Heritage and its Entanglements: Representing, Collecting, and Preserving Cultural Identity

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Course Title

Heritage and its Entanglements: Representing, Collecting, and Preserving Cultural Identity

Author(s)

Henderson, J and Klimaszewski, C.

Institution Where Taught

Cornell University

Semester or Date Taught

Spring

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http://courses.cornell.edu/search_advanced.php?cur_cat_oid=33&search_database=Search&search_db=Search&cpage=1&ecpage=1&ppage=1&spage=1&tpage=1&location=33&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=ethic

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Course Number

ANTHR 4460/7460, ARKEO 7460

Course Description

An exploration of the ways that cultural heritage is embodied in things, particularly archaeological landscapes, sites, and artifacts.   Identifying stakeholders in relation to collecting and controlling these things and representing heritage is a key focus:  what voices should states and other political entities have?  local residents? descendants?  How should descendants be identified?  Other key topics include looting and the market in smuggled antiquities; repatriation; the ethics of studying and publishing looted objects; community engagement; forces that destroy heritage and strategies for preserving it; re-invented and imagined heritage.  These issues will be examined using the collections of the Johnson Museum of Art and through case studies, including Colonial Williamsburg, African Burial Ground, Harriet Tubman House, the ancient Maya, and archaeology in the Third Reich.

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