Music literally moves people.​​​​​

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.

  • About Leonieke Boldermand
    Leonieke Bolderman is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam and is member of the PhD council of the Graduate School.

    Her PhD research into Music Tourism is part of the NWO funded project Locating Imagination. An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism. Visit the project website for more information.

    Leonieke studied at the University of Groningen, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Arts, Culture and Media specializing in the analysis and criticism of literature and music. In 2009 she received her Research Master’s degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, with a specialization in literary theory and musicology.

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