Conference 2017

Touristified Everyday Life – Mundane Tourism: Current Perspectives on Urban Tourism

Publication

In 2019 we published the edited volume Tourism and Everyday Life in the Contemporary City (Routledge) with selected contributions of our conference. The blurb reads:

Tourism and urban everyday life are deeply connected in a mutually constitutive way. Tourism has become a key momentum of urban development, and it affects cities in a sometimes subtle, yet always pervasive, manner far beyond its economic dimension. Urban everyday life itself can turn into a matter of tourist interest for people searching for experiences off the beaten track. Even living in a city as a resident involves moments, activities and practices which could be labelled as ‘touristic’. These observations strikingly demonstrate some of the various layers in which urban tourism and everyday city life are intertwined. This edited volume gathers multiple interdisciplinary approaches, a diversity of topics, and methodological variety in order to examine this complex relationship. It presents a systematic framework for the dynamic research field of new urban tourism along three dimensions: the extraordinary mundane, encounters and contact zones, and urban co-production.

The DOI is https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429507168.

 

Conference review

Gertruda Kaczmarek, research assistant at Hamburg University, summarized key findings of the conference Touristified Everyday Life – Mundane Tourism: Current Perspectives on Urban Tourism that took place May, 11-12, 2017 at GSZ HU Berlin.

At the conference Touristified everyday life – mundane Tourism: Current Perspectives on urban Tourism, international researchers shared their latest studies and findings on the relationship between the everyday life and tourism and how they relate to urban development. The event was organized by the Urban Research Group: New Urban Tourism, based at the Georg Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin. With the selected focus, the organizers reacted to current debates and their indication that tourism and other forms of mobility have a stronger influence on the urban everyday life than ever before. On the one hand, this development leads to an intermingling of two categories traditionally treated as opposing in scientific research: ‘everyday life’ and ‘tourism’. On the other hand, it not only challenges theoretical assumptions but inevitably entails conflicts between various city users, residents, and tourists. Therefore, the predominant question addressed by the conference was how to conceptualize “the tourist” in an analytical way when the distinction between the everyday life and tourism is becoming increasingly blurry”.

The full conference review is published here:
Kaczmarek, G. (2017). “Touristified Everyday Life – Mundane Tourism: Current Perspectives on Urban Tourism” (11.-12. Mai 2017, Berlin). Zeitschrift für Tourismuswissenschaften (ZfTW), 9/2, 371-377. DOI 10.1515/tw-2017-0021

Program and registration

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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 program HERE (pdf)