Heritage and Society 2
Full course description
Period 4 will focus on the practical application of the theoretical insights developed during Heritage and Society I. During this course, the link with the professional heritage world will be established through guest lectures and project engagement. The lectures and seminars will revolve around the following questions: How can we understand the processes that turn historical events, cultural objects and practices into heritage? What gives meaning to the past? Who are the experts? Whose heritage is it? The main focus in this part of the course rests on discussing and understanding key transformations in heritage and society. This includes the transition from the local to the global (and back), the move from social to cultural memory, altering views on expertise and the shifting role of experts. Discussing those transformations will allow students to understand at the end of the course why heritage has become such an important aspect of contemporary society.
Job Profile: Heritage is a booming business, in research (demonstrated by the rise of memory and heritage studies) as in think tanks, the media and independent consultancies. Since questions of heritage preservation are often linked with questions of infrastructure, there is a growing need for graduates with expertise in this field.
At the end of the course you are able to:
- 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;
- possess advanced knowledge of and insight into important issues and practices in the fields of memory, 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.