Our new article Hotel geopolitics: a research agenda has just been published in the journal Geopolitics.
Its genesis lies in the session Hotels: political geographical investigations that Sara organised with Klaus Dodds at the 2010 RGS-IBG annual conference (full session details in the downloadable conference booklet). Sara then developed the research into hotels with a British Academy-funded project and affiliated website and art exhibition on the histories of cosmopolitanism and conflict in the former hotel district of Beirut. The new article, linking Adam’s previous research on political geographies of hospitality to Sara’s work on hotels (there is also a related Facebook page), sets the agenda for studying hotels as geopolitical sites. Further work on specific hotels case studies stemming from the same RGS-IBG conference session has been published by Ruth Craggs, Uma Kothari and by Lisa Smirl. This article is dedicated to Lisa’s memory.