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.

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) and Thomas Frisch (Thomas.Frisch (at) by October 15th 2016.

For more information see:


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:

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)


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 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:


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