Cities and Mobilities Seminar Series #3 | Cities, Tourism & AirBnB

15Dec2017 13:45 - 17:00


The aim of this seminar series is to develop a conversation on how mobilities shape cities as well as to foster exchange and collaboration between scholars from different disciplines and practitioners working on urban mobilities at UvA and beyond.

In the third seminar, we’ll focus on the impact of tourist mobilities on cities and will pay particular attention to AirBnB. Guest speaker Jennie Germann Molz (Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Holy Cross, Massachusetts) will provide a talk on  “Sharing the City: Tourism Mobilities, Network Hospitality, and the Politics of Scale”.

Sharing the City

As tourists increasingly turn to peer-to-peer hospitality networks such as Airbnb to arrange homestays in urban destinations, they unlock experiences of the city that span the private enclaves of hosts’ homes and the public spaces of the city. For better or for worse, these platforms are disrupting urban transportation and hospitality industries, with critical repercussions for local economies, for urban planning and housing policy, for permanent residents who inhabit the city, and for the temporary visitors who come and go. In this talk, I will review current and recent research on Airbnb in urban settings to explore the implications of network hospitality for urban transformation across the scales of private and public spaces.

Jennie Germann Molz

Jennie Germann Molz is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Holy Cross, Massachusetts. Her research interests include tourism mobilities and mobile technologies; hospitality and the ethics of welcoming strangers; global citizenship, home, and belonging; food, consumption, and identity; and mobile methodologies. She is co-editor of the journal Hospitality & Society. Her publications include Travel Connections: Technology, Tourism and Togetherness in a Mobile World (Routledge) and Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests: Alternative Ontologies for Future Hospitalities (Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently researching families who take their children out of school and 'roadschool' them while traveling the world.



13.45 – 13.50    Opening by Anna Nikolaeva (CUS, organizer of the seminar series)

13.50 – 15.10    Presentations

  • AirBnB as a Platform for Gentrification: Comparing Cultural and Economic Impacts of AirBnB in New York, Barcelona and Amsterdam by Letizia Chiappini, Petter Törnberg (CUS & UvA)
  • Inconsistent habitus? Paradoxical experiences of mobility of aging gentrifiers in the Amsterdam Canal Belt by Willem Boterman & Fenne Pinkster (CUS/UvA)

15.10-15.30      Coffee break

15.30-17.00      Sharing the City: Tourism Mobilities, Network Hospitality, and the Politics of Scale by Jennie Germann Molz.
                           Comments and  discussion. Discussant tbs

17.00                  Reception


For the abstracts of all presentations and more information about the seminar series, please check: The recordings of the past two guest lectures of the Cities & Mobilities Seminar Series you can find here on our website.


The seminar is free and open to anyone. Please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to Iris van der Doelen:

Location: room REC J/K B.25

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building J/K

    Valckenierstraat 65-67 | 1018 XE Amsterdam
    +31 (0)20 525 5663

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