Universität Wien FIND

010081 VU Religious Heritage in East Asia (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 21.05. 13:15 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Mittwoch 22.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Freitag 24.05. 09:45 - 15:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Freitag 24.05. 17:15 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The course explores the following broad topics and questions:
 The heritageisation of religious places and its connection to religious tourism. Is this a revival of religion or a tool used by governments to manage religious sites?
 What are the cultural, social, and political phenomena reinforcing religious tourism?
 Is the visiting of religious heritage a form of spirituality or consumerism?
 The museification of religious artefacts. Does their function change once objects are collected and exhibited in museums?

Main themes
This introductory course focuses on examples from Japan, Korea, and China, and their religious traditions.
1. The transformation of religious places and objects into heritage. Opening questions
2. Religious heritage tourism. Case study: Buddhist temple-stay programs
3. Tensions between religious traditions and rituals, and heritage management principles. Case study: the ritual reconstruction of Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples, and the debate about the authenticity of built heritage.
4. Religious objects as museum artefacts. Case study: East Asian Buddhist statues
5. Religious rituals designated as intangible heritage. Case studies: Ancestor worship in South Korea; Shamanic rituals in South Korea

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Course assessment
Class participation (20%); a 90-minutes written examination (80%).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Class participation (20%); a 90-minutes written examination (80%).



Introductory reading
Guo, Chao. “Tourism and the spiritual philosophies of the ‘Orient’.” In Timothy, Dallen J., and Daniel H. Olsen (eds.), Tourism, religion and spiritual journeys. Routledge, 2006. 121-138.

Hall, Michael C. “Buddhism, tourism and the middle way.” In Timothy, Dallen J., and Daniel H. Olsen (eds.), Tourism, religion and spiritual journeys. Routledge, 2006. 172-185.

Leppakari, Maria, and Kevin A. Griffin, eds. Pilgrimage and Tourism to Holy Cities: Ideological and Management Perspectives. Cabi, 2016.

Olsen, Daniel H. "Heritage, tourism, and the commodification of religion." Tourism Recreation Research 28.3 (2003): 99-104.

---. Management issues for religious heritage attractions.” In Timothy, Dallen J., and Daniel H. Olsen (eds.), Tourism, religion and spiritual journeys. Routledge, 2006. 104-118.

Raj, Razaq, and Kevin A. Griffin, eds. Religious tourism and pilgrimage management: An international perspective. Cabi, 2015.
Timothy, Dallen J., and Stephen W. Boyd. "Heritage tourism in the 21st century: Valued traditions and new perspectives." Journal of heritage tourism 1.1 (2006): 1-16.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

066 800 M02 Religionsgeschichtliche Spezialvorlesung

Letzte Änderung: Di 05.03.2019 10:27