transylvania: Tourism, fantasy and play in a liminal place. Tourist Studies, 9 (3), 240-258.
  • Light, D., 2007. Dracula tourism in Romania Cultural identity and the state. Annals of Tourism Research, 34 (3), 746-765.
  • Light, D., 2004. Street names in Bucharest 1990-1997: Exploring the modern historical geographies of post-socialist change. Journal of Historical Geography, 30 (1), 154-172.
  • Light, D., 2000. Gazing on communism: heritage tourism and post-communist identities in Germany, Hungary and Romania. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment, 2 (2), 157-176.

Books

  • Light, D., 2012. The Dracula Dilemma: Tourism, Identity and the State in Romania. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Chapters

  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2017. Memory, commemorative landscapes and transitional justice. In: Stan, L. and Turcescu, L., eds. Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania New Insights. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 145-165.
  • Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2017. Last Night of the Fair: Heritage, Resort Identity and the Closure of Southport’s Pleasureland. In: Wood, J., ed. The Amusement Park History Culture and the Heritage of Pleasure. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2017. Spatiul public si mosteniril materiale ale comunismului in Bucuresti. In: Stan, L. and Vancea, D., eds. Romania postcomunista: Trecut, prezent si viitor. Iasi: Polirom, 63-81.
  • Light, D., 2017. The undead and dark tourism: Dracula tourism in Romania. In: Hooper, G. and Lennon, J., eds. Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation. Abingdon: Routledge, 121-133.
  • Light, D. and Watson, S., 2017. The Castle Imagined: Emotion and Affect in the Experience of Ruins. In: Tolia-Kelly, D., Waterton, E. and Watson, S., eds. Heritage, Affect and Emotion. Routledge, 154-178.
  • Young, C. and Light, D., 2016. Multiple and contested geographies of memory: Remembering the 1989 Romanian ‘revolution'. In: Drozdzewski, D., de Nardi, S. and Waterton, E., eds. Memories, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict. Abingdon: Routledge, 56-73.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2015. Public memory, commemoration and transitional justice: Reconfiguring the past in public space. In: Stan, L. and Nedelsky, N., eds. Post-Communist Transitional Justice: Lessons from Twenty-Five Years of Experience. New York: Cambridge University Press, 233-251.
  • Light, D., 2015. Heritage and Tourism. In: Waterton, E. and Watson, S., eds. The Palgrave Companion to Contemporary Heritage Research. Palgrave, 144-158.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2015. Public space and the material legacies of communism in Bucharest. In: Stan, L., ed. Post-Communist Romania at 25: Linking Past, Present and Future. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 41-62.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2015. Local and Counter-Memories of Socialism in Post-Socialist Romania. In: Beyen, M. and Deseure, B., eds. Local Memories in a Nationalizing and Globalizing World. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 221-243.
  • Light, D., 2012. Taking Dracula on Holiday: The presence of home in the tourism encounter. In: Smith, L., Waterton, E. and Watson, S., eds. The Cultural Moment in Tourism. Routledge, 59-78.
  • Light, D., 2009. Halloween in Transylvania. In: Foley, M. and O'Donnell, H., eds. Trick or Treat? Halloween in a Globalising World. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 186-200.
  • Light, D., Young, C. and Czepczyński, M., 2009. Heritage Tourism in Central and Eastern Europe. In: Timothy, D. and Nyaupane, G.P., eds. Cultural Heritage and Tourism in the Developing World. London: Routledge, 224-245.

Conferences

  • Axon, S., Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2017. Coastal sustainability transitions: Marginality, engagement and communities. In: Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone 30 March-2 April 2017 Southern Connecticut State University.
  • Light, D., 2016. Travel and Tourism in Bram Stoker's Dracula. In: 4th World Dracula Congress 20-22 October 2016 Trinity College, Dublin.
  • Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2016. Pier-ing into the future: Seaside pier sustainability in the 21st century. In: 2016 ATLAS Annual Conference: Tourism, Lifestyles and Locations 14-16 September 2016 Canterbury, UK.
  • Light, D., 2016. Space, place and tourism: New conceptualisations. In: Spatii altfel (Alternative Spaces) 10-11 December 2015 Bucharest, Romania.
  • Light, D., 2015. Myth, Media and Place: Dracula and Transylvania in the British popular imagination. In: Beliefs and Cultures in Education and Culture 25-27 June 2015 Timisoara, Romania.
  • Chapman, A. and Light, D., 2014. Working with the carnivalesque in seaside resorts: An employee perspective. In: Seascapes: The Cultural Life of Seaside Towns’. COaST 2014 Conference 28 May 2014 Margate, UK.
  • Light, D. and Watson, S., 2013. The castle imagined: Emotion and affect in the experience of heritage. In: Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers annual conference 28-30 August 2013 London.
  • Chapman, A., Light, D. and Young, C., 2013. Employment, professionalism and opportunity: women's experience of tourism employment in Communist Romania. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 28-30 August 2013 London.
  • Young, C. and Light, D., 2012. Place (re)naming, power, resistance and indifference in post-socialist Bucharest. In: Trends in Toponymy 5 8-11 July 2012 Bern.
  • Light, D. and Young, C., 2011. The persistence of socialist-era street names in everyday life and practice in the post-socialist city. In: Cities after Transition, 4th Workshop: Space, Culture and Transition 13-17 September 2011 Bucharest.

