CfP: THE POWER OF TOURISM: CONTESTED REPRESENTATIONS OF PEOPLE AND PLACES

The Research Committee on International Tourism (RC50) of the International Sociological Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for RC50 interim Conference 2020.

The conference will carry on the recent traditions of multi-, trans-, and postdisciplinary avenues to national and international tourism.
The committee would like to extend a welcome to all researchers working in any area of the sociology of tourism, regardless of whether you are a current member of the ISA. Themes of the sessions are outlined below but there is also an open session to presentations not related to these issues.

Abstract Submission
An abstract between 300 to 500 words (excluding references) should be submitted to be presented at one of the sessions below. The abstract should include, session number and name, an indication of the research aim, the (inter)disciplinary approach taken, the methods used and the key (expected) findings. The abstract should be submitted as a MS Word document to both Erdinç Çakmak Cakmak.e@buas.nl and Rami K. Isaac Isaac.r@buas.nl.

Key Dates
Deadline for abstract submission:
Monday 1st September 2019
Notification of acceptance: until Monday 16th September 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Sunday 1st December 2019

The sessions will cover the following topics:

7. “The Power of New Urban Tourism: Representations and Contestations” chaired by Sybille Frank & Anna Laura Raschke

 

There will also be also open sessions (for interesting papers submitted but not under one of the themes above).

Full details of the conference sessions are available at the RC50 website https://www.rc50tourism.org/services

 

 

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CfP: Hopes and Troubles of New Urban Tourism

RGS-IBG Conference 2019, London, UK, 28-30th August 2019

Session convenors: Sybille Frank (TU Darmstadt); Kristin Wellner (TU Berlin); Anna Laura Raschke (TU Darmstadt); Stefan Brandt (TU Berlin); Claus Müller (TU Berlin)

Cities have been tourism destinations for a long time, but tourists’ use of the urban space has changed in recent years. More often than before, the classic sights and “tourist traps” are avoided by urban travellers in favour of a more “local” and “authentic” mode of travel. Thus, the (imagined) way of life in cities and certain neighbourhoods (e.g. Williamsburg, Kreuzberg, Camden, Gangnam) has become a tourist destination in itself. “New urban tourists” are seeking to be embedded in urban day-to-day-living. They want to “live like a local”, as a successful apartment-sharing platform advertises. To live locally, new urban tourists rent residential apartments offered for short breaks, rather than hotel rooms, and thus compete with residents for the use of urban spaces, such as flats, cafés, restaurants, parks and sidewalks. At the same time, they do not only bring revenue to often disenfranchised parts of the city but also increase the opportunity for contact and inter-cultural encounters. City tourism is even lauded as an important “driver of global economic growth and development” by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, 2012).

In light of these hopes and troubles that are connected with such trends in touristic use of urban spaces we welcome theoretical or empirical papers that deal with, but are not limited to, questions such as:

  • What are the impacts of new urban tourism on cities and neighbourhoods?
  • What are the hopes and fears that are connected with new urban tourism, and whose hopes and fears are they?
  • Do urban spaces in residential neighbourhoods become contested by potential or factual conflicts of interest between residents and urban tourists, and what interests do these conflicts uncover?
  • How can tourism marketing and regulatory bodies manage travel routes, informal holiday rentals and tourists’ use of urban spaces?
  • How do disenfranchised neighbourhoods change due to new investments in tourist hotspots?
  • How do digital representations, social media and peer-to-peer instead of business-to-consumer models of travel planning change urban landscapes?
  • How can new urban tourism be conceptualized theoretically, to which general social trends can it be linked?
  • Considering that the traditional differentiation between residents and tourists gets blurred in times of growing mobilities, how can we address different forms of mobilities in a more adequate way?

Please send your abstracts of no more than 250 words to Claus Müller (claus.mueller@tu-berlin) by 10th February 2019 and include your affiliation and contact details.

We look forward hearing from you.

CfP: Touristifizierung urbaner Räume

Der AK Tourismusforschung und der AK Stadtzukünfte laden zu einer gemeinsamen Tagung vom 22. bis 24. Mai 2019 zum Thema „Touristifizierung urbaner Räume“ in Freiburg ein.

Hier der Call for Papers:

Eine zunehmende Bedeutung des Tourismus erfasst seit einigen Jahren zahlreiche Großstädte und wird dort in Zusammenhang mit der Transformation urbaner Räume wirksam. Während zunächst vorwiegend die innerstädtischen Bereiche von dieser Entwicklung betroffen waren, richtet sich die fortschreitende Touristifizierung nunmehr verstärkt auch auf Wohnquartiere abseits der klassischen touristischen Sehenswürdigkeiten. Dies führt zu vielfältigen neuen Erscheinungsformen des Tourismus, die in ihrer Summe als New Urban Tourism bezeichnet werden können. Ein infolge des ansteigenden Tourismusaufkommens erhöhter Nutzungsdruck wird indessen mit dem Schlagwort des Overtourism in Verbindung gebracht. Für die lokale Bevölkerung und die Reisenden kann eine derart starke Touristifizierung mit erheblichen Belastungen verbunden sein. Die Frage, wie mit dem Tourismusaufkommen umzugehen ist, zählt zu den aktuellen Herausforderungen angesichts von urbanen Transformationsprozessen.

