Lecturer Deborah Castro obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for her project: "Living in the media. Analysing the Impact of Media Tourism on Locals’ Identities and Sense of Belonging". The research will take place under supervision of prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders.
Popular culture has, for a long time, influenced the way people experience the world and their decisions to travel. How do local communities deal with their representation in films and TV series? Does the resulting media tourism place an undue burden on the locals' lives? Focusing on the Spanish case, these are some of the questions that this research project aims to explore. The study will be carried out onsite in the unique cities of Barcelona and Sevilla which have been the stage for many popular films and TV series such as ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.
Deborah Castro is a lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam (September 2018 - present). She received her doctorate in Communication from Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2015. She moved to Portugal to carry out her postdoctoral research at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute. While there, she was also appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Madeira.
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 and two monographs entitled Holland op de Helling (2006) – recipient of the national NeSCoR dissertation award – and Places of the Imagination. Media, Tourism, Culture (2011). In addition, Reijnders has co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (2014) and Film Tourism in Asia: Evolution, Transformation and Trajectory (2017).