Interpreting History and Heritage

Course Level: 
Master’s
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2022-2023
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
2
Course Description: 

This course explores one of the major concerns in our contemporary world, namely, the politized conceptual uses of history and heritage. As heritage is the focal point of legislation to protect antiquities as well as carries high value for tourismit often becomes a critical matter in conceptions of ethnic and national identities. In this context, this course provides an anthropological overview of history and the past in today's world by exploring the heritage concept in the light of most recent literature and debatesOverall, the course emphasizes the changing role of heritage in social relations, and accordingly employs examples from around the globe and asks students to critically engage with theories of history and case studies on heritage.