Ann-Sophie Andelfinger, M.A.

PhD project

Europe as a role model? The History of Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean, 1970-2019.
Modern tourism has ambivalent effects on an economic, ecological and cultural level. Instead of considering tourism as a highly complex, cultural phenomenon of everyday life, that has influenced the western world and globalized culture like no other practice, the term tourism is often understood and used synonymously with tourism industry. The project aims to analyse transformation processes and development stages of sustainable tourism at the example of four selected locations in the northern and southern Mediterranean regions. The focus here is on the popularization or democratization of sustainable tourism, the transformation process of a niche product made suitable for the masses. How and by which actors does this development take place and what are the effects?

About me

M.A. European Cultural Studies, University of Konstanz, Germany
Semester abroad as Visiting Student Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley USA
Thesis: Cultures of Remembrance of the ventennio fascista Through the Example of Predappio.
B.A. Italian Studies (major), Law (minor), University of Konstanz, Germany
Erasmus Semester Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Thesis: ‘Dante’ as Instance of Judgement in the Inferno.

Conference Management, Villa Vigoni, German-Italian Centre for European Dialogue, Menaggio, Italy
Office for research coordination and PR, Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Florence,Italy

Research Interests

Mediterranean Studies, History of Tourism and Sustainability, Italy, Memory Studies, Oral History


Stephen L. Harp: The Riviera, Exposed. An Ecohistory of Postwar Tourism and North African Labor, Histories and Cultures of Tourism, in: H-Soz-Kult, 20.12.2022.

Daam, Jasmin: Tourism and the Emergence of Nation-States in the Arab Eastern Mediterranean, 1920s–1930s Leiden 2022, ISBN 9789087283919, In: H-Soz-Kult, 22.12.2023.


Scholarship for doctoral project Dr. K. H. Eberle Research Centre "European Cultures in a Multipolar World"
PROMOS-scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as VSR UC Berkeley