Bodies at Sea: 'Water' as Interface in Viking Heritage Communication

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Abstract

There are numerous signs and markers at museums and heritage sites instructing bodies to ‘stop, look and listen’ (Ingold 2000:243). Screens to be watched, gadgets and touch sensitive switches to be activated, films to be gazed at in silent or interactive spectacles to participate in are but a few examples of the many artefacts and devices museums work through in order to involve and engage the bodies of visitors. Yet, this dense embodied choreography, this profound corporeality (Massumi 2014:56) of the museum/heritage encounter, has been strangely absent from current museology and heritage studies (Candlin 2004), reflecting a more profound ‘blind spot’ regarding bodies in social theory (Crossley 2006).
While tourism studies, following Veijola and Jokinen’s (1994) article on the absence of bodies in tourist studies, have seen an upsurge in interest in theories and approaches relating to embodiment, these have to a large extent been reserved for particular ways of sensing and performing tourism. Hence, there is still a need to develop more systematically a repertoire of vocabularies and methods directed at the various ‘affective materialities’ (Anderson and Wylie 2009) at play in tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism and Embodiment
EditorsCatherine Palmer, Hazel Andrews
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2020
Chapter10
ISBN (Print)978-1-13857355-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-20370153-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesRoutledge Advances in Tourixm and Anthropology

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Haldrup, M. (2020). Bodies at Sea: 'Water' as Interface in Viking Heritage Communication. In C. Palmer, & H. Andrews (Eds.), Tourism and Embodiment Routledge. Routledge Advances in Tourixm and Anthropology