Successful completion of at least 45 EC from the first year of the bachelor's programme in South and Southeast Asian Studies, including Seminar I: Classical Cultures of South and Southeast Asia. If you do not meet this requirement but would still like to take the course, please mail both the course coordinator (David Henley) and the BASSEAS Coordinator of Studies, explaining the reasons for your interest.
This seminar will introduce students to some of the key concepts, issues, debates, and literature surrounding the idea and politics of heritage. Bringing together both theoretical literature and case studies from South and Southeast Asia, the seminar will focus on a multi-layered set of questions around the theme of heritage: collection, representation, 'museumization', historicity, modernity, identity, memory, and conflict. Students will be exposed to pertinent literature from various disciplines, including history, art history, anthropology, and human geography. They will be shown how to understand heritage in terms of objects, traditions, narratives, frames, agendas, claims, and negotiations, and how to place heritage issues in cultural, social, political, and economic context. The format is inclusive and participatory. The majority of the seminars in the series are structured around interpretations and discussions of specific primary sources, led by second-year student presenters. Other seminars take as their starting points presentations of ongoing dissertation research by third year students.
to give students a good conceptual understanding of the idea of heritage
to introduce students to key texts and arguments surrounding heritage
to teach students to apply general knowledge of heritage issues to specific case studies and debates from South and Southeast Asia
to give students instruction and experience in analysing primary sources
to improve students' ability to review secondary literature in a comprehensive and critical way
to improve students' ability to present and contest arguments
to encourage students to relativize culturally and historically specific assumptions
to meet the need for a regular gathering of, and discussion among, all students of the South and Southeast Asian Studies programme at a stage when most of its other components are optional and specialized
to allow second year students to benefit directly from the experience and knowledge of the third year cohort
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Twelve seminars including short lectures, student presentations, and participatory discussions.
Attendance and participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.
Active participation in the seminar sessions
8 x short web postings (250-300 words)
1 x brief oral presentation (20 minutes)
Written assignment (2000-2500 words, not including bibliography)
Written examination (2 hours, essay questions
General participation: 5%
Weekly postings in response to set readings: 10%
Oral presentation: 10%
In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (= 6) or higher. A resit of the final examination (40%) is possible.
To be specified in the course syllabus.
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