Imagining Global Amsterdam

History, Culture, and Geography in a World City

Edited by Marco de Waard

Imagining Global Amsterdam

Edited by Marco de Waard

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

316 pages | 42 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9789089643674 Published January 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Imagining Global Amsterdambrings together new essays on the image of Amsterdam as articulated in film, literature, art, and urban discourse, considered within the context of globalization and its impact on urban culture. Subjects include: Amsterdam’s place in global cultural memory; expressions of global consciousness in Amsterdam in the ‘Golden Age’; articulations of Amsterdam as a tolerant, multicultural, and permissive ‘global village’; and globalization’s impact ‘on the ground’ through city branding, the cultural heritage industry, and cultural production in the city.

Written by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, and united by a broad humanities approach, this collection forms a multifaceted inquiry into the dynamic relationship between Amsterdam, globalization, and the urban imaginary.


1. Amsterdam and the Global Imaginary
      Marco de Waard
Part I: Historicizing Global Amsterdam
2. Imagining Social Change in Early-Modern Amsterdam: Global Processes, Local Perceptions
      Ulrich Ufer
3. Amidst Unscrupulous Neighbours: Amsterdam Money and Foreign Interests in Dutch Patriotic Imagery
      Dorothee Sturkenboom
4. Visualizing Commerce and Empire: Decorating the Built Environment of Amsterdam
      Michael Wintle
5. Romance and Commerce: Imagining Global Amsterdam in the Contemporary Historical Novel
      Joyce Goggin and Erinç Salor
6. Dutch Decline Redux: Remembering New Amsterdam in the Global and Cosmopolitan Novel
      Marco de Waard
Part II: Amsterdam Global Village: (Inter)National Imaginings
7. Form, Punch, Caress: Johan van der Keuken’s Global Amsterdam
      Patricia Pisters
8. Rembrandt on Screen: Art Cinema, Cultural Heritage, and the Museumization of Urban Space
      Marco de Waard
9. Imagining a Global Village: Amsterdam in Janwillem van de Wetering’s Detective Fiction
      Sabine Vanacker
10. Amsterdam, City of Sirens: On Hafid Bouazza’s Short Story ‘Apolline’
      Henriette Louwerse
Part III: Global Amsterdam’s Cultural Geography
11. Amsterdam and/as New Babylon: Urban Modernity’s Contested Trajectories
      Mark E. Denaci
12. Amsterdam’s Architectural Image from Early-Modern Print Series to Global Heritage Discourse
      Freek Schmidt
13. Amsterdam Memorials, Multiculturalism and the Debate on Dutch Identity
      Jeroen Dewulf
14. Graphic Design, Globalization, and Placemaking in the Neighbourhoods of Amsterdam
      Bharain Mac an Bhreithiún
15. A Global Red-Light City? Prostitution in Amsterdam as a Real-and-Imagined Place
      Michaël Deinema and Manuel B. Aalbers
16. Global Eros in Amsterdam: Religion, Sex, Politics
      Markha Valenta

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