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Esther Hammelburg is an expert on live experiences in hybrid events. In December she will defend her dissertation at the UvA entitled Being There Live: How Liveness is Realized Through Media Use at Contemporary Cultural Events. From her extensive fieldwork — speaking to 379 people and gathering large datasets from social media platforms — she shows how media use shapes the way we experience ‘being there live.’ Her book shows how physical and mediated environments are entwined in live event experiences. Esther is also a senior lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.