To what extent do the mediated representations of a place align with the image that destination marketing institutions aim to disseminate? What is the role of the Film Commissions in the media tourism phenomenon? And, do the locals support this type of tourism in an already touristic place? These and other related questions will be explored in the context of Spain, one of the world’s top tourism destinations and a country which hosts one of the most active European audiovisual industries.

Who will be a part of this conversation? A group of researchers from tourism, geography and media studies: Víctor Aertsen, Concepción Cascajosa, Andreu Fullana, Agustín Gámir, Carlos Manuel, Eugeni Osácar, María C. Puche-Ruiz and myself.

When will this conversation take place? On Friday, April 9th at 13.45 CET.

Where? In the online conference Worlds of Imagination.

Are you interested in attending? You can still order a ticket!

A sincere note of gratitude to citizens who engage in academic research, even during the pandemic

Before 2020 ends, I want to express my most sincere gratitude to all citizens who engage in academic research, even during the pandemic! Because without your time, your contribution, and your energy many people like me could not conduct the research projects we design and are excited about.

This year, I want to say a special thank you to the more than 400 people who are living in Sevilla and who have participated (or are still participating) in the different activities that I am organising as a part of my Marie Curie project. To them I want to say: many many thanks for your positive energy and wonderful willingness. I am learning so much from/with you and this is exactly one of the things that make me happy about my work.* 

* Muchas, muchas gracias por vuestra energía positiva y fantástica disposición. Estoy aprendiendo un montón de y con vosotras/os, y esta es exactamente una de las cosas de mi trabajo que me hacen feliz.

PhD Position: Media tourism in China

Note: This post has been updated. New information, in blue.

New PhD position in the project “Media tourism in China: A local perspective”. The application is now open for a Chinese student who wishes to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).  

If you are interested in this position, please send the following to by February 7st, 2021

  • your CV, 
  • a motivation letter (max. 2 pages), and 
  • an academic text written by you in English (for example, a conference or journal article that you have written or are writing, an academic report). 

Selected candidates will be invited for an online interview. If you are invited for the interviews, you will have to present your research proposal. A written version of the proposal will need to be formally submitted to the CSC before March 5th, 2021.

For more information on the CSC Scholarship Program at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the requirements (e.g. English certificate), click here and here.

For more information on the project “Media tourism in China: A local perspective”, click on “Download” below.

What subjective and objective data can (and cannot) tell us about binge-watching

On October 30th, I am discussing the potential and limitations of using objective and subjective data when analyzing binge-watching (i.e. the consumption of multiple episodes in a row).

This talk is a part of the online symposium “Binge-watching: Motives, Experiences, and Effects on Sleep” organized by the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. For more information (e.g. program, registration), check the event’s website.

Screenshot taken by A. Ort.