Fall 2011

530. Global Cultural Heritage (530, Index 32061)

Harvey (Mondays 1:00-3:40, VH001)

Threats to works of art, monuments, and sites have increased exponentially in the last decades. War and ethnic conflict have led to wanton destruction of monuments as diverse as the Bamiyan Buddhas and the Mostar bridge, and to the destruction or dispersal of works of art from museums, monuments, and sites in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. The commoditization of art and the booming global art market have led to a global increase in theft and looting of monuments, sites, and religious and secular institutions. Museums, long believed to be sacrosanct, have come under scrutiny regarding policies of restitution regarding works of art confiscated in WW II, and for alleged participation in the illegal art market. The goal of this seminar is to examine current threats to cultural property worldwide and to assess international and national initiatives to protect our global cultural heritage.

Issues we will examine include:

Who Owns the Past?; Cultural Heritage as Commodity; International and National approaches to Cultural Heritage Management and Protection; UNESCO and World Heritage; The Legal and Illegal Market in Historic Material; the Ethics of Collecting; the Role and Purpose of Museums; Restitution-WW II and beyond; Cultural Tourism;; Philosophy and Practice in Conservation and Preservation. Requirements: Short oral reports on reading; Research paper and oral report.

This is an interdisciplinary graduate seminar. Qualified graduate students from other disciplines are welcome to apply. Limit 15 students.

Internship in Cultural Heritage Preservation (590, Index: 26190)

Prerequisites: N/A


by arrangement - Special Permission required

The Internship in Historic Preservation is the fifth of five required courses for the Certificate in Historic Preservation. This supervised internship is restricted to students enrolled in the certificate program.

Studies in CHAPS (593, Index: 32059)

Woodhouse-Beyer (Tuesdays 4:30-7:30, VH001)

How and why are objects significant in the modern world? What are “significant” objects in the grand scope of history, communities, and cultural heritage? To what extent are objects cultural mediators, social communicators, and political actors in the hand of individuals, communities, and nations? This seminar-based Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Studies course explores the connections between material culture and cultural heritage through the diverse lenses of anthropology, archaeology, material culture studies, and historic preservation. We will cover such topics as collecting and display, memory and memorialization, consumption and commercial branding, death and funerary objects, art/artifact “markets”, ethnicity and traditions, preservation and recycling, and tangible/intangible heritage. Students will be required to actively participate in seminar discussions, complete a midterm and final examination, and submit two short (4-5 page) topical assignments and a 12- 15 page end of semester research paper (accompanied by a short in-class presentation).

Studies in CHAPS: Architectural Conservation: A Sustainable Approach (594, Index: 33231)

Hewitt (Wed 9:50-12:30, VH001)

This course is an introduction to what we generally call architectural preservation, accounting for the history of the field over the centuries, the theories that have guided the development of the field, and the directions that conservation takes in current practice. Serious attention will be given to a sustainable approach to architecture, in keeping with economic, social, and practical requirements of contemporary life. The course material will consist of readings, discussion, lecture, and some site visits if they can be accommodated by the instructor. The textbook will be John Stubbs, "Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation," 2009. The instructor is the author of three scholarly books on the American country house, the architecture of Carrere and Hastings, and Gustave Stickley‘s Craftsman Farms, and many other publications. He is an architect with a busy practice that includes original designs and preservation projects.

Advanced Topics CHAPS: Law, Public Policy, and Ethics of Cultural Heritage Preservation (603, Index: 32060)

Jacob (Wednesdays 4:30-7:30, VH001)

The first section of this course is designed to acquaint graduate students with laws applicable to art in general, such as legal rights of artists,legal status of museums as institutions and fiduciary obligations of museum trustees, legal obligations of dealers, auction houses and art merchants, and rights of private parties as owners of art. Art management and museum work are replete with these everyday issues. The second section of the course will center on consideration of cultural property in wartime embodied in the Holocaust Survivors Act, the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import,Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and its implementing United States legislation, and national patrimony laws. These have shifted the focus of cultural heritage preservation, creating a new area of study reflected in case law, which borrows from concepts studied in the first section of the course. The third section of the course will deal with legal responses within the United States arising out of concerns of cultural heritage, such as the Native Americans Graves Repatriation Act, and national and local historic preservation laws. The course will consider both the difficulty of promulgating uniform ethical codes, and the problems of translating public policy into viable, workable sets of legal standards. This course is designed for those pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Preservation, as well as those graduate students pursuing a Certificate in Museum Studies. A series of short papers on assigned topics, two quizzes, and a long paper of the student‘s choosing will be required.

Research Cultural Heritage (707, Index: 34170)

By Arrangement, with permission

Directed research for advanced students working on the MA thesis.

Requirements and Grading: Students will be supervised and evaluated by their advisor, who is chosen in conjunction with an area of specialization during the first year. Students will be graded on the quality of research and writing leading to the completed MA thesis.


