Drs. A. Chaplin

+31 20 59 86704
1a-72
a.i.chaplin@vu.nl
faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afd. sociale en culturele antropologie )
Promovendus
presence      

Monday till Friday; please call me or send an e-mail for an appointment.       

Promo Master Anthropology

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specialization

  • Tourism
  • Hospitality exchange networks (e.g. CouchSurfing)
  • Anthropology of authenticity
  • Media and mediation
  • Othering

Regionale specialisatie:
South-Eastern Europe (Serbia, the former Yugoslavia)

research

This PhD research project focuses on Couchsurfing, an international hospitality exchange network that facilitates intimate encounters in the homes of other members while travelling. I investigate how CouchSurfing’s attempts to overcome one-dimensional forms of ‘othering’ work out in practice, theorising how hosts and guests who meet in person – and in ‘everyday’ settings like the home – rework second-hand information (e.g. media images) about each other through a travel network that seeks to authenticate a cosmopolitan view on (cultural) diversity. The project further is designed to give a new impetus to debates about authenticity in relation to tourism and travel, emphasising the importance of aesthetic-stylistic concerns for people who engage in exploring and connecting. My research mainly takes place in Serbia.

publications

Publications (Source: VU METIS)

     

2012 ‘“A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet”: understanding the ‘CouchSurfing’ network’s im-mediate encounters,’ MA Thesis Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam.

2012 ‘Continued lack of knowledge about Eastern Neighbours despite EU integration,’ In: Youth & diversity in Europe: Our Future-European Union 2012 – Serbia, Kosovo and the Netherlands. Belgrade: Manuarta.