Reports

Others

  • Light, D., 2017. Romania's problem with Dracula. History Today Ltd. Published.
  • Light, D., 2016. Review of 'Tourism, Performance and Place: A Geographic Perspective' by J.M. Rickley-Boyd, D.C. Kundsen, L.C. Braverman and M.M. Metro-Roland (Ashgate, 2014). Social and Cultural Geography, 17(3), 464-465. Routledge. Published.
  • Light, D., 2016. Review of 'Cultural heritage of the Great War in Britain' by Ross Wilson (Ashgate 2013). International Journal of Heritage Studies, 22(6), 495-496. Routledge. Published.
  • Light, D., 2016. Review of 'Thanatourism: Case Studies in Travel to the Dark Side', edited by T. Johnston and P.Mandelartz (Goodfellow, 2016). Tourism Management, 55, 287-288. Elsevier. Published.
  • Light, D., 2015. Review of 'Heritage that Hurts' by J.Sather-Wagstaff (Left Coast Press,2011). International Journal of Heritage Studies 21(3), 2015, 303-305. Routledge. Published.
  • Light, D., 2015. Review of 'Re-Imagining Heritage Interpretation: Enchanting the Past-Future' by R. Staiff (Ashgate, 2014). International Journal of Heritage Studies 21(2), 2015, pp 191-193. Routledge. Published.
  • Light, D., 2014. Review of 'Heritage and Tourism: Place, Encounter, Engagement' edited by R.Staiff, R.Bushell and S.Watson (Routledge, 2013). Routledge. Published.
  • Light, D., 2014. Review of 'The Tourist Potential of Coasts and Deltas: A Look at the Romanian Coastal Areas' by Gheorghe Romanescu (Parthenon Verlag, Kaisterslautern und Mehlingen, 2012),. Routledge. Published.
  • Light, D., 2014. Review of 'Heritage Tourism' by H.y. Park (Routledge, 2014). Routledge. Published.

PhD Students

  • Zhijiu Wen (Intangible Cultural Heritage and Kunqu opera in China)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • I teach on 'Managing Visitor Attractions' (MSc Tourism Management). I also contribute sessions to various other Masters units and supervise Masters dissertations in Tourism Management

Profile of Teaching UG

  • I teach on a range of undergraduate course at all levels. At first year I contribute to ‘Introduction to Tourism’. At second year I contribute to ‘Tourist Experience and Behaviour'. In the final year I contribute to ‘Visitor Attraction Management’ and am unit leader for ‘Critical Issues in Tourism’. I also supervise dissertations in tourism management

External Responsibilities

  • University of Bedfordshire, External Examiner (2016-)
  • London School of Commerce, External Examiner (2014-2016)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University, External Examiner (2011-2016)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • The ‘In Certain Places’ (coordinated by the University of Central Lancashire and part-funded by the Arts Council) aims to pair artists with academics to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas and perspectives. I worked with Emily Speed, a Liverpool-based artist and our collaboration focused on the theme of public space in the city. We had an extensive email ‘conversation’ (lasting over 6 months) which shared different perspectives on the way that people in the city use public space, often in ways that subvert the attempts of the city authorities to create an orderly and ordered public space. The collaboration culminated in a public event – entitled “(Dis)ordering the City” at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Arts Centre on 5th October. We each gave a 20 minute presentation about our ways of approaching the subject, which was followed by a conversation and then a lively question and answer session with the audience (of about 40 people). The final stage of the collaboration will be a joint publication, due out in 2017.
  • "Introducing heritage interpretation". Introductory presentation at "Who's telling the stories" (workshop on the interpretation of cemeteries for cemetery managers and Friends' groups) (15 May 2015)
  • "Is there such a thing as dark tourism?". Guest lecture to staff and students at Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, Romania (18 April 2016)
  • "Romania's dilemma with Dracula". Guest lecture to staff and students at Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, Romania (14 April 2016)
  • "Romania's dilemma with Dracula". Presentation within the "Europe's Backyard" session (which I also chaired) at the Ankur Arts Festival (Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, December 2013).
  • "Dracula, Transylvania and Vampires: Myths and Realities", interactive lecture presented at Bournemouth University Festival of Learning, July 2015

Qualifications

  • PhD in Heritage Interpretation (Swansea University, 1991)
  • BSc (Hons) in Geographical Sciences (Plymouth Polytechnic (CNAA), 1986)

Memberships

  • Association for Heritage Interpretation, Member (1986-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2015-),
  • Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Fellow (1986-),
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