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190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

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190068 Saint Petersburg
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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Revolution and Political Violence in Central Europe. The Deluge of 1919

Gužvica S.

Europe-Asia Studies. 2023. Vol. 75. No. 8. P. 1419-1421.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Bordere in 1617-1618

Selin A. A.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2023. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Historical Heritage: Policy and Practices

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
1 year, 1, 2 module


Kraikovski, Alexei

Kraikovski, Alexei

Course Syllabus


The course is designed as a core part of the applied history program in order to discuss the natural and cultural heritage issues in historical perspective. It includes introductive part including the discussion of general theoretical problems of heritage management, protection and use, and the problematic part dedicated to the discussion of major practical problems of heritage management including the social and cultural con-flicts. Prerequisites -advanced command of English -basic knowledge of global history -basic knowledge of heritage studies
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The authors intend to provide the global geographic scope and offer to the audience to operate the materials and narratives related to the heritage and cultural policy of Russia, Europe and America with some attention paid to other parts of the world. The originality of the course is the focus on both cultural and natural heritage as an interconnected unity within the concept of socio-natural site proposed by the environmental historians. The final aim of the course is to provide the global vision of multifaceted problematic of heritage preservation and use within a variety of historical contexts.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Is able to take part in scientific polemics in oral and written form (ПК-4); Capable of extracting, selecting and structuring information from a varie-ty of types of sources according to professional objectives (ПК-7); Is able to analyze historical sources, scientific texts and reports, to review scientific literature in Russian and foreign languages (ОПК-2); Is able to reflex (evaluate and rework) the learned scientific and activity methods (УК-1)
  • Masters new research methods independently , changes the scientific and production profile of his/her activities (УК-3); Able to work with information: identify, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources for scientific and professional purposes (including with a systematic approach) (ОПК-1); Is able to conduct independent fundamental and applied research (ПК-1)
  • Is able to create and edit scientific and popular texts, to present complex historical information in a publicly accessible form (ОПК-4) Capable of conducting independent research, including problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, identifying the object and subject of re-search, choosing the mode and methods of research, and assessing its quality (ОПК-7) Is able to improve and develop his intellectual and cultural level, to build a trajectory of professional development and career (УК-4)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Modern European culture and origin of museums and concept of heritage
    Lecture 1. Introduction. Concepts of heritage and cultural monuments. European culture and the development of modern concept of heritage. The problem of classification in heritage studies. Development of concepts from Winkelmann to Monthelius. Socio-natural site and heritage – arrangements, practices and the idea of materialized past. Memory and heritage. Heritage conflicts and control. General plan of the course and grading Seminar 1. Modern European culture and origin of museums. Introductory notes. From Antiquary to research institution. Museum of muse-um – Maritime museum of Monaco. Complexity of museum concept and links to the understanding of heritage. Group work with sources (travelers‟ accounts and visual documentation of early modern rooms of curiosities). The Teylers museum (Haarlem) – video representation and discussion. Presentation and discussion of texts. Lecture 2. Strategic level of heritage management. Introductory notes. Cultural policy in history – the case of Fascist Italy. Herit-age in contemporary historical policy. Modern ways of heritage representation. Namur declaration (2015) and European strategies of heritage preservation. Group discussion of the original documents and their administrative interpretations. Seminar 2. Management of heritage as social practice. Heritage as juridical concept, the legal definition of a monument. “The newly discovered monument” and the administrative mechanism of registration and control. Levels of heritage control and management. Administration, preserva-tion, representation and consumption, expertise and conceptualization. The concept of socio-natural site as a general context for heritage management practices. Lecture 3-4 – Participation in the Kochubey readings, presentations, content for the conference web pages. Seminar 3 – Business game, Kochubey readings.
  • Management of heritage. Preserva-tion, consumption and destruction of heritage
    Lecture 5. Preservation level of heritage management. Archives, museums, and libraries as factories of identities. Heritage preserva-tion as a public service and as a private initiative. Nature as heritage – the case of national park and museum-reserve. Collection as heritage object – the histo-ry of collection and the history of item in research historical writing. Seminar 4. Tourism: consumption of heritage. Representation of heritage as mass phenomena. Heritage and media. Economy of attention, symbolic capi-tal and heritage. Monuments and memory conflicts – destruction of monuments in the contemporary world. Lecture 6. Tourism and destruction of heritage. Anti-touristic movemnents in Venice and Barcelona – ideology and the place of heritage and identities. Group work with the sources. Lecture 7. Maritime heritage. The concept of maritimeness and the place of heritage in its construction. Representation and trans-fers of maritimeness, the case of the Netherlands and St. Petersburg. The Ocean as a global phe-nomenon and trans-border issues of maritime heritage. Maritime heritage conflicts, the case of Vrow Maria. Seminar 5. Restoration, representation and authenticity. The Soviet school of restauration – before and after the Second World War. Reconstruction vs. preservation – the problem of authenticity. Conservation as modification. The construction and use of replicas – heritage and historical memory issues. The case of the Summer Garden. Seminar 6. Noble residences heritage. Social inequality and heritage conceptalization. Colonializm, nationalizm and museumification of residences – the case of Estonia and Hawaii.
  • Heritage management practices
    Lecture 9. Heritage management practices. Public history – institutional base, general methodological directions. Practical problems of every-day heritage management – challenges and choises. Seminar 7. Presentation of museum analysis. Group task – complex analysis of one of the St. Petersburg museums through the perspective of her-itage preservation, representation and management. Seminar 8. Church and monastic heritage. Church objects in the secular society, the experience of Soviet Union. The concept of heritage as secular idea and the management of possible conflicts. Seminar 9. Industrial and mobility heritage. Postindustrial Era and the heritage of Industrializations. How may be organized industrial heritage sites. The history of labor as the part of heritage. Presentation and discussion of texts. Heritage of mobility. The objects of Mobility and idea of its preservation. Roads, rivers, wagons, carts, boats, stations…: what stories they may tell us? Old Roads: preservation and exploration. Management of the mobility heritage. Seminar 10-11. Presentation the student’s research topics via the object of heritage. Presentations and group discussion of the drafts of the written works.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Report/Presentation
  • non-blocking In-class Participation
  • non-blocking Written Exam
  • non-blocking grade for on-line course
    He also has to complete the online course “Heritage under threat” (available on Coursera) and provide the screenshot of the evaluation. https://www.coursera.org/learn/heritage-protection
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * grade for on-line course + 0.3 * In-class Participation + 0.2 * Report/Presentation + 0.3 * Written Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Edible Identities: Food As Cultural Heritage, edited by Ronda L. Brulotte, and Michael A. Di Giovine, Routledge, 2016. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://search.proquest.com/legacydocview/EBC/1746960?accountid=45451.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kelly, C. (2014). St Petersburg : Shadows of the Past. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=688291