Spring 2011



Listokin and Listokin (Thursday 6:10-8:40 pm, Civic Square Building 369)

The scope of historic preservation has expanded significantly. An overview of historical evolution of the preservation movement in the United States, examining important public preservation regulations and programs and the economics of historic preservation.

Students wishing to substitute an equivalent course should contact the Program Director for approval.




Prerequisites: N/A

Supervised internship or field study experience tailored to the student's area of specialization. The Internship in Historic Preservation is the fifth of five required courses for the Certificate in Historic Preservation. This supervised internship is restricted to students enrolled in the certificate program or CHAPS Master's program.



Popper (Wednesday, 1:10-3:50, Civic Square Building, 168)

Think smart growthis kind of dumb? New urbanism is a bit old? Had it with Eastern luxury items like affordable housing, eminent domain and form-based zoning?

Then take a course on one of the few planning ideas actually gaining on-the-ground momentum in the 21st century. Learn about wide open spaces with clean air, great vistas and old-school American values: places light on investment bankers, gentrifiers, and federal bureaucrats. Get acquainted with folks who don't talk, dress, eat or vote the way you do. Find out about people who are putting a high-end planning concept into practical, detailed effect. Delve into an idea that real politicians, financial heavyweights, landowners and everyday citizens know about, talk about and respect so that you don't once again have to explain it to the suckers from scratch. And while you're at it, do your part to change the national future.

Specifics: The studio focuses on the depopulating rural Great Plains as a region. It begins with the instructor and his wife's idea of the Buffalo Commons a a plausible future for much of the Plains. It then maps likely Buffalo Commons places, at both Plainswide and state-by-state scales. GIS background helpful, but not required.


STUDIES IN CHAPS: Archeology and Historic Preservation (593, Index: 51282)

Burrow, (Monday 4:30-7:30, VH 001)

Archeological and cultural resources are sometimes seen as a "special case" in historic preservation: somewhat removed from the conservation, restoration and management of historic buildings, districts and landscapes that are usually perceived as the main business of historic preservation. This course will introduce students to the discipline of archeology within historic preservation: the framework in which the majority of archeologists work today. It will show that archeology is an important partner discipline in effort to understand and protect the past. No previous knowledge of archology is assumed, and the course will commence with a basic introduction to archeological theory, methods and terminology. The national, state, and local regulatory and legal environment specifically impacting archeology will be reviewed. Using case studies, many of them regional, the many different roles of archeology inhistoric preservation will be explored.

STUDIES IN CHAPS: Heritage in the Public Sphere (594, Index: 54875)

Daniels (Wednesday 4:30-7:30, VH 001)

This course discusses how heritage is put to use in the wider public sphere. Whether designed for consumption at a tourist destination, displayed in a museum, or produced to inform good public policy, cultural heritage has become increasingly valuable to an informed and educated civil society. But it would be well to ask: what does it mean to produce cultural and historical knowledge for dissemination outside of an academic setting? How should it be done? For whom? Over the course of the semester, students will engage with readings that discuss how heritage is communicated to the public, the relationship between the academy and public policy, and the career paths available in heritage tourism, museums, government, and other cultural institutions. Our weekly discussions will explore the ways that heritage can serve the public good but also the kinds of debates and problems that arise in the process.

ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHAPS: Re/claiming the Past: Communities, Material Culture, and Cultural Heritage (603)

Woodhouse-Beyer, (Tuesdays 4:30-7:30, VH 001)

This course explores the diverse ways in which cultures and communities have utilized, and reclaimed the past by using archaeology and material culture (architecture, artifacts, and art) to position themselves, both socially and politically, within the modern world. Drawing from readings and research from the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage, class topics will include cultural heritage, authenticity, and invented traditions; nationalism and the mis/uses of archaeology; collections and collecting in the era of colonialism; public/community archaeology at sties of U.S. national importance; imagined and re/created communities; historic preservation of traditional (as well as intangible) cultural properties, and the growing efforts of modern indigenous communities to re-frame and reclaim their own history and space in the post-colonial era through the use of archaeology and display of museum collections. Case studies to be discussed include those of Nazi Germany, Plymouth Plantation, African American archaeology, New Zealand Maoritanga, Jamestown/Williamsburg, Utopian communities (Shakers, Oneida), Inuit and Australian Aboriginal art, Israeli archaeology, Native American archeological programs and museums, and the request for the return of cultural treasures (Elgin Marbles, Egyptian archaeology, Maori trophy heads, NAGPRA legislation).


Supervised internship or field study at an approved institution or site. Internships are arranged in the student's area of focus in consultation with the advisor. Required contact hours are a minimum of 80 for 3 credits. Grading will be based upon a final research paper or field report, in a format agreed upon with the advisor, and an evaluation submitted by the host institution.


Directed research for advanced students working on the MA thesis.

Requirements and Grading: Students will be supervised and evaluated by their advisor, who is chosen in conjunction with an area of specialization during the first year. Students will be graded on the quality of research and writing leading to the completed MA thesis.

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
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