Here you can find a cumulative list of the publications resulting from our project. Most are in open access.

Reijnders, S. (exp. 2024). Worlds of Imagination. A global perspective on media, tourism, power. Routledge.



Schiavone, R., Reijnders S., Brandellero, A. (under review, exp. 2024). “This is how I pictured it”: Film industry personnel’s motivation and reflections on production choices in the creating of Scottish cinematic landscapes.



Póvoa, D. (2023). ‘The festival is ours’: Power dynamics of community participation in the Alter do Chão Film Festival. International Journal of Cultural Studies26(2), 200-215.



Castro, D., Kim, S., & Assaker, G. (2023). An empirical examination of the antecedents of residents’ support for future film tourism development. Tourism Management Perspectives, 45.



Martens, E. (2023). The Failing Promise of the Audio-visual Industries for National Development: The History of Seventy Years of Film Policy in Jamaica, 1948–2018. Creative Industries Journal, 1-28.



Schiavone, R., Reijnders, S., & Brandellero, A. (2022). ‘Beneath the storyline’: analysing the role and importance of film in the preservation and development of Scottish heritage sites. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 28(10), 1107-1120.



Castro, D. (2022). Beyond the Giralda: Residents’ interpretations of the Seville portrayed in fictional movies and TV series. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 26(4), 510-527. 



Reijnders, S. & van Es, N. (2022). Unravelling imaginative heritage. Understanding a city through its crime fiction. Tourism & heritage journal 4: 92-110.



Nanjangud, A and Reijnders, S. (2022). Experiencing Screenscapes: An analysis of the emerging Bollywood filmi-song tourism in Iceland. Tourist Studies,



Reijnders, S., Boross, B., Balan, V. (2022). Beyond the tourist experience. Analyzing the imagination of place and travel in everyday life. Tourism, Culture & Communication, 22, 31-44.



Póvoa, D., Reijnders, S., & Martens, E. (2021). A Brazilian Hollywood in the making? Film, tourism and creative city discourse in the hinterland of Paraíba. International Journal of Cultural Studies24(5), 691-706.



Van Es, N., Bolderman, L., Waysdorf, A. & Reijnders, S. (Eds.) (2021). Locating Imagination in Popular Culture. Belonging, media, tourism. Routledge.


Martens, E. (2021). The 1930s Horror Adventure Film on Location in Jamaica: ‘Jungle Gods’, ‘Voodoo Drums’ and ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ in the ‘Secret Places of Paradise Island’. Humanities, 10(62), 1-26.



Nanjangud, A and Reijnders, S. (2021) ‘I felt more homely over there … ’: analysing tourists’ experience of Indianness at Bollywood Parks Dubai. Current Issues in Tourism, 



Nanjangud, A. (2021) Navigating the film-industry: Interview with Mr. Natarajan Ramji, Chairman and Managing Director, Travel Master’s India on what it means to be a location scout in India. South Asian Popular Culture, 19(2), 233-246.



Nanjangud, A. (2020): Doing As Directed: Analyzing representations of travel in contemporary Bollywood cinema. Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism, Eds. Månsson, M; Cassinger C., Eskilsson, L. & Buchmann, A. Routledge.



Nanjangud, A. and Reijnders, S. (2020) ‘Cinematic itineraries and identities: Studying Bollywood tourism among the Hindustanis in the Netherlands’. European Journal of Cultural Studies.


Martens, E. (2020). A Daughter of the Gods (1916): Film, Tourism and Empire on Location in Jamaica. Special Issue on ‘Localities: Comparative Histories of Cinema Audiences’. Journal for Media History, 23(1-2), 1-40.

Martens, E. (2020). From The Harder They Come to Yardie: The Ghetto-Reggae Aesthetics of the Jamaican Urban Crime Film. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 20(1), 71-92.



Schiavone, R., & Reijnders, S. (2020). Fusing fact and fiction: Placemaking through film tours in Edinburgh. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 1-17.



