The Research Team

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Stijn Reijnders is Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Furthermore, he serves as member of the Executive Board of the Erasmus Research Center for Media, Communication and Culture, member of the Supervisory Board of Museum Rotterdam, and Chair of the Popular Communication Division of the Netherlands Flanders Communication Association.
His research focuses on the intersection of media, culture and tourism. Currently he supervises two large, international research projects and 11 PhD students.

Stijn Reijnders

Professor of Cultural Heritage
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Apoorva Nanjangud is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD research is part of the ERC-funded project ‘Worlds of Imagination’ headed and supervised by Prof. Stijn Reijnders. Interspersing the lines of Humanities and Social Sciences, her subproject analyses the phenomenon of film tourism in India. The preliminary goal of her PhD project is to unravel the complex interplay that affects tourism flows induced by popular Hindi cinema.

Apoorva Nanjangud

PhD candidate and Lecturer
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Débora Póvoa is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD research is part of the ERC-funded project ‘Worlds of Imagination’. Her subproject analyses the phenomenon of film tourism in Brazil. Under the supervision of Prof. Stijn Reijnders, her goal is to understand in which ways media products can induce new tourism flows, and how the relationship between cinema and tourism is reflected on discursive, institutional and experiential levels.

Débora Póvoa

PhD candidate and Lecturer
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Emiel Martens (1980) is a media lecturer, researcher and producer. Emiel graduated cum laude in both Media Studies and Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD in Media Studies from the same university. His dissertation, entitled ‘Welcome to Paradise Island: The Rise of Jamaica’s Cine-Tourist Image, 1891-1951’, marked the first study of Jamaica’s early film history and its connections with the island's early tourism history.

Emiel Martens

Media Lecturer, Researcher and Producer
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Henry Chow is PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. As part of the ERC funded ‘Worlds of Imagination’ project, his PhD research looks into the phenomenon of media tourism in South Korea under the supervision of Prof. Stijn Reijnders. Drawing on participant observation, interviews and respondent-produced material, he hopes to uncover how particular media products and institutional arrangements give rise to new tourism flows and experiences.

Henry Chow

PhD Candidate and Lecturer
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Rosa Schiavone is a doctoral researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD project is part of the “World of Imagination” project led by prof. Stijn Reijnders and examines film tourism in the UK. Her previous research focused on the role of fictional media narratives in everyday life.

Rosa Schiavone

Doctoral Researcher