Amsterdam Global City 2: Trade, Culture and Power from 1800-2018

Amsterdam’s history is deeply embedded within the history of the world: what does this small but vibrant city have to offer, and how did it come into existence?

Together, we will investigate how the Second World War changed the fabric of the city and its inhabitants. We will examine the legacy that famous artists and designers from here and across the world left to Amsterdammers, and the effects this has on the city. How has the rise of the European Union and international corporations changed Amsterdam’s prospects for the future? Local movements like the struggle for LGBTQI* rights influenced public opinion around the world. In recent years, Amsterdam has once again gained global recognition for innovation, at the center of numerous important global concerns. Amsterdam is more than a place: it is an idea. This course uses Amsterdam and its immense material and intellectual history to investigate the linkages between this city and the rest of the world by focusing on a series of contemporary and historical highlights.

This interdisciplinary programme will ask important questions: in our rapidly changing and hyper-connected world, what does it mean to be a global citizen? How do we investigate and navigate the push and pull between the local and the global? How are culture, trade, politics and power interconnected and incubated in a globalized urban environment?

Amsterdam Series

This programme can be taken either alone or paired with/directly after Amsterdam Global City 1. See the other programme page for more details.

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Programme Dates: 15 July - 27 July 2018
Housing Dates: 13 July afternoon - 30 July 2018 morning
Academic Director: TBA
Application Deadline: 1 April 2018

4 ECTS, 2 weeks
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