Nicky van Es: Locating Imagination. An Interdisciplinairy Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism

Nicky van Es | Erasmus University Rotterdam Faculty & Department: Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC); Arts & Culture Department | Supervisor: dr. Stijn Reijnders  | 01 February 2013 – 1 February 17 | vanes[at]eshcc[dot]eur[dot]nl

Description research topic: Within the broader “Locating Imagination”-project, I particularly study the phenomenon of literary tourism – the phenomenon of people visiting places associated with popular works of fiction and/or their authors. In mainly addopting an ethnographical approach towards studying contemporary manifestations of literary tourism, the underlying aims of this project are to gain further insights on the diverse range of motivations, experiences and meanings attached to this practice by tourists themselves. Overall, the project is aimed towards providing an explanation for the increasing popularity of this phenomenon through stressing the importance of both reading and writing literature in the experience of place in a postmodern context. For using a picture, I assume you can use the one displayed on my homepage of my university (, though I am not entirely sure to what extent this picture is free of copyrights. Should you require any additional information or have any further questions, please do not hesistate to let me know as well!