VU Faculty of History invites you to the updated master’s program of cultural heritage studies

VU Faculty of History invites you to the updated master’s program of cultural heritage studies
VU Faculty of History invites you to the updated master’s program of cultural heritage studies

At the Faculty of History of Vilnius University (VU), spring brought changes to one of the master’s study programs. The updated master’s program of heritage conservation studies is changing its name and will henceforth be called cultural heritage studies. Why it was necessary to change the name of the program, what will be new in this program and what are the European cultural heritage trends, says Marija Drėmaitė, chairperson of the Cultural Heritage study program committee, professor of the VU History Faculty.

The need to update the name

According to prof. M. Drėmaitės, one of the main reasons why it was necessary to update the name of the studies is the rapid change in the modern concept of cultural heritage and its practice. “In response to these changes, we decided to update the app and its name to better match the content of the app.” We emphasize that in cultural heritage studies, we not only teach and learn how to protect cultural heritage, but also how to critically study cultural heritage, understand the history of culture, ideas, mentality, and get to know collective memory. We want to provide an opportunity to deepen the specialization of heritage protection, but we do not abandon the broader contexts of the interpretation of cultural heritage, modern studies of museology, cultural tourism, interpretation and application of heritage, management and the role of communities.”

It’s not just the name that changes

When asked what else, apart from the name, is changing in the studies, the professor explains that there will be more problem-based teaching, the internationality of the studies will be strengthened – more guest foreign teachers will be included in the master’s seminar and the teaching of individual subjects in cooperation with the European University Alliance “Arqus” and the research center “(Post)authoritarian landscapes” by colleagues from foreign universities.

“Although applied practice in cultural heritage studies is very useful, we decided to give students the opportunity to choose an alternative instead – to study selected courses according to an individual plan and thus deepen their studies. We will also apply the system of continuous studies – those who want to have a lower semester load will be able to complete their master’s studies in three years instead of two”, says prof. M. Drėmaitė.

Changing trends in the field of European cultural heritage

The chairwoman of the updated study program committee says that the international context of cultural heritage studies and changes in heritage conservation practice, theory and academic studies encourage strengthening the theoretical and cultural history aspects of studies. She notes that the modern cultural heritage specialist is a manager of change rather than an expert in one specific subject, therefore more and more attention is paid to interpretation, community involvement and role in heritage conservation processes, heritage and climate change issues. “Critical heritage studies – a direction of cultural history that examines changes in the field of cultural heritage – is gaining strength. All these trends are also reflected in the updated program of cultural heritage studies”, affirms prof. M. Drėmaitė.

The article is in Lithuanian


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