Protection and Management of Cultural Heritage

The cultural heritage constitutes the basic record of past human activities. Its protection and proper management is therefore essential to enable archaeologists and other scholars to study and interpret it on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future generations. This course lays down the basic aspects of cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible), the legal framework (national and international) of its protection and the main principles relating to the different aspects of heritage management. Apart from discussing the value of monuments and archaeological sites there is going to be an insight in the intangible heritage,  since it is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. Under this perspective there will be an introduction to the most important international conventions regarding the subject, including the World Heritage Convention which is the bedrock document for the preservation and protection of cultural and natural heritage worldwide. Elaborated feedback will be also provided on the structure of the public services, responsible for the protection and management of cultural heritage as well as on private archaeological collections in Greece, and the code of ethics for dealers of cultural property. Furthermore, there is going to be a thorough analysis on planning and developing a template for the content and structure of a successful management plan for the protection and promotion of  heritage by studying and analyzing cases of best practice. Finally a special and thorough presentation will be made on the distinctive case of the Request for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, a major issue for Greece, which however exceeds the national territories.

Instructor: 
Elena Korka
Course Code: 
CHST 101