Taught by cultural historians, art historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, and sociologists, the Dual Master's in Heritage and Memory Studies offers a professional, interdisciplinary programme in which you study heritage and memory from a critical, cultural-historic and spatial perspective.
Researching the past in the present
Around the world, a notable change has taken place in the arts and culture sector. Whilst the sector was once predominantly focused on museums, theatres and concert halls, we are now witnessing a pervasive musealisation and Disneyfication of landscapes, urban areas and buildings, and even of immaterial expressions of everyday culture. This makes our urban and rural environment increasingly stage-managed and nostalgic.
Playing into this are highly selective processes of heritage- and memory-making, enmeshed with identity politics and commercialisation. What importance is still given to the classic canon of art and culture, and to the conservation of archaeological records, monuments, interiors and works of art? How do national and European heritage policies engage with the issue of multiculturalism and of local versus global identity? Does the booming heritage tourism sector affect notions of authenticity and belonging? These questions are central to the Master's programme in Heritage and Memory Studies.
Heritage and Memory Studies at the UvA
In this programme, you will research the various meanings attached to heritage in a museological and educational context (i.e. listed buildings, theme parks, visual media and tourism) as well as its political use. Looking at, for example, the heritage and memory of the Second World War or of the colonial past, you will deal with the inherent frictions that come with historical 'layering', the quest for authenticity in the digital age, museological preservation, public and private management of heritage artefacts and the tourist experience.
You are encouraged to shape the programme to suit your own specific interests in the field. As a Dual Master's programme, the Master's in Heritage and Memory Studies offers a unique combination of practical experience, specialist knowledge and theoretical reflection, and an internship as a central component of the programme.
Heritage and Memory Studies is part of the accredited Master's programme in Heritage Studies. After successful completion of the programme, you will obtain a legally recognised Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
The Job Market
The Master's programme in Heritage and Memory Studies prepares students for a career in the world of cultural heritage in the broadest possible sense. Upon completion, they will be capable of functioning as qualified professionals in the field of cultural heritage.
Graduates possess the skills required to connect relevant insights from multiple disciplines and professional fields and apply them in practical situations. They possess the right qualifications for research/policy-related or coordinating positions in areas such as
- historical and archaeological preservation of listed buildings;
- museological (re)presentation of cultural heritage;
- cultural departments within governments;
- private institutions in the field of urban heritage;
- cultural landscape and industrial heritage;
- (social) media and communication;
- cultural tourism;
- academic research.
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Last updated October 11, 2018