For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!
You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please upgrade your browser. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing.

Dr. S.F.L. (Sophie) van Ginneken

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
Postal address
  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • Profile

    City of Sights: Amsterdam as tourist city (1840-today)


    Sophie van Ginneken is a PhD candidate in Architectural History at the Department of Art History at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016 she started her research project entitled City of Sights; the architectural image and performance of Amsterdam as a tourist city (1840-present)

    Thus far, tourism and tourist places have primarily been studied by geographers, anthropologists and sociologists. These accounts have provided important concepts, such as the ‘tourist gaze’ and the ‘enshrinement’ of buildings and urban spaces. While these studies attach considerable importance to image as well as spatial characteristics, the analyses of the image and the space itself – the architectural composition and spatial transformation of sites – remain a blank spot. This dissertation questions how architecture, as the visual and physical expression of Amsterdam’s identity, has played a pivotal role in the way the city has been perceived and consumed by tourists, and (re)planned for tourist ends.

    John Murray, Handbook for travellers in Holland and Belgium (19e druk, London), 1876.
  • Publications


    • van Ginneken, S. F. L. (2023). De toeristische blik op Amsterdam: De stad als 'sight' en 'site', 1840-2000. [Thesis, externally prepared, Universiteit van Amsterdam]. [details]
    This list of publications is extracted from the UvA-Current Research Information System. Questions? Ask the library or the Pure staff of your faculty / institute. Log in to Pure to edit your publications. Log in to Personal Page Publication Selection tool to manage the visibility of your publications on this list.
  • Ancillary activities
    • MOOI Noord-Holland
      adviseur ruimtelijke kwaliteit Commissie Wijdemeren