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.

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)

REGISTRATION

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.

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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Diskussionsrunde: Berlin und Airbnb … was sagen die Zahlen?

Hier ein kurzer Hinweis auf eine Informations- und Diskussionsveranstaltung zur Ferienwohnungssituation in Berlin.

Neben Alsino Skowronnek und Jonas Parnow die ihr Projekt airbnbvsberlin.de vorstellen, erläutert Dr. Andrej Holm die Mietsituation in den Berliner Kiezen.

Veranstaltungsort: Regenbogenfabrik, Lausitzer Straße 22, 10999 Berlin, Datum: Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2016, 19:00-22:00 Uhr, Kosten: 1-2 €, Link: http://www.helle-panke.de/topic/3.termine.html?id=2085&context=0

 

Fachtagung der HCU und des DVAG

Fachtagung der HCU Hamburg und des DVAG “Das südliche Überseequartier in der Hamburger HafenCity: Shopping und Städtetourismus in neuen Dimensionen” (4./5. März): Die Tagung fokussiert u.a. die Frage, wie städtetouristische Erlebnisqualitäten der Zukunft aussehen. Datum: 4.-5. März, Ort: HafenCity Universität, Überseeallee 16, 20457 Hamburg. Weiterführende Informationen: DVAG HCU Fachtagung Überseequartier Süd

Robert Maitland im Humangeographischen Kolloquium

Prof. Robert Maitland in Berlin: Prof. Robert Maitland (University of Westminster, London) ist am 26. Januar 2016 zu Gast im Humangeographischen Kolloquium des Geographischen Instituts der HU Berlin. Mit dem Terminus des “New Urban Tourism” hat Maitland die touristische Suche nach authentischen und alltäglichen städtischen Orten auf den Begriff gebracht. Wie dieser städtische Off-The-Beaten-Track-Tourismus aussieht, haben Maitland et al. in zahlreichen empirischen Untersuchungen in London gezeigt Datum: 26.1.2016, Uhrzeit: 17:00-19:00 Uhr, Ort: Geographisches Instiut der HU Berlin, Rudower Chaussee 15, Raum: 2.108. Weiterführende Informationen: Vorlesung_Maitland