Heritage and Society 1
Full course description
This course will address the question of how society deals with the past. In doing so, it will draw from Heritage Studies, Public History and Archeology Studies, Memory Studies and Museum Studies. The course discusses the transformation in heritage from an expert driven, nation-state and western oriented authorized heritage discourse to a more open, society oriented and therefore contested approach. Heritage is thus not understood primarily as a ‘site’ or ‘object’ but as a cultural process of meaning and memory making.
In Period 3 students will get an overview of the main theoretical concepts and methodologies used in the various fields. They will furthermore be introduced to the dominant stakeholders, actors and institutions operating in the heritage arena. In addition, they will discuss the most influential policies on the local, national and international level that have shaped the way heritage is defined, identified, produced, valued, managed, conserved and perceived.
At the end of the course you are able to:
- discuss the most influential policies on the local, national and international level that have shapedthe way heritage is defined, identified, produced, valued, managed, conserved and perceived;
- possess advanced knowledge of and insight into important issues and practices in the fields ofmemory, culture and heritage;
- use key theories, approaches, concepts and methodologies in Heritage Studies, Public History and Archeology Studies, Memory Studies and Museum Studies to discuss and understand key transformations in heritage and society;
- differentiate between the relevant stakeholders, actors and factors in memory and heritage practices.
- Connerton, P. (1989). How Societies Remember. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Kopytoff, I. (1986). The cultural biography of things: Commoditization as a process. In The social life of things. Commodities in cultural perspective, ed. A. Appadurai, 64–91. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Merriman, N. (2004). Public archaeology. London: Routledge.
- Smith, L. (2006) The Uses of Heritage, London and New York: Routledge
- C. Ernsten