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DCH 512: Tangible and Intangible Heritage






Language of Intruction


Course Description and Aims

Cultural Heritage is the sum of tangible and intangible attributes and traditions of a society as it is passed from generation to generation continuously enhancing its legacy. This course aims at introducing participants to major themes in heritage research. During the duration of the course tutors and guest lecturers will lead students to explore key research topics and problems in the study of both tangible and intangible aspects of culture. The juxtaposition of tangible culture (art, architecture, minor arts etc) to the remains and traditions of intangible culture (songs, oral tradition etc) will be at the core of the course’s seminar like organization as it will expose them to challenging research concepts and applications. Students will be encouraged to think outside the methodological boundaries of traditional disciplines and to employ advances in interdisciplinary research approaches.

Besides lecture topics offered by the instructor and guest lecturers, the course will be primarily student-driven with each participant assuming a class research topic which will be presented in class during the last meetings of the course. This semester long course will be organized in 2.5-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:


Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)

1.    Course description, goals and topics.
2.    What is Cultural Heritage?
3.    Tangible attributes.
4.    Intangible attributes.
5.    Major themes and problems in Cultural Heritage research.
6.    Cultural Heritage research in the Eastern Mediterranean.
7.    The case of Cyprus in context.
8.    Student presentations.
9.    Student presentations.
10.  Student presentations.


Grade Distribution

60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class


Selected bibliography

  • Sorensen, Marie Louise and Carman John (eds). Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches. London and New York: Routledge, 2009
  • Silverman , Helaine and Ruggles,  D. Fairchilds (eds). Intangible Heritage Embodied. London and New York: Springer, 2009
  • Smith, Melanie and Robinson, Mike (eds). Cultural Tourism in a Changing World: Politics, Participation and (re)presentation, Tourism and Cultural Change. Clevendon: Channel View Publications, 2006.
  • Benton, Tim (ed). Understanding Heritage and Memory. Manchester: MUP, 2010
  • Tilley, Chris, Keane, Webb, Kuechler, Sussane, Rowlands, Mike and Spyer, Patricia. Handbook of Material Culture. London: SAGE publications 2006
  • Harrison, Rodney. Heritage: Critical Approaches, London: Routledge, 2012
  • Macdonald, Sharon. Memory lands, Heritage and Identity in Europe Today, London: Routledge, 2013
  • Kalay, Yehuda, Kvan, Thomas and Affleck, Janice. New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage. New York: Routledge 2007
  • Alivizatou, Marilena . “Intangible Heritage and Erasure: Rethinking Cultural Preservation and Contemporary Museum Practice”, International Journal of Cultural Property, 18, pp 37-60. doi:10.1017/S094073911100004X.
  • Stefano, Michelle L., Davis, Peter and Corsane, Gerard (eds). Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. Newcastle: The Boydell Press,  2011
  • Smith, L. and Akagawa, N. (eds). Intangible Heritage. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Knell, Simon. Museums in the Material World. London: Routledge, 2008
  • Nobuo, Ito. ‘Intangible cultural heritage involved in tangible cultural heritage’ in 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites, 27 – 31. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 2003
  • Kurin, Richard. ‘Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage’.  in 2003 UNESCO Convention, A critical appraisal, Museum International, Volume 56, Issue 1-2, (May:2004), pages 66–77.
  • Lenzerini, Federico. ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage: The Living Culture of Peoples’., in Oxford Journals, European Journal of International Law, Volume 22, Issue 1 , (2011), Pp. 101-120
  • Ahmad, Yahaya. “The Scope and Definitions of Heritage: From Tangible to Intangible”, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3, (May:2006), pp. 292–300, Taylor & Francis, 2006