Critical Tourism Studies Conference 2018

The Critical Tourism Studies network Asia-Pacific (CTSAP) held its Inaugural Conference on 3 – 6 March at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Together with Claudio Minca, on 5 March I gave a paper on the biopolitical implications of the sharing economies of tourism. During the presentation we argued that the way in which platforms like Airbnb incorporates intimate spaces and individual life is eminently biopolitical. The ranking of homes, hosts and guests by the platform’s algorithms is not only a social regulator, but also a new way to extrapolate capital based on the willingness of people to put their lives and homes on display. The paper will be published as part of a special issue in Tourism Geographies towards the end of 2019. Follow the CTS Asia Pacific on Twitter!