Conference: Media Tourism and Media Rituals (17-18 Oct 2013)

International conference on Media Tourism and Media Rituals

The international conference “Locating Imagination: Media, Tourism, Rituals” will take place on the 17th and 18th of October 2013.

Date: 17-18 October 2013
Time: 17 October: 13:00 – 17:30; 18 October 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Hotel New York, Rotterdam
Free of charge
Open to: everyone; PhD researchers and Research Master students who would like to obtain credits need to be a member of RMeS
Credits: 1 ECTS

The theme of this conference is media tourism, the phenomenon of people travelling to places they associate with specific films, novels, songs or other media products. In addition, research will be presented on the related themes of media rituals and dark tourism. The conference is hosted by the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam,  the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Netherlands Research School for Media Studies (RMeS). The lectures and discussions will take place at Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Interested scholars and students are invited to join our inspiring keynotes delivered by Matt Hills on fan pilgrimages, Sue Beeton on the state-of-the-art in film tourism research, and Nicola Watson on the history of literary tourism. In addition, five PhD students will present their latest research results. Their work will be critically reviewed by Johanna Sumiala, Susanne Janssen, Hilde van den Bulck and Anne Marit Waade who will spark the discussion. Below you can find a short introduction on each of the aforementioned scholars.

The programme is as follows:

DAY 1 – Thursday 17th of October, afternoon-sessions (from 13.00-17.30) with two keynotes and  presentations on recently conducted research in the field of media tourism followed by a discussion. After these sessions you are welcome to join us for a social drink-or-two!

DAY 2 – Friday 18th of October, morning-sessions (from 09.00-12.30) with a keynote, followed by presentations on recent research in the fields of dark tourism and contemporary media rituals.

If you are interested and looking forward to being part of this event, you can sign up and/or ask for more details by sending an email to: Participation is free of cost, but registration is required. Deadline for registration is October 1st 2013, and taking into account that we have a maximum total amount of guests, requests will be honoured on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please note that this event is part of the RMeS educational curriculum. Active participation during the entire conference is required to earn 1 ECTS. If you want to participate for credits, please register with RMeS as well (in addition to registering for the actual conference), by means of this form.

Personalia of key notes & advisors

DR. MATT HILLS is Professor of Film and Television Studies and Leader of the Film & Television Research Group at Aberystwyth University in Wales. He is the author of, among others, Fan Cultures (2002), The Pleasures of Horror (2005), and Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century (2010), and is recognized as one of the leading scholars on cult media texts, fans, and their relations.

DR. SUE BEETON is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law at La Trobe Business School in Melbourne, Australia. She is one of the leading researchers in the field of film-related tourism, having written the book Film-Induced Tourism (2005), published articles, and edited journals on the topic. Additionally, she has published on a range of other tourism-related issues, such as rural tourism and tourism and community development.

DR. NICOLA WATSON is a Professor in the English Department at the Open University in the United Kingdom. Her focus is on the romantic period in English literature, with a particular focus on transformation and adaptation of literary texts. She is the author of, among other books, The Literary Tourist: Readers & Places in Romantic and Victorian Britain (2006) and is currently expanding that research to literary tourism in the USA.

DR. NICK COULDRY is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is one of the most highly-regarded media scholars worldwide and is the author or editor of ten books, including The Place of Media Power: Pilgrims and Witnesses of the Media Age (2000), Media Rituals: A Critical Approach (2003), and Media Society World (2012). His research is wide-ranging, including work on media practices, media rituals, and media and democracy.

DR. SUSANNE JANSSEN is Professor of Sociology of Media and Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research activities lie in the fields of cultural sociology, media and communications research, and the sociology of the arts and literature. In 2003, she received the prestigious VICI grant for the research project Cultural Classification Systems in Transition, a large-scale, longitudinal and cross-national study into the social valuation of cultural products in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. Since September 2010, she serves as director of an international collaborative research project on Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity (POPID).

DR. HILDE VAN DEN BULCK is Professor of Communication Studies and head of the Research Group Media, Policy and Culture at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Hilde has complementary expertise in media structures and processes, and in media culture. In the first area she is specialized in broadcast structures, political economy and policies. In the latter area she is specialized in the role of media and celebrities in culture and society in general, and in collective identities in particular. In these areas she obtained several research grants and has published in ranked, academic journals as well as in books.

DR. ANNE MARIT WAADE is Associate Professor at the Department of Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research falls within the areas of media aesthetics, visual culture, mediated tourism and branding culture. She has recently published articles on crime fiction series, crime tourism and travel series, she has co-published the book Medier og turisme/Media and Tourism with Jakob Linaa Jensen (2009), and co-edited two books, Re-Investing Authenticity (2010) and Den Skandinaviske krimi: Bestseller og blockbuster. Her book Wallanderland will be published in 2013.