Updated blog

Our blog is updated – we edited the research group’s self-description and added the section “literature” where you can browse relevant publications addressing various aspects of new urban tourism.
Have fun going through new and modified sections!

New edited volume: Tourism and Everyday Life in the Contemporary City

For several years, urban research has been pointing out the tense relationship between urban everyday life and tourism. “Overtourism”, “tourismphobia”, and “sustainable urban tourism” are some of the keywords which characterize the on-going debate. Since 2015, the Urban Research Group: New Urban Tourism, which is based at the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, focuses not only on potential risks of urban tourism but aims at stimulating a fundamental discussion about city tourism per se.

In order to pursue this goal, the group has organized an international conference which took place in May 2017 at the GSZ. Four members of the young research group have edited the volume Tourism and Everyday Life in the Contemporary City which will be published in February by Routledge.

Throughout eleven chapters, the volume studies the manifold dimensions of the complex entanglement of city tourism and urban everyday life. It gathers the diverse phenomena of city tourism under the term new urban tourism. This kind of tourism is characterised by three dimensions: the extraordinary mundane which recognizes the recent appeal of ordinary life in urban tourism; encounters and contact zones which takes into account the new possibilities of connecting different city users with each other; and urban co-production which stands for the heterogeneous actors who jointly shape urban everyday life.
Each chapter focuses on distinct aspects of these three dimensions and the volume includes different academic disciplines. Covered subjects vary from the discussion of consequences of ‘touristified’ neighbourhoods to a critical study of the phenomenological concept of dwelling; from the influence of short-term accommodation rental services on urban everyday life to the production of hangout commons in Berlin.

For more information and pre-order please visit Routledge.

CfP: Tourism and the City – The Urban Transcripts Journal

The Urban Transcripts Journal is looking for contributions adressing the relationship between tourism and the city. Submissions should deal with the following questions:

How does global tourism impact on the sustainability of local communities? What is the role of the new ‘sharing economy’ of tourism in a redefined relationship between tourism and the city? Have cities become “overbooked”? How relevant are frameworks such as “carrying capacity” and “limits of acceptable change” today? Is there a difference between a tourist and a traveller? Are there forms of tourism that are more or less sustainable than others? Can the city balance the needs of tourists and locals in a mutually beneficial way?

Deadline is October 31, 2017

Find the complete CfP here:

Guidelines for submissions:


Conference program and registration

Program and registration

Tourism and other forms of mobility have a stronger influence on the urban everyday life than ever before. Current debates indicate that this development inevitably entails conflicts between the various city users. The diverse discussions basically evolve around the intermingling of two categories traditionally treated as opposing in scientific research: ‘the everyday’ and ‘tourism’.
The international conference Touristified everyday life – mundane tourism: Current perspectives on urban tourism addresses the complex and changing entanglement of the city, the everyday and tourism. It is organized by the Urban Research Group ‘New Urban Tourism’ and will be held at the Georg Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin.

May 11, 2017, 4:15 – 5:00pm
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, 10117 Berlin, Room 007
KEYNOTE – Prof. Dr. Jonas Larsen (Roskilde University): ‘Tourism and the Everyday Practices’ (KOSMOS-dialog series, entrance is free).

May 12, 2017, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Mohrenstraße 41, 10117 Berlin, Room 408 and 418c
PANELS – The Extraordinary Mundane, Encounters & Contact Zones, Urban (Tourism) Development (registration required).

See full conference programm HERE (pdf)


If you are interested in the panels you need to register. An attendance fee of 40 € will be charged to cover the expenses for the event. For students, trainees, unemployed, and the handicapped there is a reduced fee of 20 €.

For registration please fill out the Registration form (pdf) and send it back until April 20, 2017 to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung
Urban Research Group ’New Urban Tourism’
Natalie Stors & Christoph Sommer
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

You can also send us the form by email.

News: Conference Keynote and Panels

Our Call for Papers has received international attention and we got a large number of great submissions. We would like to thank everyone who has sent us their papers and drafts. Unfortunately we were not able to include all submissions. Nevertheless the selection process and the conference preparations have been finally completed; our conference will be held in English.

We are happy to announce that Prof. Dr. Jonas Larsen (Roskilde University, Denmark) will open the conference with a public lecture entitled Tourism and the Everyday Practices.
Moreover, we clustered the accepted submissions around three panels. Each of them is dealing with different aspects of the relationship between the everyday and tourism in regard to urban development. The Extraordinary Mundane examines different places, scenes and representations of the urban everyday. It explores their construction processes and their appeal for tourists and residents likewise. The rise of new urban tourism also requires a detailed analysis of related spaces and temporalities. In the panel Encounters & Contact Zones contributions discuss moments and spaces where tourists and locals meet such as the urban night or around a flat rented out on Airbnb. The third panel Urban (Tourism) Development puts the political dimension of the described dynamics and developments in the focus of attention. It discusses their consequences for urban development, particularly its connection to gentrification, and its influence on tourism and urban policy making.

An update with more information about the conference, its contributors and its location details will be posted in the next days.