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Truth-Telling the Dark Tourism of Australian Teacher Education

  • Mat JakobiEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)

Abstract

Dark tourism has emerged from places that give testimony to the human capacity to eliminate political and cultural difference through genocide. Often within a truth and reconciliation framework, such places allow participants to walk through history and serve to give hope that these pogroms will never happen again (but of course they do). This chapter draws from my experience of visiting such places and as an Aboriginal teacher educator tour guide, truth-telling the realities of colonialism in contemporary Australian teacher education. It explores current challenges in designing and teaching ‘truth telling’ dark tours from Aboriginal standpoints within teacher education where, increasingly, the pre-paid ‘student experience’ dictates curriculum and pedagogical destinations and triggers institutional surveillance, demanding that the tour guide be less provocative, and more performative.

Keywords

Dark tourism Truth-telling Teacher education Settler colonialism Indigenising Decolonising Neoliberal surveillance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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