Marlie Centawer: Cultural Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Kip Pegley
Research Topic:The Beatles, Graffiti, and Visual Culture
Overview of research: My research focuses on the ways in which fans of The Beatles connect emotions to spaces and places intertwined with the cultural history and legacy of the group. As a result of ‘Beatlemania’ and the global impact of their music and career, certain places connected to The Beatles have been transformed into public memorials, tributes, and shrines (Kruse 2003). The re-envisioning of landmark ‘Beatle’ sites is nowhere more apparent than in cities connected to major milestones in their career, including their hometown of Liverpool, London, Hamburg, Germany and Rishikesh, India. This program of research looks to explore the ways in which these places have become intertwined with visual practices of fandom, emotion (using the concept of emotional geographies as a theoretical lens), popular music history and tourism (Brocken 2015).