Tourism in Contested Space

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Tourism is frequently described as the world's "peace industry" because of the sector's potential to bring people together. At the same time, empirical studies show that tourism's contribution to peace is mixed. To explore this question, this project focuses on the role of tourism in the highly contested Israeli-Palestinian context. The project is currently examining small-scale tourism ventures in the Bethlehem and Ramallah (Palestinian Territories). Previous work in this project has looked at similar small-scale ventures in the Israeli towns of Nazareth as well as Jisr az-Zarqa.

For more information, please contact Daniel Laven 


Selected publications (articles, books, book chapters):

  • Hammami F, Laven D (2017). Rethinking heritage from peace: Reflections from the Israeli-Palestinian context. In D Walters, D Laven, and P Davis (eds), Heritage and Peacebuilding (pp. 137-148). Boydell & Brewer.

  • Gelbman A, Laven D (2016). Re-envisioning community based heritage tourism in the old city of Nazareth. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 11:2, 105-125.

  • Stenvall A, Laven D, Gelbman A (2017). The influence of social entrepreneurship in tourism on an Arab village in Israel. In P Sheldon and R Daniele (eds), Social Entrepreneurship and Tourism: Tourism on the Verge (pp. 279-293). Springer.

  • Walters D, Laven D, Davis P (Eds.) (2017). Heritage and Peacebuilding. Boydell & Brewer.

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Laven D, Mattsson C. (2018). Auschwitz: Reflections on Dark Heritage and Our Landscapes of Tomorrow. Platsens Betydelser: Identitet, inkludering och kulturarv. Nordisk centrum för kulturarvspedagogik vårkonerfernsen. Jamtli Regional Museum, Östersund, Sweden.

  • Laven D, Shamma L. (2017). Dialogue through Heritage: Explorations from the Arts and Sciences on the Palestinian-Israeli Context. Svåra Samtal: Dialog genom kulturarv. Nordisk centrum för kulturarvspedagogik vårkonerfernsen. Jamtli Regional Museum, Östersund, Sweden. 

  • Gelbman A, Laven D. Alternative Social Tourism Development: A Case Study of a Small-scale Venture in Nazareth. Hospitality Now! Past, Present and Future: A two-day conference organized and hosted by The Research Group on Hospitality and Global Citizenship. Saxion University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Gulf University, University of Klagenfurt, Monash University, SciencesPo, and UNWTO.

  • Shepherd J, Laven D. (2018). Unearthing the Subjective Experience of Tourism in Contested Space: A Multi-voiced Autoethnography in Bethlehem. Atlas Annual Conference: Destination Dynamics: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Shepherd J, Laven D, Wall Reinius S. (2018). Exploring Tourism in Contested Space: Perspectives from an Alternative Venture in the Israeli-Palestinian Context. Israeli Tourism Researchers Forum. Kinnert Academic College in the Sea of Galilee, Israel