World Heritage and Conflict

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Doel vak

• In this introductory course students acquire knowledge and
understanding of the theoretical foundations of the field of heritage
studies and are introduced to the main (inter)national political and
public debates surrounding heritage practices, with a special focus on
• Students acquire basic knowledge of site-specific inter(national)
heritage policy in its historic and cultural context;
• Through the analysis of Heritage Sites, students gain
insight in processes of site-specific research, canonisation,
musealisation, and possible sources of conflict concerning world
heritage status;
• On the basis of their newly acquired knowledge, students are able to
compare and reflect critically upon individual case studies in their
final paper;
• Students develop skills in both textual and visual analysis and
presentation techniques.

Inhoud vak

In this course students are made familiar with the (inter)national
political framework that shapes our contemporary interaction with and
debates on cultural heritage. The meaning of the concept of heritage has
radically changed throughout the years, it has grown from ‘monument’ to
the slightly larger concept of ‘site’, to ‘setting’, areas and cities
and finally to landscape. But today, heritage can also refer to
immaterial culture: practices, stories, theatre, etcetera. In this
course however, we will talk about a very specific category of heritage:
UNESCO World Heritage. What makes the concept of World Heritage
exceptional is its universal application? UNESCO claims that World
Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of
the territory on which they are located. During this course we will
focus on the way in which UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification,
protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the
world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. By discussing
critically recent academic, political and public debates on individual
World Heritage Sites that somehow have become sites of conflict, you
will reflect upon what is called the ‘heritage paradox’ - the constant
tension between processes of signification, appropriation and sharing,
the management of future changes and the urge to protect the relics of
the past. Three aspects of world
heritage will be central in this course:
• Outstanding Universal Value(OUV) and the supranational character of
world heritage
• Experience and enjoyment of world heritage: tourism
• World heritage under threat: conflict


Lectures and guest lectures, seminars, excursions.


Participation & weekly assignments (10%);
poster presentation & discussion (20%); final paper (70%).

Vereiste voorkennis

This course is mandatory for bachelor students MKDA (Media, Art, Design
and Architecture).
This course is an elective in the theme 'Heritage and Memory' for
Bachelor students in History.
For international exchange students a basic knowledge of (art) history
is required (on level 200-300).


Marie-Theres Albert and Birgitta Ringbeck, 40 Years World Heritage
Convention. Popularizing the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage
De Gruyter 2015 (DOI (Book):
Other course literature to be announced.


BA2 History students, BA2 and BA3 MKDA students, International
humanities students, level 200-300.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAGES207
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. L.R. Egberts
Examinator dr. L.R. Egberts
Docenten dr. L.R. Egberts
prof. dr. G.L.M. Burgers

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