Student Opportunity

The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture


Job description:
We are looking for three highly motivated PhD-candidates who consider it a challenge to conduct their PhD research in the context of a collaborative research project funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) on Locating Imagination. An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism. As a PhD-candidate of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC), you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with renowned academics with an international approach.

A master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences is a must, as well as a wide-ranging knowledge of and affinity for the sociology of media and culture and qualitative methods of social science research. In addition to an understanding of the latest developments in the field, the candidate must possess didactic skills and an affinity for working with students. Candidates who take a proven interest in the field of literature, film, popular music, and/or media tourism are preferred.

Project description Locating Imagination
The topic of this research project is media tourism, the phenomenon of people travelling to places because of an association with a film, television series, novel or other media product. Recently significant growth has been detected in this form of tourism, with far-reaching consequences for the locations concerned. Famous examples would be Lord of the Rings tours in New Zealand, Harry Potter locations in the UK, Dracula tours in  Romania, the popularity of Elvis’ grave in Graceland or The Da Vinci Code fans in Paris and London.

Media tourism has received a growing amount of attention from scholars in various academic disciplines. However, the existing knowledge about this phenomenon is still highly fragmented. This project aims to be the first in which interdisciplinary research will be conducted, involving an analysis and comparison of literary, cinematic and musical examples of media tourism. By investigating commonalities and differences, we intend to highlight how literature, film and music, each in their own way, stimulate the geographical imagination and literally ‘move’ their audiences. The research is based on a combination of qualitative content analysis, ethnographic fieldwork and other qualitative, experimental methods. For more information; see attachment.

Research duties (80%)

Teaching duties (20%)


Conditions of employment
Employment starts January 1, 2013. The initial contract will be running for a term of 1,5 years, which - depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2,5 years. The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). For the job of PhD-Candidate (Promovendus) the salary amounts to a maximum of € 2.612,- (grade P) gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract. The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek.

Contract type
Temporary, a term of 1,5 years, which - depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2,5 years

Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from dr. Stijn Reijnders (