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Locating Imagination in Popular Culture
Place, Tourism and Belonging

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ISBN 9780367492625
November 12, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Locating Imagination in Popular Culture offers a multi-disciplinary account of the ways in which popular culture, tourism and notions of place intertwine in an environment characterized by ongoing processes of globalization, digitization and an increasingly ubiquitous nature of multi-media.

Centred around the concept of imagination, the authors demonstrate how popular culture and media are becoming increasingly important in the ways in which places and localities are imagined, and how they also subsequently stimulate a desire to visit the actual places in which people’s favourite stories are set. With examples drawn from around the globe, the book offers a unique study of the role of narratives conveyed through media in stimulating and reflecting desire in tourism.

This book will have appeal in a wide variety of academic disciplines, ranging from media and cultural studies to fan- and tourism studies, cultural geography, literary studies and cultural sociology.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION – Locating Imagination in Popular Culture: Place, Tourism & Belonging.

Stijn Reijnders, Abby Waysdorf, Leonieke Bolderman, Nicky van Es


1. Imaginative heritage. Towards a holistic perspective on media, tourism and governance

Stijn Reijnders

2.Ruins, (post-)tourism and social media: Towards a phenomenology of imaginative authenticity

André Jansson

3. No Place Like Birmingham?

David Morley

4. I just can’t get you out of my head. Expanding the imagination through music

Leonieke Bolderman 

5. Spaces, life and affectivities in stirring imagination

David Crouch


6. Screening the West Coast: developing ‘New Nordic noir’ tourism in Denmark

Anne Marit Waade

7. Flying down to a cosmopolitan-tropical paradise

Bianca Freire-Medeiros

8. Let’s meet Oshin and Amachan! Japanese morning drama series and tourism in the analogue and digital age Elisabeth Scherer

9. Travelogues of the Videogame Tourist

Bobby Schweizer

10. Locating the literary imagination. Broadening the scope of literary tourism

Nicky van Es  


11. Toy mobility in the ludic age: From travel bugs to toy tourism and characters with wanderlust

Katriina Heljakka

12. On (be)longing: ‘Der Bergdoktor’ phenomenon on the cultural periphery

Andreja Trdina and Maja Turnsek

13. Being there: mediation and place within media event-spheres

Esther Hammelburg

14. Fans and Fams:"Experience and Belonging aboard a Cruise Ship Music Festival

David Cashman


15. Strange Spaces of Mediated Memory: The Complicating Influence of Roots on Heritage Tourism in The Gambia, West Africa

Jason Grek-Martin

16. How stories relate to places? Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence as narrative tourism

Marie-Laure Ryan

17. Placing Fandom: Reflections on Film Tourism

Abby Waysdorf

18. The National Theatre, London, as an Architectural Icon and Location for Fan Repertoires of ‘Mnemonic Imagination’

Matt Hills








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Nicky van Es MSc is currently a lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Next to teaching within the International Bachelor of Arts & Culture Studies, he co-founded the MA programme Place, Culture & Tourism (2018). In addition, he is working towards finalizing his dissertation (exp. 2020) on literary tourism as part of the Locating Imagination project, funded by the Dutch Science Foundation. Amongst his published research articles are "Chasing Sleuths" (Annals of Tourism Research, 2016) and "Capital Crime Cities" (European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2016), several book chapters and he is the main editor of the upcoming edited volume "Locating Imagination in Popular Culture" (Routledge, exp. 2020).   

Stijn Reijnders PhD 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. Currently he leads two large, international research projects: Worlds of Imagination, funded by the European Research Council, and Locating Imagination funded by the Dutch Science Foundation. He has published many research papers and has co-edited "The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures" (2014), "Film Tourism in Asia: Evolution, Transformation and Trajectory" (2017) and "Locating Imagination: Place, Tourism and Belonging in Popular Culture" (exp. 2020).  

Leonieke Bolderman PhD is Assistant Professor Cultural Geography and Tourism Geography and Planning at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research concerns the role and meaning of music heritage and tourism in urban and regional development, on which she has published in various journals and edited volumes. 

Abby Waysdorf PhD is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the CADEAH project, researching how individuals and groups reappropriate and recirculate audiovisual heritage materials. She did a research master at Utrecht University in Media and Performance Studies, with a specialty in sport media and fandom, and her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where her dissertation, Placing Fandom, focused on film tourism and fan use of place. Her general research interests are audience practices and uses of media, fandom, the television industry, and how all of these things intersect.