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Digital Heritage


Admission requirements

There are no additional requirements.

This course has replaced the course Topical Course Artists’ Writings (2022-2023).


In this course, we will delve into the ways in which digital technologies are transforming how we interact with, preserve, and pass on our cultural heritage. We will look at the role of digital databases and online archives in making vast amounts of historical and cultural information accessible to anyone with an internet connection. For example, the Google Art Project, which provides high-resolution images of artworks from museums around the world, or Europeana, a digital platform that provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more from European archives, libraries and museums. Another key topic will be the use of virtual and augmented reality in presenting heritage to scholars and the general public. We will explore cases like the virtual reconstruction of cases from an urban house in 17th-century Amsterdam to the ancient city of Rome to discuss how VR and AR can help us experience heritage in a new way. Finally, we will discuss the ethical considerations and challenges that come with digitizing cultural heritage. This includes issues around the biases rooted in the collections, the problematic use of digital technologies for cultural appropriation, and the importance of ensuring that digital heritage initiatives are inclusive and representative of diverse cultures and histories.

Course objectives

Students will:

  • Acquire insight into a variety of theories, debates, and practices in preserving and presenting cultural heritage in the digital world;

  • Analyse and understand various scholarly positions and practices in applying digital technology to heritage;

  • Position oneself in relation to these;

  • Develop skills in oral presentation while defending viewpoints and arguments with regard to artworks and their display in museums, galleries, exhibitions, etc.;

  • Present an analytical scholarly paper related to the course objectives.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture and seminar course with analysis and discussion of readings.

Attendance is compulsory. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of two seminars, provided they present a valid reason beforehand. Students who have missed more than two seminars will have to apply to the Examination Board of the BA Arts and Culture in order to obtain permission to further follow and complete the course.

Assessment method


  • One individual paper of 2000 words


  • One individual paper of 2000 words: 100%.
    Grades below 6 are not allowed.


A resit/ rewrite can be done for the individual assignment if failed (lower than a 6.0).

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading List

Course materials will be published on Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Student administration Arsenaal.