Heritage and Society 2
Full course description
This course focuses on ‘Challenges to contemporary heritage’. Its aim is to discuss and understand key transformations in - and challenges to - 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 material expressions of heritage, the problem of ownership and the shifting role of experts.
The lectures and seminars in period 4 will revolve around the following questions: What gives meaning to the past? How can we understand the processes that turn historical events, cultural objects and practices into heritage? Whose heritage is it? How to deal with controversial heritage? 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. The link with the professional heritage world will be established through guest lectures and project engagement, allowing for the practical application of the theoretical insights developed during Heritage and Society I.
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 Critical Heritage and Museum Studies, Public History and Archaeology Studies, and Memory 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 develop and present a cultural project in which meaningful connections are made between theory and practice;
- communicate research to professional stakeholders.
Heritage and Society 1
Connerton, P. (1989). How Societies Remember. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dominguez Rubio, F. (2021). Still Life: Ecologies of the Modern Imagination at the Art Museum. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Merriman, N. (2004). Public archaeology. London and New York: Routledge.
Smith, L. (2006). The Uses of Heritage. London and New York: Routledge.