Vor diesem Hintergrund laden der AK Tourismusforschung und der AK Stadtzukünfte zu einer gemeinsamen Tagung ein. Die Veranstaltung dient der Präsentation und Diskussion von ca. 15-minütigen Beiträgen aus der Stadt- und Tourismusforschung. Sie soll den wechselseitigen Austausch aus dem Blickwinkel unterschiedlicher fachwissenschaftlicher Perspektiven anregen und wendet sich zugleich an interessierte Expertinnen und Experten aus der Praxis. Die Tagung wird am 22. Mai 2019 mit einem frühabendlichen Festvortrag in Freiburg beginnen und wird voraussichtlich am 24. Mai 2019 in der Mittagszeit enden.

Bitte senden Sie uns Ihre Vortragsangebote bis zum 10. Januar 2019 in Form eines kurzen Abstracts (max. 1 Seite) samt Ihrer Kontaktdaten per E-Mail an:

tagung-touristifizierung-2019@web.de

 

Organisation vor Ort:
Prof. Dr. Tim Freytag (E-Mail: tim.freytag@geographie.uni-freiburg.de)

AK Tourismusforschung:
Prof. Dr. Hans Hopfinger (E-Mail: hans.hopfinger@gmx.de)

AK Stadtzukünfte:
Prof. Dr. Claus-C. Wiegandt (E-Mail: wiegandt@uni-bonn.de);
Prof. Dr. Ludger Basten (E-Mail: ludger.basten@tu-dortmund.de);
Prof. Dr. Uta Hohn (E-Mail: uta.hohn@rub.de)

CfP: Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier

Call for papers for session proposal: Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier
AAG 2019: American Association of Geographers‘ Annual Meeting
3-7 April 2019
Washington, USA 

Convenors:
Angela Hof, University of Salzburg, Austria
Ismael Yrigoy, Uppsala University, Sweden

 

Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier

The disruptive powers of platform economy and short term rentals have drawn research attention on the changes and challenges to urban planning, urban everyday life and practices and urban political economy in cities. Short-term rentals are said to be contributing, amongst other aspects, to tourism commodification of cities; resident displacement, gentrification, and shifts in urban tourism patterns (Cócola Gant, 2016; Wachsmuth and Weisler, 2018; Spangler, 2018).

Even if emerging literature in critical geography has firmly grounded its claims in Neil Smith´s rent gap and gentrification theories, there are still aspects that so far have received relatively little systematic attention and analysis. We are missing approaches that conceptually relate short term rental platforms (such as Airbnb) to host professionalization, urban financialization, and to new forms of rent-extracting practices in housing. Moreover, innovative and different methods and data sources to approach short-term rentals deserve more attention. Engaging with different quantitative and qualitative techniques may reveal new dimensions of STRs phenomenon and further contribute to connect STRs socio-spatial patterns with multi-scalar urban dynamics and urban political economy.

We invite papers that critically examine how short-term rentals are impacting on housing, tourism, urban planning practices, local communities, or labor markets in different city contexts. We especially encourage submissions that shed light on broader conceptual discussions about finance and land rents and on empirical methods to assess the impacts of STRs. This paper session aims therefore to gather conceptually and/or empirically informed papers that contribute to fill those research gaps and to better theorize about the aforementioned emerging topics.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT (250 words) to Angela Hof (angela.hof@sbg.ac.at) or Ismael Yrigoy (ismael.yrigoy@kultgeog.uu.se) BY 31 OCTOBER 2018 so that we can include your abstract in our session organization.

Job: Wiss-Ma. (65%) im Graduiertenkolleg KRITIS

Im von der DFG geförderten Graduiertenkolleg „Kritische Infrastrukturen:
Konstruktion, Funktionskrisen und Schutz in Städten (KRITIS)“ ist zum
nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine Stelle für eine/einen Wiss.
Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiter – 65 % (zur Promotion) im Fach Soziologie zu
besetzen. Gewünscht wird, dass das Promotionsprojekt das Konzept der
Kritischen Infrastrukturen auf Tourismus bezieht.

Die Stelle ist bis zum 31. März 2021 befristet. Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am
15. April 2018.

Detaillierte Informationen zu den Leitfragen und zum Forschungsprogramm des Kollegs gibt es hier: www.kritis.tu-darmstadt.de.

Die vollständige Ausschreibung findet ihr auch hier: Ausschreibung_GRK KRITIS_Wiss. Ma_April_2018.

 

CfP Conceptualizing and decoding short-term rentals in times of digital capitalism

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff (UK), 28-31 August 2018

Short-term rentals (STR) spark media attention, public debate and diverse reactions from city governments in response to what is often labelled as sharing economy, disruptive business model or new urban tourism. These categorizations hardly capture the dynamic phenomenon that is driven by and responds to urban tourists and other transient visitors and affects and transgresses different urban material and social sub-systems: housing market, public and private space and infrastructure. And while there is a pervasive sense that STR challenge everyday urban realities, urban planning and urban policies, broader theoretical explanations are still scarce.

