FAN TOURISM / CINEPHILE PILGRIMAGE IN THAILAND & SEA
Exploring Cultural and Aesthetic Dimensions in Transnational Film Fan Tourism
FAN TOURISM / CINEPHILE PILGRIMAGE THAILAND
At a Glance
Film based tourism has key economic, social and cultural implications, not only for the nations involved but also for those nations
(such as UK, USA), whose citizens engage in both online and offline exploration of the real-life spaces of their film-fandoms. Developing and extending an on-going project supported by Thailand Research Fund - TRF, which highlights the importance of online participatory culture to fan visitors to Thailand, this project allows Thailand and UK based partners to work in collaboration to explore the wider debates related to SEA film trails.
Principal investigator: Dr. Wikanda Promkhuntong
(Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand)
Co-investigator: Professor Kate Taylor-Jones
(School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University, UK)
The Thailand Research Fund part of the project explores stories told by film fans who visited film locations in Thailand on sites including Pantip.com, Tripadvisor, Instagram and YouTube. The intention is to explore aesthetics and socio-cultural implications from fan tourism through the point of view of film fans, which would expand the subject on fan tourism beyond the destination marketing discourse. As part of the project, the investigator also interviews business owners on their views towards fan tourism.
The Newton funded part of the project (titled: Fan Tourism and the Southeast Asian Film Trails: Archive and Participatory Cultures within and beyond Colonial Nostalgia – promoting sustainable fan tourism to boost Thailand’s socio-economic development) explores three key areas of fan tourism in Southeast Asia: archive, colonial nostalgia and border-crossing. These areas are investigated through creative exchanges, academic seminars and workshop and training.