The Anthropology of Heritage

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CHSP 5047
Course Description: 

Cultural Anthropology is the study of the way people function socially within the culture(s) that surround them, today and in the past. Thus, understanding the social structures within which people organize their lives offers a critical perspective on how they relate to many aspects of cultural heritage. No single course can ever hope to cover the multiplicity of ways we interact with each other. Thus, this course is designed to provide examples and case studies of cultural anthropological thinking with regard to some key areas of this vast social science discipline. The two lecturers will provide insight into the theoretical and practical aspects of their own research areas and will introduce students to other useful case studies from around the world.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

1.            identify the key elements of the disciplines of cultural and social anthropology.

2.            describe the contribution that these disciplines make to understanding heritage

3.            demonstrate understanding of approaches to, and methods in, heritage anthropology

4.            apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of anthropology of heritage.


* Students need to attend each course (more than 2 absences mean a fail).

For Dr. Tamás Régi (1st part): By the end of the seventh week students will have to write a minimum 500 words long essay on one of the theoretical concepts (culture, magic, society, nostalgia, tradition, mobility, tourism etc.) discussed during Part 1 of the classes. The essay should demonstrate a critical thinking towards the discussed concept and should also demonstrate that the author has read the related literature from the list above.

For Dr. Zsuzsanna Árendás (2nd part):  Students are required to read for each class (applicable for Part 2- except practice oriented classes), usually one article per class with additional readings (as optional). Each student has to send a short reflection (1 paragraph) on the week’s reading with a questions to be discussed in the class. This has to be emailed to the course instructor 1 day (24-hours in advance).

* Students will be required to produce a final paper (10 pages) at the end of the course, this will be the result of their course project on materiality, migration and narratives discussed later during the course.

* Students will be required to make: 1. an interview with a migrant living in Budapest, 2. with a classmate about her migrant experiences, 3. write their own narrative, on a ‘Mobile Object’, or on ‘The Object which Tells about My Story of Migration’, or ‘The Objects Which Reminds Me of Home’. Interview methods, length, and other details will be discussed during the class.

* As an option, students may prepare a podcast instead of a final paper (approx.. length 20 min) on the same subject.

* At the end of the course, students will showcase their work for each other, in case photos are taken of the mobile objects, a photographic exhibition may be organized at CEU, to present our work for the larger CEU community.