Call for Papers: Reshaping European cities?
Exploring policies, practices and everyday realities concerning ‛Airbnbification’
Workshop, November 24-25, 2017: University of Salzburg, Austria
Organizers: Angela Hof and Christian Smigiel, Department of Geography and Geology
Digital platforms for urban tourism have not only given much more visibility to urban tourism itself but are also fueling its impact on urban policies, neighbourhoods and everyday lives. Housing rentals, for example through Airbnb, change the relationship between tourists and locals, guests and hosts and add a new dimension to the commodification of residential housing, leading to unanticipated and rapid transformations of entire neighborhoods. It is timely to recognize that urban tourism is useful as a lens to explore broader processes of urban change. In the recent debate, symptoms like increasing housing prices, an increasing focus on the exchange value for an increasing percentage of housing stock driven by digital platforms for short-term rentals are receiving much attention. However, we are convinced that it is time to move beyond the phenomenon of housing rentals and the buzzword sharing economy and to address the combination of urban politics, urban tourism and everyday (urban) realities that are reshaping and reshaped by this specific aspect of urban tourism. The digital platform is the interface between agents that barter for residential accommodation that has previously not been traded as a tourist commodity. These aspects have received relatively little systematic attention and analysis. We are missing comparative perspectives (e.g. cross-city comparison), in-depth studies on Airbnb and gentrification, displacement, and agency across social groups that engage and are affected by increasing Airbnb rental activities.
- Cities, urban politics and housing rentals / Airbnb
- Gentrification, neighbourhood change and housing rentals / Airbnb
- Everyday urban realities – between commodification, micro-entrepreneurship and resistance
- Johannes Novy (Cardiff University/Spatial Planning)
- Felix Holzmanndorfer (City of Salzburg/Department for building regulation)
- Michael Hörz (Data Journalist/Berlin; to be confirmed)
German Congress on Geography
This year’s German Congress on Geography takes in place from 30.9.2017 to 5.10.2017 in Tübingen. Also this year scientist from the Department of Geography and Geology of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg participate in expert meetings. Prof Dr. Andreas Koch, head of the working group Socialgeography, and PD Dr. Tilman Schenk will head an expert meeting on modeling and simulation of geographical phenomena. You can find the complete program of expert meetings to the guiding line of “Methods and Concepts of Geography” here.
The German Society for Geography and the local committee of Tübingen ask all geographers to shape the congress’s framework program. You can find the official Call for Papers here.