International Issues in Preservation

Historic Preservation

Spring 2013

Erica Avrami, instructor

This course examined international policies and processes in the preservation of cultural heritage, as well as their theoretical underpinnings. A primary aim of the course was to promote critical thinking about the various approaches to preservation and the cultural values that inform them, with an eye toward better understanding the United States’ practice within a global context. The initial part of the course focused on the workings of the World Heritage system and related programs and entities, so as to provide an introduction to existing international infrastructure. The remainder of the course was issue-driven, using cases and varying geo-cultural contexts to examine philosophies, policies and professional praxis.