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as of 6/30/2022

HERITAGE: DYNAMICS OF COLLECTIONS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - University College, Utrecht - 'Univ. College Utrecht'
UC Course SubjectArt History
Anthropology
Number & Suffix: 101
Full UC Title: HERITAGE: DYNAMICS OF COLLECTIONS 
Transcript Title: HERITAGE:COLLECTION 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course focuses on heritage as a global phenomenon that includes both old and newer public museum collections, heritage sites, and intangible cultural heritage. The course examines historical collection formation, classification, preservation, and mediation processes, through case studies from Europe and beyond. The course uses the British Museum, the first public museum in the world, as the centerpiece. Part I provides an historical framework for the case studies. Interdisciplinary approaches are used to trace the connections between seventeenth century kunstkammers (and representations) and twentieth century modernisms. The British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Tate Modern are used to gain first-hand insight and understanding of the contemporary dynamics of museums and heritage. Part II examines the globalization of cultural heritage which includes the production of new forms; branch museum formation, architectural innovation and renovation as part of the repositioning of institutions worldwide; the mediation and personalization of historical collections and renovated spaces, including artists’ engagement with them; the ethics of cultural property, custodianship, donation, sharing, conservation, and questions of repatriation. Students carry out research on one such process linked to one of the London cases, contextualized and informed by scholarly methods and theories addressing global cultural heritage. A three day field trip to London during the mid-term break provides students with unique insight into the global connections and concerns of three major heritage institutions. The excursion prepares students for their individual research papers that analyze a heritage issue at one of the London museums. After the mid-term break students work through the case material from the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Tate Modern, in the light of assigned literature and finalize their individual research essay topic. Weekly seminars on globalization of cultural heritage topics are combined with individual supervision of the research essay. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: 'HERITAGE': DYNAMICS OF COLLECTIONS 
Partner University Department: Humanities 
Partner University Course Number: UCHUMHAR32