This session seeks to find new conceptualizations that link STR with broader processes of urban transformation and restructuring. In particular, we are interested in theoretical as well as empirical papers that combine micro- and macro-level perspectives and provide a critical analysis of different dimensions of STR (e.g. policy agendas, gentrification, urban infrastructure, financialization) in different urban settings.

We invite contributions that discuss and address (although not limited to) the following broader topics:

  • Uncovering STR and linking it to broader trends in urban political economy
  • Exploring the driving actors (actor relations, actor coalitions) behind STR in European cities
  • Research on urban contestations in relation to STR
  • Single case and comparative studies that tackle the impact of STR on local housing markets of European cities and beyond
  • Impact on urban infrastructure and public spaces
  • Commodification of housing
  • Interlacing with other forms of digital capitalism (wework etc.)

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with a title, author(s), affiliation and contact details, both to Angela Hof (angela.hof@sbg.ac.at) and Christian Smigiel (christian.smigiel@sbg.ac.at) by Friday 9th February 2018.

The CfP can be found here.

CfP SHORT-TERM TOURISM RENTALS: OBSERVATION, REGULATIONS and LABOR RECONFIGURATIONS

EIREST, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Thursday March 15th 2018, 9:30 –17:30

The « digitalization » of a growing part of human activities is a major cause of change in the contemporary world. In particular, the power of digital technologies has radically changed the sector of intermediation activities, allowing international digital companies to match a demand and a supply scattered all over the world. The tourism sector, and particularly tourist accommodation industry, is at the forefront of this powerful movement of digitalization of intermediation activities, especially due to the expansion of companies such as Airbnb over the last decade. Indeed, the boom of digital economy, tightly bound to the one of the so-called sharing economy and of the peer-to-peer economic model, henceforth makes it very easy to connect individual people who have an underutilized property (whether it is a room or an entire home, whether it is temporary or not) with a highly spatially scattered tourism demand, through the use of digital platforms.

This workshop aims to explore the breadth of the changes induced by the development of these short- term rental digital platforms from an interdisciplinary perspective. It intends to go beyond the debate regarding the competition between this new form of tourist accommodation and more traditional types of stakeholders (hotels, hostels, guesthouses, etc.) which has already been covered by numerous papers. Beyond this issue, we aim to shed some light on the changes triggered by both the digital nature of this accommodation and its unseen flexibility and volatility, which challenge the definition of the “economic” sphere, the current regulation of economic activity and work, but also the methods used to measure it. Therefore, the workshop aims to analyse the breadth of these changes through (although not limited to) three entry points.

The full CfP can be found here.

Submissions: Please e-mail abstracts of up to 500 words to Anne-Cécile Mermet (anne- cecile.mermet@univ-paris1.fr) and Maria Gravari-Barbas (maria.gravari-barbas@univ-paris1.fr) by January 5th. Successful applicants will be contacted no later than January 31st.

7. Treffen der AG

Am vergangenen Freitag, 10.03.2017, fand das 7. AG Treffen von 15:00-19:00 Uhr am GSZ in Berlin statt.

Auf der Agenda stand diesmal lediglich die Konferenzvorbereitung. Wir sind mittlerweile  sehr weit gekommen und freuen uns darauf, das finale Konferenzprogramm im Laufe der Woche zu veröffentlichen. Im Zuge der Veröffentlichung, natürlich auch an dieser Stelle, wird auch die Anmeldung für die Konferenz starten.

Weitere Informationen gibt es in Kürze auf dem Blog unter dem Reiter „Konferenz“.

Wir freuen uns auf eine spannende Veranstaltung!!!

 

6. Treffen der AG – in Hamburg

Das kommende Treffen der AG findet diesmal auf Einladung unserer Kollegen am Freitag, 20.01.2017 an der Univeristät Hamburg statt.

Die Agenda gliedert sich überlicherweise in zwei Teile:

15:00-16:45 Uhr: Aktueller Stand + weitere Arbeitsschritte in Sachen Konferenzorganisation. Der Call for Papers hat erfreulicherweise eine hohe nationale wie internationale Resonanz erfahren, sodass aus den rund 30 Einreichungen ein hochwertiges, gut gefülltes Programm erstellt werden kann.

17:15-19:00 Uhr: Inhaltlich möchten wir uns dieses Mal mit der Thematik des Slum Tourism auseinandersetzen. Dazu schauen wir uns u.a. ein Kapitel aus Fabian Frenzels (2016) aktueller Monographie Slumming It – The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty an.

Aus gegebenem Anlass auch an dieser Stelle ein kurzer Hinweis zur Buchpräsentation von „Slumming It“ am 02.02.2017, 18-20:00 Uhr an der TU Berlin, HBS-1, Raum 6.06.                Hier der Flyer zur Buchpräsentation

Wir wünschen allen New Urban Tourism-Interessierten und fleißen Blog-Leserinnen und Lesern einen guten Start in 2017 und freuen uns auf eine spannende Konferenz!