Seminar Studying Arts and Heritage:Entering the Field
Full course description
This module introduces the fields of arts & heritage from an interdisciplinary perspective. Important theories, concepts and debates in arts & heritage are introduced, studied and discussed. Students will encounter research and debates from history and art history, sociology of art, cultural economics, heritage studies, memory studies and conservation studies. The module makes an explicit connection between academic research and practices in the field: how can we critically study arts & heritage practices, what are the implications of the findings of academic research for practice and what are the implications of developments in practice for academic research? The core topic of the seminar is the value, meaning, function, appreciation, use, interpretation and presentation of arts and heritage. Practices that are covered are: funding: state and/or market; studying the field: cultural statistics; cultural policy; conservation and authenticity: tangible and intangible heritage; dissonant heritage, world heritage and lieu de mémoire. The practice of cultural policy will also be studied in a hands-on way in the professional workshop.
At the end of the course, students are able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant academic disciplines studying the field of arts & heritage and key debates, definitions, theories, methods and concepts in these disciplines;
- critically analyse and understand the position and role of the diverse actors and factors in professional arts and heritage practices;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of policy programmes (in governments and private foundations) in the field of arts and heritage;
- identify, describe, contextualize, analyse and compare issues related to developing policy goals, choosing policy instruments and measuring eﬀects;
- produce and justify an independent critical judgement related to the topics and practices mentioned above;
- use management skills in the areas of policy evaluation and fundraising.
Klamer, A. (ed) (1996). The Value of Culture. On the relationship between economics and arts. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press and Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press
Maanen, H. van (2009). How to Study Art Worlds: On the Societal Functioning of Aesthetic Values. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Smith, L. (2006). Uses of Heritage. Abingdon: Routledge.