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 why heritage has become such an important aspect of contemporary society. Towards the end of the course, students will hold group presentations, and reflect on their projects via an individually written paper.
At the end of the course, students 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;
- demonstrate advanced knowledge of and insight into important issues and practices in the fields of memory, culture and heritage - and apply those insights in the context of a cultural project;
- 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;
- professionally present a cultural project in which meaningful connections are made between theory and practice.
Heritage and Society 1
Connerton, P. (1989). How Societies Remember. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kopytoﬀ, I. (1986). The cultural biography of things: Commoditization as a process. In A. Appadurai (ed.), The social life of things. Commodities in cultural perspective (pp. 64–91). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Merriman, N. (2004). Public archaeology. London and New York: Routledge.
Smith, L. (2006). The Uses of Heritage. London and New York: Routledge