Policy and Politics of "Heritage"

Course Description: 

The course provides students with a current map of the global field of heritage and of its modern history, with particular attention to its key public and private actors, organizations, laws and regulations, institutional mechanisms, main current problems, dominant and alternative practices. The general academic purpose is to understand how the governance of cultural heritage works, in particular with respect to geographic scale, economic dependencies, and political mechanisms. The approach is interdisciplinary and critical, jointly mobilizing cutting edge research in sociology, history and anthropology to scrutinize heritage politics and policies as contingents product of human activity.

Learning Outcomes: 

Substantive outcomes: elements of the modern and contemporary history of policies of memory and cultural conservation.
Field-specific portable skills: students acquire a lexicon of sociological and political concepts (cultural policy, governance, governmentality, globalization, world society, cultural producer, profession, symbolic value, cultural capital, social field, geographical scale, state, regime, social power)
General portable skills: critical reading skills; writing essays (especially short essays or blog posts, in the conditions of connected scholarship I.e. under relatively strong time pressure); familiarization with audio-visual technologies for the dissemination of academic work (blogging, podcasting)


Participation and attendance (30%). A set of questions for discussion in class (20%). And either of the following two options: two blog posts on different subjects (25% each); or a podcast (50%).