Sometimes, we come across something in the world that surprises us. Yet, at the same time that we are surprised at the object or phenomenon itself, we are also surprised to find that our very way of seeing the world has also changed. We call what appears to us in this way a ‘cultural resource’. When a cultural resource becomes widely known, evoking a sense of empathy, nostalgia, or exoticism, it becomes ‘cultural heritage’. People use such cultural heritage in a variety of ways. When certain political decisions inform the use of cultural heritage, it is designated as ‘world heritage’.
While the above process is neither formulaic nor predictable, it is possible to clarify how people interact with cultural resources, cultural heritage and world heritage. Such clarification will help us understand how modern society relates to the past.
Although the terms ‘cultural resources’, ‘cultural heritage’ and ‘world heritage’ are all commonly used today, they gained broad recognition in society only recently. In this lecture series we will examine how modern society came to embrace the ideas of cultural resources, cultural heritage and world heritage. We will also consider what people intend to achieve by using and talking about cultural resources, cultural heritage and world heritage in a variety of contexts.

Setting the scene: what are cultural resources, cultural heritage, and world heritage?

Culture as a resource: resource for what?

Akira Matsuda(Faculty of Letters)

Remote places in our neighborhood: the art of discovering cultural resources

Naoyuki Kinoshita(Faculty of Letters)

Literacy for Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources and ICT

Yusuke Nakamura(Faculty of Letters)

3D digital cultural resources and cyber-archaeology

Takeshi Oishi(Institute of Industrial Science)

Reconstructing cultural heritage

The concept of the common heritage of humanity

Akira Matsuda(Faculty of Letters)

World Heritage today: a view from Japan

Keisuke Fujii (Faculty of Engineering)

Ceramics as cultural resources: East Asian and Southeast Asian heritage and recent findings of archaeological excavations

Hideki Horiuchi(Archaeological Research Unit)

Issues in the heritage of the Andean civilization 1: heritage sites

Issues in the heritage of the Andean civilization 2: museums

Eisei Tsurumi(The University Museum)

Reconsidering cultural resources, cultural heritage and world heritage in the 21st century

Akira Matsuda(Faculty of Letters)