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MA Programme in Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe at Leiden University

March 1, 2021 - 02:11

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, Netherlands, in collaboration with the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), has taken the initiative to develop a special concentration of MA level courses on Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe. Students with an interest in Asian Studies at MA level, can opt for this MA programme being launched in September 2013 within the specialisation of History, Arts and Culture of Asia. The heritage concentration is inspired and supported by the IIAS Asian Heritages research cluster, which explores the contested character of all representations of culture, the plurality of notions of heritage in Asian and European contexts, and the way distinct and conflicting values of indigenous, local communities and official state discourses are negotiated in terms of historical, ethnic, religious, social, economic, and political values.
The curriculum leads to an MA degree in Asian Studies at Leiden University. It includes special courses in ”Critical Approaches to Heritage Studies”, and ”Heritage: A World of Policy Making”, a number of electives that focus on heritage management, specific subjects and/or regions of Asia, and/or the study of Asian languages. The curriculum is concluded with the writing of an MA thesis. The concentration of courses is supervised by Dr. Adele Esposito (IIAS and LIAS). Guest teacher for one of the courses is Prof. Michael Herzfeld of Harvard University. The successful completion of the curriculum may give access to a second one-year MA study in heritage studies at an Asian University, and after completion of both programmes, students will receive a special certificate for the Double Degree Programme in Critical Heritage Studies, issued by IIAS and the Asian partner institute.
The programme will start twice a year, in September and Febraury. Application deadlines are 1 April for start in September; and 15 October for start in February. More information.


MA Programme in Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe at Leiden University


March 1, 2021