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Acknowledgements and further reading

We would make a special thanks to the experts who contributed to our MOOC, and provided great insights into the issues we have talked about: Jasper Chalcraft, University of Sussex …

Wrapping up the course

Congratulations for completing this course! It is now time to recap some of the key lessons we have learned over the past three weeks. Cultural heritage is central to how …

Summing up Week 3

You have reached the end of Week 3: congratulations! In this video, we sum up what we have covered during this week. We started by discussing which components within the …

History of the European Capital of Culture

Watch this video to learn how the European Capital of Culture evolved from a traditional arts festival to a complex programme tied to economic and social objectives. Since 1985, every …

Mega-events: national pride or city branding?

Mega-events such as the football world cup, the Olympic Games and World Expositions are highly mediatized and reach a global audience. They have become major tools for cities to display …

What can citizens do to safeguard cultural heritage?

All around the world, citizen movements have been increasingly rising up against urban transformation projects in order to protect their city’s heritage. Firstly, some movements mobilize against the demolition of …

The case of Gezi Park in Istanbul

Chiara de Cesari discusses the case of the Gezi Park uprising in late spring 2013 to illustrate how heritage can be a factor in popular resistance. In this interview, she …

Heritage and social movements

Chiara de Cesari explains the article she wrote with Michael Herzfeld on heritage and social movements in Rome, Palestine, and Bangkok. She argues that various groups, in a given urban …

The issue of gentrification

The term gentrification has been used to describe the settlement of upper and middle class households in working class neighbourhoods. This process is often associated with the transition in housing …

Preserving the historic centre of Naples

Nick Dines shows that until the 1980s, the historic centre of Naples was under threat of demolition. A shift takes places in the 1990’s, when cultural heritage starts being viewed …
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