Drs. A. Chaplin



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a.i.chaplin@vu.nl
faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afd. sociale en culturele antropologie )
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Promotiefilmpje Master Antropologie

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specialisaties

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

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

onderzoek

 

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.

publicaties

Publications (source: METIS VU)