Syllabus for Heritage Politics and Identity

Kulturarvspolitik och identitet

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KV705
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Conservation A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-06-07
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2018-04-16
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 16, 2018
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of Art History

Learning outcomes

The student should, after completing the course, be able to
regarding knowledge and understanding

  • critically reflect on the contested nature of heritage and especially its political implications and discuss this through relevant concepts,
  • understand how and why heritage is shaped by and involved in politics,
  • understand and account for the complexities of cultural heritage in a global context,
regarding competence and skills
  • describe and apply various heritage discourses, and to think beyond eurocentric definitions and accounts of cultural heritage and conservation,
  • independently collect information and material for and produce and present a short essay on a subject relevant to the theme of the course,
regarding judgement and approach
  • relate to critical approaches to heritage and its political implications, and
  • value and address different and alternative heritage practices and conceptualisations,
  • demonstrate awareness of and assess ethical issues related to identity and ethnicity in research within the field of cultural heritage and sustainability.

Content

This course primarily involves aspects of social and cultural sustainability, and focuses on cultural heritage as a political power in relation to identity and belonging. The course provides students with a better understanding of the complex relationships of cultural heritage and people in society, especially those relationships involving authority and power. It will also provide students with tools for unpacking these complexities, through critical approaches to heritage and conservation, expressed in contemporary debates and exemplified by case studies from different parts of the world. During the course, students will encounter heritage in relation to nationalism, colonialism and postcolonialism. A special emphasis is on balancing the dominating eurocentric material focused heritage discourse, by presenting alternative approaches to and foundations for heritage, and explore issues such as tangible and intangible heritage, identity, authenticity, ownership, and cultural and minority as well as human rights.
 

Instruction

The course will consist of seminars, lectures and excursions. There may be an excursion outside of Gotland.  Active participation in seminars, group work and excursions is compulsory. Absence from any of these will need to be compensated.
 

Assessment

Assessment will be based on active participation in seminars and written assignments. Grades will be given in accordance with the Swedish grading system. The following grades will be used: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

 

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 16, 2018

Mandatory literature

  • Aykan, Bahar Patenting Karagöz : Unesco, nationalism and multinational intangible heritage

    Part of:

    International journal of heritage studies : IJHS.

    vol. Vol. 21 (2015) nr. 10

    pp. 949-961

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    Mandatory

  • Byrne, Denis Western Hegemony in Archaeological Heritage Management

    Part of:

    History and anthropology.

    New York: Harwood Academic Publ., 1984-

    vol. vol. 5 (1991)

    pp. 269.276 Alternative: Fairclough, Graham, Rodney Harrison, John H. Jameson and John Schofield (eds) The Heritage Reader Routledge, 2008 s. 229-234

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    Mandatory

  • Silverman, Helaine; Ruggles, D. Fairchild Cultural heritage and human rights

    New York: Springer, 2007

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Gordillo, Gastón. Rubble : the afterlife of destruction

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2014

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Harrison, Rodney Heritage : critical approaches

    Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Long, Colin; Labadi, Sophia Heritage and globalisation

    Abingdon: Routledge, c2010.

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    Mandatory

  • Holtorf, Cornelius Averting loss aversion in cultural heritage

    Part of:

    International journal of heritage studies : IJHS.

    vol. Vol. 21 (2015) nr. 4

    pp. 405-421

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    Mandatory

  • Tucker, Hazel; Carnegie, Elizabeth World Heritage and the Contradictions of "Universal Value"

    Part of:

    Annals of tourism research : a social science journal

    New York: Pergamon Press, 1974-

    vol. Vol. 47 (2014)

    pp. 63-76

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    Mandatory

  • Winter, Tim Beyond Eurocentrism : Heritage Conservation and the Politics of Difference

    Part of:

    International journal of heritage studies : IJHS.

    vol. Vol. 20 (2014) nr. 2

    pp. 123-137

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    Mandatory

Additional literature of no more than 200 pages may be distributed during the course.

Reference literature

  • Harrison, Rodney Understanding the politics of heritage

    Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.

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  • Meskell, Lynn Global heritage : a reader

    Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2015

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