Cultural Heritage and Memory Studies: Global Encounters

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Course Description: 

The course focuses on thematic and methodological overlap between academic disciplines of Cultural Heritage Studies and Memory Studies. It introduces students to parallels in development of both academic disciplines and discusses potential to enrich critical research skills by understanding how CH and MS interconnect. Both academic disciplines engage in approaching their research subjects and topics from a global perspective. The course critically discusses multiple meanings of global approach and encounters in Cultural Heritage and Memory Studies. It comparatively introduces students to case studies from across the world as well as concept and practices transfers across cultures and continents. The course demonstrates how both disciplines engage in studying tangibility, intangibility and global encounters of cultural heritage and memory. It discusses tangibility through case studies of cultural heritage destruction, (re-)construction and transformation and explains how memory studies approach the same theoretical problems and cases. The course further discusses how both disciplines approach studying memorialization and activism globally. It is designed to develop critical thinking, analytical, and academic writing skills by active participation into in-class discussions and an individual assignment.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able

-        to understand and reflect upon specifics of memory studies in relation to cultural heritage studies: their interconnection, overlap and focus shift;

-        to critically analyze, evaluate and use advanced methodological and theoretical concepts attributed to both disciplines (CHS and MS) relating to case studies from across the world;

-        to enhance critical thinking and reflect upon memory/heritage as global phenomena;

-        to contextually interpret contested memory/heritage sites, practices and narratives relating to their various creators and audiences;

-        to enhance advanced academic research and writing skills;


Pre-class assignment [reflection on assigned readings] (40%) 

Attendance and class participation (20%)

Final paper [2500 words] (40%)