Stijn Reijnders is Full Professor of Cultural Heritage, in particular in relation to Tourism and Popular Culture at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on the intersection of media, culture and tourism. He has published many research papers, two monographs and three edited volumes on the topic. He currently leads two large international research projects: 'Locating Imagination', funded by the Dutch Science Foundation and 'Worlds of Imagination', funded by the European Research Council. Furthermore, he serves as Vice-Dean of Research of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), member of the Supervisory Board of Museum Rotterdam, and Chair of the Popular Communication Division of the Netherlands Flanders Communication Association (NEFCA).
Emiel Martens is Postdoc Researcher at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam. He 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 marked the first study of Jamaica’s early film history and its connections with the island's tourism and colonial history. His current research interests, publications and talks cover the fields of Postcolonial (Media) Studies, Popular Geopolitics, Migration and Diversity Studies, Creative Industries, Film (and) Tourism, with a particular focus on the history, theory and praxis of the Caribbean film and visual culture.
Débora Póvoa is a PhD candidate and Lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She graduated in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and has joined the ERC-funded project “Worlds of Imagination,” where she is carrying out a PhD project on the sustainability of film tourism in socially and economically vulnerable areas of Brazil. Her research focuses on the relationships between media, power and place. She is also a board member of the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) and film review editor of the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS).
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.
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.
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’ supervised by Prof. Stijn Reijnders. Her subproject analyses the phenomenon of film tourism arising from popular Hindi cinema.