This course advances understanding of how intensifying mobility of people and cultural objects across borders shape culture, heritage, identity and intercultural interactions. We will examine what challenges and opportunities arise when groups come into temporary or extended contact, and how such contact can encourage mutual understanding and dialogue or perpetuate misunderstanding and stereotypes. We will thus discuss how the legacy of colonialism, European travel and the display of others in museums as well as current global structures perpetuate unequal relations. We will explore how we can promote interactions, e.g., in the tourism context, or cultural borrowing, e.g., in fashion, that can stimulate understanding and interactions across borders towards social justice for all. The course aims to enhance students’ knowledge and skills for informed and engaged global citizenship.
Lectures, readings and assignments are in English.