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080132 VO+UE M520 Representations II: The Anthropology of Museums and Cultural Heritage in Europe (2017W)

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max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 04.10. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 11.10. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 18.10. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 25.10. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 08.11. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 15.11. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 22.11. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 29.11. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 06.12. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 13.12. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 10.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 17.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 24.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Wednesday 31.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is about the study of museums cultural heritage of/in Europe from an anthropological perspective. It will introduce the topic to the students and foster the understanding of heritage-related social phenomena.
It will take into consideration local and national examples of museums and musealisation processes as well as examples of UNESCO’s World Heritage items (with an emphasis on the so-called "intangible" heritage), with a focus on the analysis of both top-down/institutional policies and the responses to said policies at community level.

During the course, a significant number of case-studies from throughout Europe will be presented and discussed. Special attention will be devoted to the ethnographic investigations involving the study of cultural heritage making processes undertaken by the lecturer himself in Italy, Catalonia, and the Czech Republic.
Notions of "social memory", "identity", "tradition", and of course "museum" and "heritage" themselves will be critically examined and discussed during the lessons, with the support of the pertinent literature.

The provisional structure of the course will be the following:

a): How do we define and study museums and heritages anthropologically? Why is their study relevant?
b): The anthropology of memory, nostalgia, tradition, and identity.
c): Various types of museums, heritages, and heritage institutions.
d): Conclusions and further insights.

Assessment and permitted materials

Prüfungsimmanente LV - max. 2 x Fehlen erlaubt,
The students will be openly asked to actively participate in the teaching and learning processes. They will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute during the lessons and will also be given the opportunity to express their opinions voluntarily about the readings that will be handed out and read in itinere (25 points). Single students or small groups of students (2 to 3 people) will also be asked to present and discuss some articles chosen from the course literature (25 points). Nevertheless, the main learning methods will be attendance and participation in classes and the individual study.

The final assessment will be undertaken through an oral exam with the teacher (50 points). The exam will be held by means of questions/answers and discussions about the course and literature contents. Its purpose will be to ascertain the students’ knowledge of said contents, but also his/her capacity to acquire and autonomously use critical thinking and research methods.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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

The grade scale will be the following:

1 (excellent): 87,5 points or more
2 (very good): 75 to 87 points
3 (good): 62,5 to 74,5 points
4 (sufficient): 50 to 62 points
5 (not sufficient): 49,5 or less points

Examination topics

The students will be openly asked to actively participate in the teaching and learning processes. They will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute during the lessons and will also be given the opportunity to express their opinions voluntarily about the readings that will be handed out and read in itinere.

Single students or small groups of students (2 to 3 people) will also be asked to present and discuss some articles chosen from the course literature. Nevertheless, the main learning methods will be attendance and participation in classes and the individual study.

The exam will be held by means of questions/answers and discussions about the course and literature contents. Its purpose will be to ascertain the students’ knowledge of said contents, but also his/her capacity to acquire and autonomously use critical thinking and research methods.

Reading list

Compulsory readings:

S. Macdonald, Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today, Routledge, New-York-London 2013, (chapters 1-6, 9), 150 pp. circa

K. Kuutma, "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 2013, pp. 177-196

A. Testa, "From folklore to intangible cultural heritage. Observationsabout a problematicfiliation", in Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, n. 119 (3-4), 2016, pp. 183-204

Additional readings:
(every student will have to choose and study at home, or present in the class, at least one of the following texts in addition to the compulsory ones)

R. Bendix, "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 2009, pp. 253-269

C. Bortolotto, "ntroduction: le trouble du patrimoine culturel immatériel", in Id. (ed.), Le patrimoine culturel immatériel: enjeux d’une nouvelle catégorie, Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris 2011, pp. 21-43

C. Brumann, "Heritage agnosticism a third path for the study of cultural heritage", in Social Anthropology / Anthropology sociale, n. 22 (2), 2015, pp. 173-188

L. S. Fournier 2012, "The Impact of the Intangible Cultural Heritage UNESCO Policies in France", in Traditiones, n. 41 (2), pp. 193-206

M. Tauschek, "Reflections on the Metacultural Nature of Intangible Cultural Heritage", in Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, n. 5 (2), 2011, pp.49-64

A. Testa, "?Fertility and the Carnival 1: Symbolic Effectiveness, Emic Beliefs, and the Re-enchantment of Europe", in Folklore, n. 128 (1), 2017, pp. 16-36

A. Testa,"?Fertility' and the Carnival 2: Popular Frazerism and the Reconfiguration of Tradition in Europe Today", in Folklore, n. 128 (2), 2017

A. Testa, "L’impact de la création de patrimoines immatériels dans les différents domaines de la vie sociale : le cas des carnavals et les - fêtes de transition - en Europe", in proceedings of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Biennial Conference What does heritage change? Le patrimoine, ça change quoi?, 2-10 June 2016, Montréal, Canada

A. Testa, "Problemi e prospettive della ricerca demo-etno-antropologica su memoria sociale, (n)ostalgia, ritualità pubblica e patrimonio culturale immateriale nell’Europa post-socialista", in Lares, n. 82 (2), 2016, pp. 237-276

A. Testa, "È la ?tradizione' ancora buona da pensare? Riflessioni critiche su una nozione controversa", in AnnuaireRoumain d’Anthropologie,n. 53, 2016, pp. 63-91

A. Testa, "L’homme-cerf, l’ethnologue et le maire. Les politiques du folklore dans un contexte rural italien", in Folklores et politique.Approches comparées et réflexions critiques (Europes Amériques), S. Fiszer, D. Francfort, A. Nivière, J.-S. Noël (eds), Le Manuscrit, Paris 2014, pp. 99-120

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