Research Seminar: Queensland’s Crocodile Entrepreneurs: Selling Encounters with Dangerous Beasts
Where: At James Cook University
Room 007, Building 301 - School of Creative Arts Visual Media, Townsville Campus
Room 111, Building E2 - Sir Robert Norman Building, Cairns Campus
Townsville: 301.007 Cairns: E002-111
Presentations and discussion to be followed by drinks & nibbles in Townsville and Cairns.
Crocodile hunting is an alluring form of violence: it involves dangerous beasts, dramatic wilderness settings, and opportunities to enact glamorous gender roles. After WWII, during tropical Australia's crocodile hunting bubble, a range of hunters extended their activities from skin production to tourism ventures. At first, violent encounters with crocodiles were sold to tourists in the form of safari hunting, later crocodile tourism diversified. This paper examines the way in which violence to and by crocodiles became a significant aspect of tourism in northern Australia.
Crocodile hunting in Australia was completely outlawed in 1974, but crocodile tourism remains big business. The violence and danger associated with these beasts remains a key selling point for numerous tourism ventures which exploit the allure held by charismatic megafauna and embrace the mystique of the 'man-eater'.