Heritage and public history

Course Code :1073FLWGES
Study domain:History
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an odd year
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:3
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bert De Munck

3. Course contents *

This course examines the place of history and heritage in the public sphere and in commercial products. The analysis concentrates on the translation of scientific insights into products for a larger audience like vulgarizing books, exhibitions, documentaries and websites. In addition, the interaction with and experience of the past in the media, tourism, culture and daily life in a more general sense, is reflected upon, including in the light of the difference between historical research, on the one hand, and heritage and collective memory, on the other. The red thread through the course is the tension between a scientific academic approach and the 'experiences' and ‘practices’ of a larger audience. The central questions are 1) how the past is represented in different media and in different (institutional and other) contexts and 2) what kind of past is given form in the translation to a larger audience.