Internationale cursus: Challenging Eternity

World heritage, urbanistic interventions and the city of Rome

Date: 12-22 June 2015

Deadline for applications: 26 January 2015

Instruction general
Course elements: Ten-days excursion to Rome (12th – 22nd of June 2015). Students from Dutch universities also do a preparatory three day course in Amsterdam (22th – 24th of April 2015).
Credits: 9 ects for students at Dutch universities and 6 ects for other students (who don’t take the three day course in Amsterdam).
Language of tuition: English.
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. G.L.M. Burgers.
Teaching staff: Prof. Dr. G.L.M. Burgers.
Prof. Dr. J.E. Bosma.
Teaching method(s): Seminar, excursion, lectures, student presentations,
assignments and essays.
Place: Amsterdam, Rome.
Course material: Reader.
Site visits: In Rome, apart from excursions to major monuments and urbanistic interventions, visits will be arranged to sites that have aroused debate from a heritage perspective or at which particular management and presentation programs can be examined at
first hand.
Examinations: On-site student presentations, paper, reflective essay (all in Rome).

Course objective
Rome is the city par excellence to study the complex interrelations between urban development, heritage politics and the preservation and transformation of cultural heritage. The aim of this course is a better understanding of the historical roles that cultural heritage has fulfilled within the broader framework of national and European identity construction. Next to that, the students develop their own view of how ancient and recent heritage can be preserved and transformed within a setting of urban dynamism and rapid transformations.

Course content
Rome is one of the oldest cities in Europe and its cultural heritage embodies classical and modern ideals, which have left their imprint on the city. But its appearance and structure are also shaped by the daily realities typical of an ever expanding Mediterranean metropolis. Rome is a city of contrasts where old and new, past and present, come together and sometimes clash.

The course elaborates on the following themes:
1. Sites and monuments: Making the students familiar with the major sites, monuments and urbanistic interventions in Rome
2. History and Concepts: Evaluation of the concept of heritage and its history.
3. Heritage, politics and nationalism: History of the use of Rome’s heritage for national and other political purposes.
4. Urban development: History of the urban development of Rome and its problematic relation to archaeology
5. Heritage, History and the Public: Ethics and methods of communication with the audience.
6. Challenges for future management: Marrying urban development with heritage management; new heritage concepts (landscape), urban landscape archaeology, outreach, heritage management and citizenship.
7. Design Interventions: programming old and new functions and spatial claims of stakeholders and preparing interventions for/with designers.

Major components of the course
An introductory seminar and a three-days crash course on heritage issues and Rome´s history and topography will be presented at Amsterdam for students from Dutch universities (22nd, 23th and 24th of April 2015). Students studying at non-Dutch universities only participate in the ten-days excursion to Rome (12th till 22th of June 2015).

The course is a joint initiative of CLUE+, the master Heritage Studies at VU University Amsterdam, the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) and Herity International. It is open for credit to students from the Netherlands and abroad (in particular MA and ReMA students), with an interest in the relation between Archaeology, (Art and Architectural) History, Heritage Studies and Urban Planning and Urban or Landscape Design. Students were asked to write an application letter, containing their motivation, education, c.v. and list of marks and to fill in an application form. The teaching staff compared them and selected 16 students.