Amsterdam Sensescapes: 1800-2018

Urban space is perceived on the basis of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste), context, and memories. The sensory landscape of a city is called the urban ‘sensescape’, and each city has its own, distinctive sensescape. What implications does a changing sensecape have on Amsterdam and for Amsterdammers, and cities around the world?

Quick Facts

  • Student profile ⇒ Current BA, from any discipline
  • Housing dates ⇒ 13 July afternoon - 30 July morning 2018
  • Programme dates ⇒ 15 July - 27 July 2018
  • Academic Director ⇒ Dr. Thea Dukes
  • Application deadline ⇒ 1 April 2018

Why join this programme?

If urban sensescapes are subject to change (in whatever form), this influences the way in which people experience their urban environment, and their sense of belonging. This can therefore be a strong motivation to engage in the negotiation of urban space, forming groups with similar interests, and using particular (discursive) strategies to defend them. As cities are densely populated, urban space is subject to constant negotiation, motivated by divergent interests of different groups (governmental, nongovernmental, citizens, and so on). Urban space might even become a site of contestation.

In a rapidly changing and hyper-connected world, people have become global citizens. Seen from this context, nowadays it is often colliding local- and global interests that are at issue, and fuel processes of negotiation. Due to globalization, contemporary urban sensescapes are under threat of both homogenization (standardization of spaces) and heterogenization. In Amsterdam this is reflected in heated debates on the impact of increasing tourism and widespread gentrification in the city.

Amsterdam Series

This programme can be taken either alone or paired with/directly after Amsterdam Global City: 1500-1800. See the other programme page for more details.

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