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Holiday! Tourism & travel in the 19th and 20th centuries


Admission requirements



Tourism and travel have become one of the largest industries on the planet. It was estimated that by 2012 international tourist arrivals surpassed 1 billion tourists worldwide.
In trying to understand where tourists went and what they did, scholars have recently focused on the role of intermediary actors. After all, tourists usually did not decide where to go on their own. Rather intermediary actors helped define ‘what ought to be seen’, and organize parts of the trip or complete package tours. Hotelliers, guidebook publishers, travel agents, transport companies and touring clubs all played their part, in their own right and in collaboration with state authorities, in creating the desire for travel and influencing the behavior of tourists.

In this seminar we will examine the role of various intermediaries in shaping tourism and travel based on a range of primary sources (archive materials, brochures, guidebooks, magazines, newspapers, travel diaries).

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of current and older academic debates.

  • Ability to do independent research.

  • Ability to present findings orally and in writing.


See here.

Mode of instruction

Research seminar.

Course Load

280 hours in total:

  • Writing paper: 90 hours.

  • Attendence: 36 hours.

  • Preparing for class/reading literature: 48 hours.

  • Preparing presentations: 16 hours.

  • Doing research: 90 hours.

Assessment method

Two presentations (20%) and the final paper (80%) (8000 words).

Additional requirement: both parts should be sufficient.


Blackboard will be used to present the reading list, and the timetable.

Reading list

Articles that can be downloaded from the university library. The list will be distributed at the first meeting.


via uSis.

Contact information

Email: Dr. F. Schipper.