Judit Bodnár

CEU Faculty Fellow
Period of Stay: 
October 2021 - December 2021
Central European University Private University, Austria
Project Title: 
Privacy Goes Public: Airbnb, Home Restaurant and the Reconfiguring of Public and Private in the Sharing Economy
Project Abstract: 

Privacy Goes Public is a critical study of two key phenomena in the so-called “sharing economy,” Airbnb accommodations and home restaurants. I believe that they both instantiate an often overlooked aspect of sharing, and represent a theoretically relevant reconfiguration of the relationship between public and private in contemporary capitalism. Why would people invite strangers to sleep and eat in their home, when the home has long been considered a privileged and protected space of privacy meant to be separated from the realm of the public? My research will focus primarily on the cultural political economy of what seems to be an unprecedented commodification of everyday life: especially how that relates to the changing perception, use, and shifting boundaries of public and private space, the presentation of the self, and the search for authenticity. The analysis builds on empirical research carried out in Budapest and possibly Vienna.