Heritage, Tourism, and Conservation

Cultural Studies

GENG-7740-001 Topics in Local, National, and Global Cultures: Heritage, Tourism, and Conservation
Professor M. Dyce

This course broadly surveys the contested meanings of heritage, tourism, and conservation. All three areas lie at the centre of current debates around authenticity. For example, does ‘heritage’ imply something deeply personal like history, belonging, or tradition, or does it describe a commercial term used by governments, interest groups, and the emerging ‘heritage industry’ to describe how the past is created and marketed? Why is learning about culture through ‘travel’ considered authentic and genuine while cultural ‘tourism’ is treated with derision? Finally, conservation is an issue in museums and archives. Curators and archivists must answer who decides what gets kept and what is discarded; how exhibits are arranged and how they tell stories.