PhD defense Leonieke Bolderman

Start date

Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 09:30

End date

Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 11:30

Erasmus building
Campus Woudestein
Portrait Leonieke Bolderman (Square)

Music tourism is an increasingly popular practice – just think about the amount of people visiting The Beatles’ Liverpool, or Elvis’ Graceland. But what are these people looking for? How can music lead to tourism, and what makes this activity meaningful to those concerned? On 22 March 2018Leonieke Bolderman will defend her dissertation ‘Musical topophilia. A critical analysis of contemporary music tourism’, in which she answers these questions.


Based on interviews with tourists and participant observation of seven examples of music tourism across Europe, the dissertation captures the complex and often quite abstract ways music, place and tourism are connected in practice, showing how and why music literally moves people.

The defence will take place on 22 March, 9:30-11:30 in the Senaatszaal, Erasmus building, Campus Woudestein. Her promotors are Prof. dr. Stijn Reijnders and Prof. dr. Susanne Janssen.