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Michaël Deinema will defend his thesis on the evolution of the Netherlands’ key creative clusters throughout the 20th century and the historical roots of local competitive advantages in today’s Dutch and global cultural economy.

Event details of The Culture Business Caught in Place. Spatial Trajectories of Dutch Cultural Industries, 1899-2005
Date 19 June 2012
Time 10:00 -10:00
Location Agnietenkapel

In a rapidly globalizing world, knowledge-based and creative industries are becoming ever more important to the deindustrialized urban economies in the high-wage West.

This thesis analyzes the evolution of the Netherlands’ key creative clusters throughout the 20th century and the historical roots of local competitive advantages in today’s Dutch and global cultural economy. As such, it covers the modern period in a larger research project on the geo-historical evolution of Dutch cultural industries, Places and their Culture.

First the continuities and changes in the geographical landscape of employment in Dutch cultural industries are surveyed. Then two sectoral case studies focus on academic publishing and architectural design, exploring in-depth the mechanisms by which specialized knowledge is reproduced in cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Here the worldwide successes of publisher Elsevier and architect Rem Koolhaas amongst others are traced back to developments in these cities in the nineteenth century.

It is thus argued that a recognition of cities’ historical assets in the cultural economy is key to understanding the present and future place of the Dutch equivalents of cultural industry hotspots such as Fleet Street, Broadway or Hollywood.

Agnietenkapel

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam

Deelname

dhr. M.N. Deinema MA