Universität Wien FIND

080006 VU B420 Theories of Culture: Anthropology of Cultural and Natural Heritage (2019W)

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 01.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 08.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 15.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 22.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 29.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 05.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 12.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 19.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 26.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 03.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 07.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 14.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 21.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Tuesday 28.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims to delve into the meaning and values attributed to places and objects of the past as well as natural landscapes and sites which are currently defined as "Heritage". During the lectures it will be discussed the role that Cultural and Natural Heritage has taken on in the EU policies as a system of economic development, and as an instrument to enhance transcultural dialogue within different societies.
The course offers the students the opportunity to acquire a critical thinking of the social phenomena linked to the construction of the past. In addition, students will be encouraged to linger on the intertwined connections between the intangible and
tangible aspects of the so-called "Natural Heritage". Attention will be paid to the study of the political dimension of Cultural and Natural Heritage as well as to the implications of anthropology, archaeology, history, and environmental discourses imbued in the practices of heritagization and identity construction.
Furthermore, the course explores the relationship between culture, landscape, territory, and memory encouraging the students to take on a critical approach to the analysis of what is really at play in the processes of making heritage.
Through the analysis of some case studies, we will try to answer the questions: "what is heritage? Who are the social actors involved in the interpretation and negotiation of the object of the past? Who is in charge of cultural or natural heritage? How archaeologists are responsible for creating the past?" and many more.
Finally, to implement the process of critical analysis, the students will be asked to actively participate to the discussions by presenting small presentations in class.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Compulsory participation in the course units for preparation and follow-up (max. 2 Fehleinheiten).
- Text Reading and active participation (inputs, debate).
- The students will have to choose a case study for a short research that will be presented as poster session during the classes.
- Writing a final research report of 4,500/5,000.

Notenzusammensetzung:
55 points for final exposé
30 points for short research and poster presentation
15 points for active participation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Für den erfolgreichen Abschluss der Lehrveranstaltung sind mindestens 50 von 100 möglichen Punkten zu erreichen.

Notenskala:
>= 87,5 very good (1)
>= 75 good (2)
>= 62,5 satisfactory (3)
>= 50 enough (4)
< 50 not enough (5)

Examination topics

Reading list

Bendix R. (2009) "Heritage between economy and politics: An assessment from the perspective of cultural anthropology", in Smith L., Akagawa N. (eds), Intangible Heritage, Routledge, London-New York, pp. 253-269.

Bindi L., Ballacchio K. "Animals and/or Humans. Ethnography and Mediation of ‘Glocal’ Conflicts in the Carresi of Southern Molise (Italy)", Cultural Heritage. Scenarios 2015-2017 Simona Pinton and Lauso Zagato (edited by) Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venezia, pp. 161- 176.

Byrne D. and Ween G. B. (2015) "Bridging Cultural and Natural Heritage", in Global Heritage: A Reader, Ed. by Lynn Meskell, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 94-111.

Heatherington T. (2012) "!Remodeling the Fortress of Conservation? Living Landscapes and the New Technologies of Environmental Governance", Anthropological Forum Vol. 22, No. 2.

Herzfeld M. (2016) Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics and the Real Life of States, Societies, and Institutions, Routledge, third edition. Chapter 6 "Cultural intimacy and the meaning of Europe".
Kuutma K. (2013) "The Politics of Contested Representation: UNESCO and the Masterpieces of Intangible Cultural Heritage", in D. Hemme, M. Tauschek, R. Bendix (eds.), Prädikat "Heritage": Wertschöpfungen aus kulturellen Ressourcen, LIT, Berlin, pp. 177-196
Macdonald S. (2013) Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today Routledge, New-York-London, (chapters 1-6, 9), 150 pp. circa
Meskell L. and Brumann C. (2015) "UNESCO and New World Orders", in Global Heritage: A Reader, Ed. by Lynn Meskell, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 22-42. Smith L., Waterton E. (2012) Heritage, Communities and Archaeology, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Chapter 2: "Material culture, memory and identity".
Welz G. (2017) European Products. Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus, Berghan Books, Chapters 2, 5 and 6.

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