Leonieke Bolderman, MA

PhD Candidate

Biographical Note

Leonieke Bolderman is a PhD-candidate and lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD research is part of the NWO-funded project Locating Imagination: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism, which started in February 2013. The aim of this project is to explore why and under what circumstances popular media products give rise to new tourism flows, and which variations can be found based on the specific characteristics of the medium involved. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Stijn Reijnders, Leonieke focuses on the role and meaning of music tourism in contemporary culture. More information on this project can be found at www.locatingimagination.com

Leonieke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Culture and Media and a Research Master’s Degree in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Groningen, with a specialization in literary theory and musicology. In her master thesis she problematized the dichotomy between the theoretical concepts of engagement and autonomy in the arts through a case study on the reception history of the Fifth symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich. From May 2010 until November 2012 she worked as a press officer for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her research interests include the relation between music, imagination and place; intermediality; narrative theory and semiotics.