Registration opens for the Specialization in Submerged Cultural Heritage

With the experience of the first postgraduate edition, the Cultural Heritage Studies Faculty begins its second cohort in May 2020.

This graduate program, pioneer in Latin America, will be held in Bogotá and Cartagena de Indias, together with the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH), the General Maritime Office (DIMAR), the Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Center (CIOH), and the Warren Lasch Conservation Center (WLCC), of Clemson University (USA)

The first edition of the specialization began in April 2019, with 20 students enrolled in the program’s three emphases: Underwater Archaeology, Management and Conservation, and Restoration of Submerged Cultural Heritage (PCS). Following the inaugural event, dedicated to the challenges and perspectives of academic training in this field in Latin America, graduate classes began, running through September, with internships carried out in Cartagena de Indias, in the Colombian Caribbean.

Throughout the two semesters, the next specialists in Submerged Cultural Heritage (PCS) fulfilled one of the main purposes of the program – acquire the conceptual bases of Cultural Heritage, Underwater Archaeology, Construction and Maritime Architecture, Maritime History, Law, Economics, Cultural Heritage Sustainability, as well as an approach to related sciences involved in the management, valuation, and conservation of these cultural assets.

Also, students participated in the field trip to Cartagena de Indias, where they experienced a direct approach to the social, economic, and cultural context where important submerged archaeological, maritime, and coastal remains are located. Throughout this activity, students applied their previously acquired knowledge on the Bocachica shipwreck, the Forts of San Fernando and San José, the Santiago and San Felipe Batteries, and the Angel San Rafael.

The 2020-2021 cohorts will, again, feature national and international professors and speakers, who will bring a high-level quality and commitment. As proved throughout this year, the hard work and the intense theoretical-practical classes allowed our students to acquire the necessary tools to understand and critically analyze the management, research, protection, and dissemination processes of the submerged cultural heritage.

Following the established methodology, academic spaces will continue to be generated for the next edition, where theoretical and methodological discussions may be offered from our students’ different action areas. In this way, oceanographers, attorneys, archaeologists, curators-restorers, historians, business administrators, anthropologists, and marine biologists, among others, can reflect on the political, social, and economic implications of managing our heritage. Also, reflect on the sustainability and feasibility of underwater archaeology intervention projects and the application of new technologies to understand our cultural resources lying in aquatic depths.

The different professional profiles involved in this training have evidenced the importance of interdisciplinary in the design, implementation, and evaluation of submerged cultural heritage projects. Thus, the postgraduate course is positioned as a scenario for the exchange of experiences and knowledge among students and international expert professors, where experiences and perspectives are shared to consolidate a broad and diverse reference framework in the training of professionals. Registration for the second cohort will be available on December 1, 2019, through the Recruit platform.

For more detailed information on the academic objectives, admission profile, and degree requirements, as well as the academic program and calendar for the next cohort, please view the Cultural Heritage Studies Faculty website or contact us at email especializacionpcs@uexternado.edu.co