What motivates people to visit to a former war zone? Why do they go there and what do they hope to find? Siri talks about it in Studio Erasmus.
In December 2020, Siri Driessen defended her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Touching War. An Ethnographic Analysis of War Tourism in Europe’.
In her dissertation, she research four specific groups of ‘war tourists’: Dutch army members who undertake battlefield tours to sites associated with the First and Second World War; Dutch veterans who undertake return trips to their former area of deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, young Europeans who engage in volunteer work on former war sites during their summer holidays, and participants of the yearly peace march to Srebrenica. By means of in-depth interviews and ethnographic field work, she analyzed the motivations, experiences, and reflections of these four different groups of visitors.
Watch the interview with Studio Erasmus below.