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Introduction to the course. Heritage and Nostalgia. Theoretical and Methodological Undertakings

The class presents the main issues and terminological input related to the concepts of heritage and nostalgia, the links and intertwining between the two concepts, and the processes of heritage construction of the recent past. After presentation of the course outline and the main topics to be covered during the semester, the major part of the class is dedicated to introducing the anthropological approaches of studying heritage and nostalgia, the complexities of post-communist nostalgia, and the difficulties of regarding this epoch through “heritage” lenses.

Texts for discussion:

  • Santesso, A., Introduction: What Is Nostalgia? In: Santesso, A., A Careful Longing. The Poetics and Problems of Nostalgia. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2006, 11-26.
  • Angé, O. and D. Berliner, Introduction: Anthropology of Nostalgia – Anthropology as Nostalgia. In: Angé, O. and D. Berliner, eds., Anthropology and Nostalgia. New York, Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2015, 1-17.
  • Velikonja, M., Lost in Transition. Nostalgia for Socialism in Post-socialist Countries. – East European Politics and Societies, Volume 23, Number 4, Fall 2009, 535-551.

Additional readings:

  • Harvey, D., “Heritage Pasts and Heritage Presents: Temporality, Meaning and the Scope of Heritage Studies”, International Journal of Heritage Studies 7(4), 2001: 319-338.
  • Lowenthal, D., The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • McDowell, S., “Heritage, Memory and Identity,” In: Graham, B., P. Howard (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity, Hampshire; Burlington: Ashgate, 2008, 37-53.