PhD defense Leonieke Bolderman
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 2018, Leonieke 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.