(Debora) D Ribeiro Povoa

PhD Candidate Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Arts & Culture Studies
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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Débora Póvoa is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Her PhD research is part of the ERC-funded project ‘Worlds of Imagination’. Her subproject analyses the phenomenon of film tourism in Brazil. Under the supervision of Prof. Stijn Reijnders, her goal is to understand in which ways media products can induce new tourism flows, and how the relationship between cinema and tourism is reflected on discursive, institutional and experiential levels.  

Débora’s current project builds up on her previous work on film and tourism. In her Master’s thesis, she examined and problematised the growth of slum tourism in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, and how this activity, intertwining with visual discourses propagated worldwide about such localities, is inserted in a more overarching trend of favela consumption. With this thesis, she received a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Débora also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research interests include film tourism, media representation, and the relationships between media, power and place.

        • D. Póvoa (2020). Hollywood in the making? Experiencing cinema and tourism in a small town of Brazil. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference: Online (2020, juli 12 - 2020, juli 17).
        • D. Póvoa (2019). Panellist: The Telenovela Effect: Challenges of location filming in the Brazilian favelas. International Communication Association (ICA) Conference 2019: Washington, D.C. (2019, mei 24 - 2019, mei 28).
        • D. Póvoa (2018). Panellist: Tropical ghetto, dangerous paradise? Experiencing Brazil in media (and) tourism. Conference ETMAAL 2018: Ghent (2018, februari 8 - 2018, februari 9).
        • D. Póvoa (2018). Panellist: We love the favela: Favela consumption through telenovela tourism in Brazil. 8th International Tourism and Media (ITAM) Conference: University of Liverpool (2018, juli 5 - 2018, juli 7).
        • D. Póvoa (2018). “I love the favela”: Telenovela tourism in the Brazilian favelas. Symposium Visualising Spatial Injustice and Exploitation: Kent University (2018, juni 8 - 2018, juni 8).
        • D. Póvoa (2017). Panellist: Tropical ghetto, dangerous paradise? Experiencing Brazil in film (and) tourism. Conference Locating Imagination: Erasmus University Rotterdam (2017, april 4 - 2017, april 6).
        • D. Póvoa (2017). Panellist: The Commodification of Poverty: Favela Tourism and Visual Culture in Rio de Janeiro. International Conference Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement: University of Amsterdam (2017, oktober 26 - 2017, oktober 27).
        • D. Póvoa (2019). Produções audiovisuais e comunidades locais: Práticas, desafios e impactos. Festival de Cinema de Alter do Chão: Pará, Brazil (2019, oktober 21 - 2019, oktober 27).
  • Bachelor Graduation Project

    Bachelor Graduation Project
    Year level
    Pre-master, Pre-master, BA-3, Pre-master

    Arts, Culture and Media

    Arts, Culture and Media
    Year level
    BA-1, BA-1
  • PhD Candidate

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
    Department of Arts & Culture Studies
    The Netherlands


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam