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Cultural Property Protection

Master of Science

Modules

Cultural Property and Heritage Protection

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The programme is based on the historical development of monuments protection, the necessity of developing legal cultural property protection culminating in the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in 1954, along with an entire range of UNESCO Conventions dealing with cultural heritage. Opportunities and challenges posed by cultural property protection in the 21st century are discussed and the relevant institutions, GOs and NGOs that contribute to cultural property protection as well as crosscutting topics are presented.

Role-play scenarios for leadership training and presentation techniques are the perfect icebreaker for students and faculty alike.

International Humanitarian Law and Crisis Management

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This module focuses on understanding International Humanitarian Law and the Law of Armed Conflict in connection with the protection of cultural property. Geneva Law and Hague Law are the core content; students have ample opportunity to discuss and solve a range of case studies regarding international and non-international armed conflict. The geographic scope ranges from South America to the Middle East and Africa.

Decision-making processes and working with civil and military crisis staff are the first part of the crisis management training that will be continued in Module 4. Media communication during times of crisis is one of the challenges of this module.


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Collections and Inventories

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Module 3 takes place in Rome and focuses on GLAM – galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Heritage management is part of the programme, as are safety aspects for GLAM. Detailed insights into art crime are focus on the search for stolen artefacts and countering illicit trade. Experts share detailed insights into preservation and management of archaeological sites and a site visit to a depot for cultural property affected by the Central Italian earthquakes highlights the necessity of cultural property protection.


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Identification of Cultural Property

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Identifying cultural property on the battlefield or after a natural catastrophe is one of the key elements of this programme. Identification does not only focus on movable and immovable cultural property above ground, but also on subterranean and underwater heritage. The use of geo data and satellite images for the identification is discussed as well as secure, readily available data storage.  Identification also takes psychological and anthropological aspects of cultural property into account, in which tangible and intangible cultural heritage aspects are inseparably linked.  

A table-top exercise will build on the crisis management basics from Module 2 and bring together all aspects of cultural property protection tackled in the programme so far, including the legal framework, identification, staff work and presentation techniques in order to convince the responsible people to protect cultural property as best as possible.

Material handling and building stability

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This module focuses on emergency action for movable and immovable cultural property. The days in Vienna will provide insight into different concepts of conservation and restoration and a hands-on-approach will guarantee the best learning outcome for emergency action in terms of different materials differently affected by man-made or natural catastrophes.

The days in Prague focus on the topic of immovable cultural property, providing basics for the technical stabilisation of damaged buildings and in-depth knowledge on historic building materials and techniques. Architectural and art history tours in both cities will contribute to the knowledge of art history and the development of architectural features through the centuries.


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Emergency planning for cultural property

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Emergency plans for movable and immovable cultural property is one of the key elements of this programme. During the last module week, students will analyse threat scenarios and different options of dealing with them. Climate change and related issues will play a huge role in the assessment of vulnerabilities. Based on all the different fields of expertise communicated in the previous modules, students will develop an emergency plan for a gallery, library, archive or museum and plan, prepare and conduct a live exercise with local cultural property protection first responders.

Interdisciplinary Project

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This module allows students to follow their special field of interest in cultural property protection and can be completed at any time during the three years of the master’s programme. Possibilities include Danube University’s annual Summer University in cultural property protection, the Scola Telc in the Czech Republic or the School of Reconstruction in Accumoli, Italy. Other possibilities are contributing to ongoing research projects related to the broad field of cultural property protection, participating in an ERASMUS exchange, or an extended field trip. Participation in projects and programmes by the master’s programme’s different partner institutions is also possible.


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Cultural Property Protection Exercise

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The challenge of this module will be getting the right information regarding cultural property to the right person at the right time in the right way. In live exercises students will contribute their knowledge on cultural property protection to civil or military staff. For this reason completing Module 2, which provided an introduction to staff work and decision making processes, is a prerequisite for enrolling in an exercise. Otherwise, the exercise can be completed at any time during the three years of the master’s programme. Exercises may be offered by Danube University Krems or partners of the master’s programme.


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Master's Thesis

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The final master thesis allows students to pursue their special field of interest in cultural property protection. The span of possible topics is broad, ranging from historical analyses and juridical studies to practical field studies in the different topics treated in the programme. Students are expected to contribute to the state of the art with innovative theses and are encouraged to publish their work when completed.

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