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010081 VU Religious Heritage in East Asia (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


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Language: English


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Schriftlicher Prüfungstermin:
DO 06.06.2019_11.30-13.00_Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG

Monday 20.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Tuesday 21.05. 13:15 - 17:30 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Wednesday 22.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Thursday 23.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Friday 24.05. 11:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

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

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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

Examination topics

Reading list

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.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M02 Religionsgeschichtliche Spezialvorlesung

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