NANT

3633

Whose Heritage: Contested Cultural Sites

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Whose Heritage?

Fall 2018

Taught By: Jennifer Scott

Section: A

CRN: 6992

Credits: 3

What does "culture" mean to those who produce it and those who consume it as tourists? Can sites, objects, and their histories simultaneously belong to a local community, a nation, and all humanity? How do culture-specific museums operate in a global context? How do mainstream museums address diversity? This course is an examination of the phenomenon of cultural heritage from an anthropological perspective, pairing specific cultural sites with questions central to anthropology. We begin with sites in New York City, including the American Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, Ellis Island, the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Weeksville Heritage Center. We then consider the meaning of "world heritage" and "universal value" as defined by UNESCO and focus on some of its World Heritage sites, including Chichen-Itza in Mexico, Angkor in Cambodia, Ghana's El Mina Slave Fort, and Pharaonic and Islamic monuments in Egypt. Through our case studies, we link the local to the global, exploring the role of public memory; the representation of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identities; the role of archaeology in constructing national identities; indigenous ownership of material culture; performance theory in historical re-enactment; and symbolism and iconography in site marking and the marking of tragic histories, such as slavery and wars.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:18pm 7/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/18/2018