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Tourism in the Network Society: Computer-Mediated Hospitality and the Transformation of Urban Tourism and Travel Practice
University of Amsterdam, 5-6 April 2013
Topic 1 — Methodologies to study trans-cultural mobilities
Which methodologies can be used to approach network society through the specific prism of computer mediated hospitality platforms?
Topic 2 — Hospitality and society
How do computer-mediated hospitality transform actual travel and hospitality practice, in particular the means by which hosts and guest get in contact, generate trust and manage their interactions?
Topic 3 — Policy and management
From a practitioner’s perspective, what are the practical and technological aspects of developing, managing and also policing tourism and hospitality websites and related online communities (e.g. issues of netiquette, trust, net knowledge and community motivation; use of new technologies, software, Smartphone apps)?
Topic 4 — Self, other and place
How do computer-mediated hospitality platforms enable different actors to participate in the processes of cultural representation and the (re-)production of social identities at various scales?
Jennie Germann Molz
The workshop was jointly organized by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network (TOCUCO). It is convened by De-Jung Chen and David Picard.
Abram, Simone (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK)
Bialski, Paula (Hafen University Hamburg, Germany)
Buchberger, Sonja (SOAS, University of London, UK)
Chen, De-Jung (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Picard, David (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Salazar, Noël(Leuven University, Belgium)
Terhorst, Pieter (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Zuev, Dennis (ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal)
10.45-11.45 The (im)mobile Life of Digital Photographs: The Case of Tourist Photography / by Jonas Larsen
13.00-14.30 Session 1: Global community, local practice
(1) Domestic hospitality goes online in the Maghreb / Sonja Buchberger
(2) Surfing along the Trans-Siberian Railway: warm-glow of cosmopolitan learning in Siberia / Dennis Zuev
(3) Intimate encounters with otherness - exploring similarity and difference on Serbia's couches / by Alexander Chaplin
14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-16.30 Session 2: Tourist experiences and tourist places
(4) The transformation of tourist places in the Internet age / De-Jung Chen
(5) Places and Couchsurfers: the cases of Paris and Berlin / Brenda Le Bigot
(6) Digital Recognition” of other community members and new travel practices / Michele Altomonte
16.30-17.00 Coffee break
17.00-18.00 Session 3: The development and management of computer-mediated-hospitality network
(7) The Pains of Being Intimately Mobile: short-term rentals versus hospitality networks / Paula Bialski
(8) Homestay: An Experiment in Hospitality / Fiona Hallinan
18.30-21.00 Dinner at Café de Jaren (Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20 – 22, 1012 CP Amsterdam)
Day 2 (6 April 2013, Saturday)
At Perdu (Address: Kloveniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam)
09.30-10.30 Dwelling Together in a Mobile Society: From Network Sociality to Network Hospitality / Jennie Germann Molz
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 Conclusion discussion
14.00-16.30 Couchsurfers’ meetup "One Couch at a Time" documentary screening & discussion with Couchsurfers