Research Concept

Nowadays, the practice of travel and its representations are medialised in multiple and often new ways. This graduate research group investigates practices and experiences of travel in the twenty-first century and the extent to which they are interdependent with current forms of media representation. The group has an interdisciplinary approach. Conceptually, it revolves around the triad of practice, experience and media, and thus proposes a new approach to both travel and its representation. A special feature of the graduate research group is its collaboration with partners in a number of professional fields.

The connection between travel and its representation plays an important role in the tourism industry, in culture management, in the media and in literature. Our topic is suited to an interdisciplinary doctoral programme that combines academic and practical modules.

For many, travelling is now a practice of everyday life, and it has considerable social, (trans)cultural and economic relevance. The possibilities for making one’s own travel experiences are continuously changing. Due largely to technological developments, the possibilities for travel, and the distance that one is able to travel, are continually expanding, in terms of geography as well as through technological developments. At the same time, reports about other people’s travel activities are circulated with increasing intensity and speed: new, online representations allow many to share their experiences and points of view in multimodal forms. The book as a traditional, text and sometimes image based medium has been joined by newer multi- and trans-media forms: television, newspaper and magazine reports, various social media formats and, above all, blogs, as well as apps that can pre-configure its users’ travel experiences. The new media forms keep the reporting on travel alive and open it up to new audiences, as well as transforming the practice and representation of travel.