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On the Shoulders of the Giants: A New Science of Heritage for Research Innovation


  • How do we go beyond the frontiers of existing knowledge?
  • How do we create our research toolkit to explore the unknown?
  • How do we identify and frame a new idea?
  • How do we find, consolidate, and question what has already been acquired about a research topic, and move beyond?
  • Why should a researcher include interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary methods to solve specific research questions in a determined disciplinary field?
  • How, when, and by what means can a researcher select the methods that construe the best methodology for a given research question?


This course will approach these and other related questions introducing the students to Heritage Science. Quoting Helga Nowotny in the keynote that she gave for the first Singapore Heritage Science Conference, “Heritage science poses the challenge of innovation in a new way: How does the new integrate with the old?” (Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, 6 January 2014 – view the Keynote on YouTube)

Students will be exposed to a tetrahedron of research methodologies (Artistic, Design, Academic) grounded on Art, Culture, and Heritage through the D.A.N.C.I.N.G. method (Definitions, Assumptions, Notions, Concepts, Interpretations, Narratives, Gamut) and the seven Aristotelian circumstances relevant to the understanding of human actions (who, what, where, when, by what means, why, and howNicomachean Ethics, 1111a3-8). Successful students will acquire a toolkit to confidently sit on the shoulders of the giants in their own fields of doctoral expertise.

This course does not require any specific background. Each student will work on his/her own doctoral research project as a case study for Heritage Science. The course is structured into two complementary modules.

Module 1:  Theories and Practices

Day 1 (afternoon). Introduction to the course

Day 2. Setting the stage with examples (instructor)

Day 3. Identification and discussion of keywords (students)

Day 4 (morning). Each student or team of students agrees on one keyword to study

Module 2: Sharing Experiences

Each student or team of students presents the results of the study and understanding of a chosen keyword. This module will engage students in peer reviews and discussions in order to ultimately provide each student with the acquisition of a personalised toolkit to confidently sit on the shoulders of the giants in the relevant fields of doctoral expertise.


Between modules, the instructor will be available for individual consultations on Skype that can be scheduled via email to: Mrs Ivy Wee Poh Yan <PYWee@ntu.edu.sg.


Dr Andrea Nanetti

Email: nanetti.andrea@gmail.com

Skype: Andrea Nanetti Singapore


Dates: Module 1: March 19th-22nd; Module 2: May 31st, June 3rd
Location: TBD
Credits: 4.5 days (32 hours)


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