Mr Alexis Thouki
BA (Hons.) MA
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Sheffield University Management School
Alexis examines the phenomenon of heritagization of religious sites (the process in which pre-existing sites with alternative uses and values, acquire new functions and are venerated for different values) through the lens of Critical Realism. The primary focus of his research is a critical reflection of the production and consumption of ecclesiastical heritage, looking at how competing discourses and processes legitimise certain practices as opposed to others. The study explores the political, social, and cultural impact of international cultural tourism and world heritage designation on the management and interpretation of religious sites in Cyprus. However, he is equally interested in exploring how religious tourists define and practice what they understand as religious heritage and how they formulate responses towards the sociocultural change taking place at religious destinations.
Bachelor in Archaeology and History of Art (Aristotle University Greece) and Masters in Heritage Studies (Newcastle University UK)
- Research interests
Alexis is interested in contributing widely in the museum and heritage modules with a growing interest in qualitative research, social science, and the application of Critical Realist epistemology in heritage studies. His work seeks to connect theoretical debates with practical concerns.
Research interests include:
- Critical Heritage Studies
- Management and Interpretation of Cultural Heritage
- Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage
- Archaeology and museums
- World Heritage
- History and philosophy of conservation
- Qualitative Research
- Critical Realism
- Heritagization of religious sites: in search of visitor agency and the dialectics underlying heritage planning assemblages. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 28(9), 1036-1065. View this article in WRRO
- The role of ontology in religious tourism education — exploring the application of the postmodern cultural paradigm in European religious sites. Religions, 10(12). View this article in WRRO
Conference proceedings papers
- Exploring the Application of Critical Realism in Empirical Research of Religious Tourism and Heritagization of Religious Sites.. Cultural, Culinary and Literary Travel: Celebrating Global Texts, Local Tastes, and London Textures (pp 184-214). London, 14 June 2020 - 14 June 2021.
- Interpretation of sacred sites: Methodological challenges in balancing materiality and spirituality. Heritage 2018, Vol. 2 (pp 2093-2102). Granada, 12 June 2018 - 15 June 2018.
- Professional activities