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.
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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.

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:
http://journal.urbantranscripts.org/article/call-submissions-tourism/

Guidelines for submissions:
http://journal.urbantranscripts.org/submissions/

 

CfP AAG 2017

The complex geographies of inequality in contemporary slum tourism

CfP Association of American Geographers

Boston 5th to 9th April 2017

The visitation of areas of urban poverty is a growing phenomenon in global tourism (Burgold & Rolfes, 2013; Dürr & Jaffe, 2012; Freire-Medeiros, 2013; Frenzel, Koens, Steinbrink, & Rogerson, 2015). While it can be considered a standard tourism practise in some destinations, it remains a deeply controversial form of tourism that is greeted with much suspicion and scepticism (Freire-Medeiros, 2009). In the emerging research field of slum tourism, the practices are no longer only seen as a specific niche of tourism, but as empirical phenomena that bridge a number of interdisciplinary concerns, ranging from international development, political activism, mobility studies to urban regeneration (Frenzel, 2016).

In this session we aim to bring together research that casts the recent developments in slum tourism research. We aim specifically in advancing geographical research while retaining a broad interdisciplinary outlook.

Please sent your abstract or expressions of interest of now more than 300 words to Tore E.H.M Holst (tehh (at) ruc.dk) and Thomas Frisch (Thomas.Frisch (at) wiso.uni-hamburg.de) by October 15th 2016.

For more information see: http://slumtourism.net/conference/cfp-aag-2017-the-complex-geographies-of-inequality-in-contemporary-slum-tourism/

 

A great variety of tourism related calls for papers are also avaialbe on the AAG Recreation,Tourism and Sport Specialty Group’s blog. See here for more details: https://aagrts.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

Touristifizierter Alltag – Alltäglicher Tourismus: Neue Perspektiven auf das Stadttouristische

Call for Papers

Die Urban Research Group New Urban Tourism veranstaltet am 11. & 12. Mai 2017 eine Konferenz am Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung der HU Berlin zum Thema: Touristifizierter Alltag – Alltäglicher Tourismus: Neue Perspektiven auf das Stadttouristische. Dazu laden wir an dieser Stelle interessierte (Nachwuchs-)WissenschaftlerInnen zur Beitragseinreichung ein.

In Kürze finden Sie an dieser Stelle ebenfalls aktuelle Hinweise zur Konferenz!

Call for Papers (Deutsch)
Call for Papers (English)

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AGE XV Colloquium of Tourism Geography

The AGE (Spanish Association of Geographers) XV Colloquium of Tourism Geography will be organized by the Geography Department of the University of the Balearic Islands. The meeting will be held in Palma (Mallorca) between 6-8 October 2016. The key speaker will be Rob Fletcher, from the Sociology of Development and Change Department (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). Discussion boards will introduce further topics. Two fieldtrips will be organized to link theory and practice visiting Valldemossa, Deià, Escorca, Pollença and Alcúdia.
The themes covered will be the relation of tourism with capitalism crisis, nature
conservation and sharing economy. The main language of the Colloquium will be Spanish, but the organizers encourage the submission of contributions in any other language of Spain, English or French. Abstracts should be submitted by 19 February 2016, and should be sent to coloquiogrupo10AGE@uib.eu, and should be no longer than 3,000 characters (including spaces).

The topics are:

1. Tourism and crisi
2. Ecotourism
3. Sharing tourism

Deadline for abstract submission: 19.2.2016
Weiterführende Informationen: Call for contribution_XV Colloquium of Tourism Geography

 

Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance

We are currently seeking contributions for an anthology on nightlife and the nighttime economy. The editors are seeking contributions from new and established scholars working on the night-time economy, specifically in relation to the themes of regeneration, tourism, governance and gentrification. While the editors approach this field from a sociological perspective, contributions from across the social sciences, in particular geography, anthropology, planning, cultural studies and tourism, are strongly encouraged.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
– The night-time economy and socio-spatial urban segregation
– The gentrification of nightlife
– Studentification of the urban night
– Nightlife, branding and tourism (including in coastal resorts)
– Marginal/Peripheral nightscapes
– Regulation of spaces and districts
– Regulation of consumption and licensing
– Nightlife Programs (local administration, etc.)

Deadline for abstract submission: 24.03.2016 (300-500 words)
Weiterführende Informationen: Call for contribution_Exploring nighlife_book proposal

Open Call von stadtform

Open Call von stadtform zum Thema “REMMI DEMMI – DIE VERSPIELTE STADT”: Wo eben noch Gosse war ist jetzt Parkett. Der Park vor der Haustür ist jetzt ein Jazzfestival. Korken knallen, denn es wird verkleidet gegen AIDS gefeiert oder im Bierzelt rülpsend die Nation verteidigt. Die Partytram wummert verloren im Kreis. Ach, wer will schon schlafen. Denn mit der U-Bahn wird jetzt Mister X gejagt und wo eben noch Leerstand gähnte, gruselt jetzt ein »live escape game«. Vorhang auf, Münzen raus. Der Zirkus ist in der Stadt und er will einfach nicht mehr gehen. Festivals, Kunst, Kreativität und Kultur sind zu Aushängeschildern von Städten geworden. Wer wohnen will, will anscheinend auch feiern. Doch wer zahlt den Preis dafür, dass Städte zu Spielzeugen und Open Air Events werden? Wieso sind Casinos schick und Wettcafés scheisse? Dürfen wirklich alle mitspielen? Und: Werden wir durch Brot und Spiele satt und zahm gehalten? stadtform will wissen was am Spiel steht und bittet um Beiträge zur Politik von Großereignissen, Festivalisierung, Ausverkauf von Kunst & Raum etc. – die Würfel sind noch nicht gefallen. Deadline Ideenskizze: 10.2.2016 Weiterführende Informationen: stadtform_opencall_4