Seminar: Challenging Eternity

World Heritage, Urbanistic Interventions and
the City of Rome

Date: 20 – 30 April 2020

Deadline for applications: to be announced 

World Heritage, Urbanistic Interventions and the City of Rome

Date: 20-30 April 2020 (Rome)

Deadline for applications: to be announced

Course elements: Ten-days excursion to Rome (20-30 April 2020). Students from Dutch universities also do a preparatory three day course in Amsterdam (date to be announced).
Credits: 9 ECTS for students from Dutch universities and 7 ECTS for students studying abroad (who do not 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 (coordinator), Dr. T.D. Stek and visiting teachers.
Teaching method(s): Seminar, excursion, lectures, student presentations, assignments and essays.
Place: Amsterdam, Rome.
Course material: Reader.

Highest ratings in student evaluations
Since the first edition of Challenging Eternity, in 2012, the course has attracted hundreds of students from all over the world. Student evaluations have invariably been extremely positive, with the highest scores, much above the average, for course content, organisation, lecturing and assignments.

Course objective
Rome is the city par excellence to study the complex interrelations between urban development, heritage politics, 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 the heritage of Rome 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.

Form of tuition
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 (date to be announced). Students studying at non-Dutch universities only participate in the ten-days excursion to Rome (20-30 April 2020).

Type of assessment
On-site oral presentations, active contribution to plenary discussions, assignments and a reflective essay. The complexity of the topic of discussion varies according to the student’s curriculum. Participants receive credit after submitting their final paper.

Facilities in Rome
Students from Dutch universities will be housed in the Royal Netherlands Institute in the Villa Borghese Park, the other students in a pension nearby. From there, it is only a short walk to the historical center of Rome. The accommodation consists of shared bedrooms (bedding and towels are present) and includes a bathroom, washing machine and wireless internet. Furthermore, all participants have access to the library of the Royal Netherlands Institute. No meals are provided, but the accommodation includes ample cooking facilities. Students are responsible for their own airfare and travel to Rome, meals and other consumptions.

Fees
1. €350,- for all those who are not a (subsidiary) student at the VU University Amsterdam, University of Groningen, University of Leiden, University of Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen or Utrecht University, needing accommodation in Rome.
2. Students studying at the above mentioned universities, upon selection will be exempted from paying fees.

The above includes tuition fees, accommodation, most excursions (including most
entry fees for museums and archaeological sites) and a syllabus with course material.
Travel expenses and meals are excluded.

Application and admission
The course is open for credit to 20 students from the Netherlands and abroad (in particular Master and Research Master students), with an interest in the relation between Archaeology, (Art and Architectural) History, Heritage Studies and Urban Planning and Urban or Landscape Design.

The deadline for applications is still to be announced.