Schiavone, R., Reijnders, S., & Balazs, B. (2019). Losing an imagined friend: Fictional character bereavement in everyday life. Participations, Journal of Audience and Reception Studies (online), 16(2), 118-134



Póvoa, D., Reijnders, S., & Martens, E. (2019). The telenovela effect: Challenges of location filming and telenovela tourism in the Brazilian favelas. Journal of Popular Culture52(6), 1536-1556.



Nanjangud, A. (2019). Bollywood Tourism in Japan, Current challenges, Potential Directions. International Journal of Contents Tourism, 4, 1-11.



Martens, E. (2018). The History of Film and Tourism in Jamaica. In: A. Bandau, A.  Brüske & N. Ueckmann (ed). Reshaping (G)local Dynamics of the Caribbean. (pp. 193-216). Heidelberg University Publishing



Martens, E., & Póvoa, D. (2017). How to get away with colour: Colour-blindness and the myth of a postracial America in American television series. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 13, 117-134.



Póvoa, D. (2017). From the shadow to the map: Visualizing Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. ERLACS, 103, 167-174.



Reijnders, S. (2016). Stories that move. Fiction, imagination, tourism. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(6), 672-689.



Reijnders, S., Bolderman, L., van Es, N. & Waysdorf, A. (2015). Research note: locating imagination. Tourism Analysis, 20(3), 333-341.



Worlds of Imagination:

Global Perspectives on Media, Tourism and Culture

Expected release: late 2023, early 2024

Download the cfp here

(the call for papers is closed)


In the wake of our successful international conference on media, place and tourism held at Erasmus University Rotterdam (7-9 of April 2021), we gained interest of a reputable publisher, Routledge, to prepare an edited volume on the topic entitled Worlds of Imagination: Global Perspectives on Media, Tourism and Culture. We are currently at the stage of editing the chapters of the edited volume and expect to be ablew to publish the book by late 2023, early 2024.


In today’s globalized, transnational, and digitalized media environment, popular culture plays a significant role in the establishment and (re)negotiation of place identities and the ways in which people relate to physical locations. Traveling to film locations, participating in fan re-enactments, or visiting theme parks are some of the varied and multifaceted ways in which the ties between people’s worlds of imagination and the real worlds they inhabit are made tangible through place. In recent years an increasing number of studies from a range of different disciplines investigating the phenomenon of media tourism have appeared. But despite the large number of empirical studies, most have been limited to isolated, Western examples. To move this field of research to the next level, a more interdisciplinary, comparative, and cross-case approach is essential.


The aim of this edited volume is to deliver a significant contribution to the study of media tourism and to provide a unique platform uniting a plurality of voices from different disciplines and continents. We seek to bring together scholars across disciplines, such as media studies, cultural studies, cultural geography, fan studies, tourism studies, and development studies.


We invited papers that address all themes around media, place, and tourism, including (but not limited to):


  • Global perspectives on media tourism
  • Popular culture, heritage and belonging
  • Film (and) tourism policies in the Global South
  • Impacts of filmmaking and related tourism on locations and communities
  • Media tourism and questions of development
  • Imaginative geographies in a globalized world
  • Fan cultures among diasporas and other transnational communities
  • Transcultural perspectives on theme-parks
  • Critical issues in media tourism
  • The postcolonial politics of film locations and tourism
  • Media, tourism and sustainability


We welcomed proposals for theoretically informed chapters based on qualitative or quantitative empirical research of around 6.000 words. Abstracts of 300-400 words, in addition to a brief biography (max. 100 words), could be sent in until September 1, 2022.


Kind regards,

The Worlds of Imagination Editing Team:
Prof. dr. Stijn Reijnders, Dr. Emiel Martens, Dr. Deborah Castro, Dr. Apoorva Nanjangud, Dr. Debora Povoa, Rosa Schiavone, MSc