International Institute for Asian Studies
MA courses on Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe

Over the last few years, IIAS has been intensively engaged with Leiden University and targeted Asian partners in the development of a programme that combines two interrelated master’s in heritage studies, at Leiden University and an Asian partner university, respectively. The Asian partners involved are Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, National Taiwan University (Taiwan) and Yonsei University in South Korea.

As of September 2013 it has become possible for students to opt for the focus on Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe within the Leiden University MA in Asian Studies. The curriculum includes courses in critical approaches to heritage studies and heritage and policy making, as well as a number of electives that focus on heritage management, specific subjects/regions of Asia, and/or the study of Asian languages. Inspired and supported by the IIAS Asian Heritages research cluster, the curriculum allows students to explore the contested character of all representations of culture, the plurality of notions of heritage in Asian and European contexts, and the way distinct and conflicting values of indigenous, local communities and official state discourses are negotiated.

The Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe focus is supervised by Dr Adele Esposito from IIAS and the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).

The programme is inspired and supported by the IIAS Asian Heritages research cluster, which explores the contested character of all representations of culture, the plurality of notions of heritage in Asian and European contexts, and the way distinct and conflicting values of indigenous, local communities and official state discourses are negotiated in terms of historical, ethnic, religious, social, economic, and political values.


For information about the specialisation History, Arts and Culture of Asia, see http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/history-arts-and-culture-of-asia.
NOTE: Students who want to  apply for admission are requested to add: “Critical Heritage Studies” on the application form provided on the Master's in Leiden website.

For more information, please contact Dr. Adele Esposito (adeleesposito@yahoo.fr).

Date
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Location
Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands