The aim of this Seminar is to provide an introduction to a range of social anthropological and European ethnological perspectives on society through the lens of research on heritage. As such, the focus will be on themes that are important for broader social and cultural understanding, and that have been and continue to be the subject of various theoretical and methodological approaches. Broadly stated, these themes include: (1) change, stability and the role of the past; (2) politics, the state and other agencies; (3) globalization, post-colonialism and worlding; and (4) materiality, affect and the sensory. The Seminar will introduce a range of analytical concepts and theoretical perspectives through focus on specific topics and studies of tangible and intangible, cultural and natural, heritage. Theoretical perspectives will include: actor network theory, assemblage theory, functionalism, Marxism, performance theory, post-colonial theory, and sensory ethnography.
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Hafstein, Valdimar Tr. 2018 Making Intangible Heritage, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Hamm, Marion and Klaus Schönberger (eds) 2019 Contentious Heritages and Arts: A Critical Companion, Klagenfurt: Wieser Verlag.
Macdonald, Sharon 2018 ‘Heritage’, in H.Callan (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Macdonald, Sharon 2013 Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today London: Routledge.
Kavita Singh 2015 Museums, Heritage, Culture: Into the Conflict Zone, Amsterdam: Reinwardt.