Monthly Archives: April 2013



“Dark tourism” is a form of cultural tourism that focuses on the visit of death and devastation sites. After describing the scientific background of this concept and the many situations it covers, this research will try to study how dark tourism practices quickly developed in post-Katrina New Orleans. The point here is to analyze the multiple, and sometime conflicting, issues at stake through these practices. We will do so by observing the motivations and relations between the participants, producers, and witnesses of these “Katrina tours”.

These tours are part of a cultural capitalization on the disaster, but also highlight the political, social, and cultural issues regarding its interpretation and the discourses on the city recovery.

Economic necessities as well as the tourists’expectations vis-à-vis certain representations of New Orleans in the American psyche led to the creation of a selective memory of the disaster. This translates into an overrepresentation of some neighborhoods and, conversely, into a lack of visibility of other places whose needs do not appear in the public sphere.



Almost three years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, recovery is both incomplete and inconsistent. This paper is both a methodological reflection on relevant indicators and scales of observation for an analysis of recovery, and an initial summary of the dynamics of recovery. It discusses in particular how the “regime of uncertainty” created by the city and federal authorities’ plans and actions is hampering the recovery process. These “top-down” effects are then compared with “bottom-up” dynamics – the independent, participatory resilience of local communities, who have created their own “recovery capital”.

Julie Hernandez « The Long Way Home : une catastrophe qui se prolonge à La Nouvelle-Orléans, trois ans après le passage de l’ouragan Katrina », L’Espace géographique 2/2009 (Vol. 38), p. 124-138.

The father of New Orleans. By 1719, a sufficient number of huts and storage houses had been built that Bienville began moving supplies and troops from Mobile. Following disagreements with the chief engineer of the colony, Le Blond de la Tour, Bienville ordered an assistant engineer, Adrien de Pauger, to draw up plans for the new city in 1720. In 1721, Pauger drew up the eleven-by-seven block rectangle now known as the French Quarter or the Vieux Carre. After moving into his new home on the site of what is now the Custom House, Bienville named the new city "La Nouvelle-Orléans" in honor of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, the Prince Regent of France. New Orleans became the capital of French Louisiana by 1723, during Bienville's 3rd term. (source: wikipedia)