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Heritage Matters 11 | Writing Architecture | 21 November 2020 | 7:30-9 PM IST

Date: 21st November 2020, Saturday

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Recording of Session: Audio | Video

The triangulation of COVID 19, Climate Crisis and continuing gross inequities formed the challenge for launching Heritage Matters Webinar Series. The underlying conviction is that heritage in all its manifestations is critical for our resilience to build post pandemic futures. It is the ethos of sustainable development. In this webinar we will interrogate the extent to which writing on architecture is accessible, relevant, and contextual. What is the state of the art with writing architecture? Has it been limited to the specialists? Can it become more interdisciplinary and accessible across specialisms, including tourism and journalism? What are the potentials and possibilities? What kind of capabilities and capacities do we need to embed in professional and educational agencies? How do we assess the layers of significance in architecture to communicate place making in contextual places, diachronically and synchronically? Could we promote a genre of writing architecture that is decolonised? The practice of writing architecture in local languages in a postcolonial context is much wanted. These are some of the contestations of this Webinar to stimulate thinking.
Panellists: Dr Wiendu Nuryanti, Professor in Architecture and Planning, Gadjah Mada University and former Vice Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia (2011-2014); Nandini Somaya Sampat, Architect/ Solicitor and Director, SNK Somaya & Kalappa Consultants; and Ar Neha Nair, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Anant National University.
Host: Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, India and International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia

International Conference “Innovative methods of organising exhibitions: lessons for Vietnam” | 8 October 2020 | 7-3:30 PM IST

∎ Venue: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, Vietnam

∎ Primary language: Vietnamese (with English interpretation)
∎ Organizer: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME)
VME was established in 1995 and officially opened to the public since 1997. The museum carries out the mission of scientific research, collecting, inventorying, preserving artifacts, organizing exhibitions, performing and operating educational activities to contribute to the preservation of cultural diversity of ethnic groups in Vietnam, Southeast Asia and around the world.

Exhibition is one of the most important aspects of museum’s work, promoting other works. Therefore, exhibitions always require high scientificity, aesthetics and updates with the development level of science and technology in each country. Museum’s exhibitions are a bridge connecting the public and museum artifacts. Without exhibits, a museum is just a storehouse, an archive of systematized collections. The development of ideas and exhibits as well as the renovation of exhibitions play a significant role in museums, especially in the context of modernization and international integration. Therefore, VME plans to organize an international conference on “Innovative Methods of Organizing Exhibitions: Lessons for Vietnam”.
The Conference is a scientific forum aiming at exchanging and updating the concepts, methods and new trends in exhibition work of museums among national and international experts in Vietnam as well as around the world in the direction of modern approaches and international integration. Thereby, it will make an important contribution to improving the Museum’s staff capacity, drawing lessons for Vietnamese museums in general and for the VME in particular to appropriately and effectively apply to the renovation of museums for a future sustainable development.

The Conference focuses on three key themes as follows:

Firstly, approaches in developing exhibitions
(museological/ethnological/anthropological approaches, community-participatory approach, community-based approach, educational exhibitions, artistic/aesthetic value featured exhibitions, exhibitions using 4.0 technology and multimedia, virtual exhibitions, etc.).
Secondly, new trends in organizing exhibitions in the world and in Vietnam.
Thirdly, lessons learnt for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

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NEP 2020: It’s Implications for Promoting Indian Art, Culture and Heritage | 27th September, 2020 | 03:00 PM IST

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Heritage Matters Webinar 10 | Urban Futures & Historical Urban Landscapes | 5th September 2020 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

Date: 5th September 2020, Saturday

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Recording of SessionAudio | Video

Urbanism as a process and the city/town as an artefact are constructs that are being reassessed during the Pandemic. De-urbanisation, rethinking public spaces, design, and built environment are on the agenda. Urbanism is at once a complexity of synchronous present that must intersect with diachronic layers of history and heritage. Countering cultural amnesia, can civic spaces such as museums become reflexive to reveal urban formations and their future manifestations? Can socio-museology of built environment help us better understand urbanism? How do we reanimate urban centres and their contextual historical cultural landscapes as part of post-pandemic futures and new normalities? And what of our sense of place and identity? Can interdisciplinary approaches to architecture, engineering, economics, anthropology, design, interior architecture, and environmental safeguarding improve our preferred urban futures? These and many other questions will be addressed by a panel of interdisciplinary experts during the Webinar.
Panellists: Professor Dr Uta Pottgiesser, Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Delft University of Technology (DelftTU), The Netherlands. Joana Sousa Monteiro, Director of the Museum of Lisbon and Chair of ICOM – CAMOC, the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of the Museums of Cities. Dr Mário Moutinho, Rector, Architect and Senior Researcher, Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon. Assoc Prof Dr Ashima Sood, Anant National University and PhD in Economics, Cornell University.
Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor and Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Salzburg Global Fellow and Chairperson Museums and Historical Urban Landscapes Research Network meeting, Lisbon, September 2021.

Heritage Matters 9 | Valuing Modern Heritage | 22 August 2020 | 7:30-9 PM IST

Date: 22nd August 2020, Saturday

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Link to the Recording: Audio | Video

The focus of this Webinar is on the lesser represented and largely unprotected architecture heritage of early 20th century India. The panellists will present perspectives on how Modern Heritage of India is yet to be recognised for its true value and given the status of statutory protection. They will discuss as to how international organisations like UNESCO, ICOMOS, WMF, Getty Foundation and others are advocating for the recognition of Modern Heritage in India. They will interrogate the role of government bodies, status of protection and community awareness that will determine the fate of modern heritage in future. What is the nature and quantum of Modern Heritage in India? How is it different from other parts of the world? Who owns and who values this heritage? What is the representation of Modern Heritage on the World Heritage List of India? What is the protection status of Modern 20th-century heritage considering the fact that ASI Act only recognises heritage structure more than 100 years old? Does the general public associate with Modern Heritage?

PanellistsEric Falt, Director, UNESCO South Asia Office; Amita Baig, India representative for the World Monuments Fund; Dr Shikha Jain, Past Advisor and multiple grantee for the Keeping It Modern initiative of the Getty Foundation; and Nishita Kedia, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Anant National University.

Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor and Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership,
Anant National University and Jury Member, World Monuments Fund, New York. 

Heritage Matters 8 | Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage | 9-10th August 2020 |4-7 PM IST

Recording Link: Day 1 | Day 2
Heritage Matters Webinar 8 – takes you on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Join us for blended Webinars and festival on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. A virtual celebration includes indigenous performances and exhibitions of artworks and crafts from the Langa, Kamad, Kalbelia, and Mangariyar communities. Versatile singers ‘Mr Chanan Khan and Mr Kutla Khan’ will be remembered.

Panellists Day 1:

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Amareswar Galla, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India & International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/USA.

1. Dr. Shubha Chaudhuri, Associate Director General (Academic), Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies, India;

2. Prof. Dr. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Professor and Director, Department of Anthropology, RG University, Arunachal Pradesh;

3. Dr. Subhra Devi, Assistant Curator, Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University, Assam; and

4. Dr. Anand Krishnan Plappally, Associate Professor, IIT Jodhpur.

Panellists Day 2:

1. Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi;

2. Dr. B Venugopal, Honorary Director, Centre for Intangible Heritage studies, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala.

3. Dr. Madan Meena, Director, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda;

4. Prof K.G. Suresh, Dean, School of Modern Media, UPES, Dehradun;

5. Prof. Ashok Ogra, Advisor (Mass Communication), Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi;

6. Mo Diener, Artistic Director, Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv, Switzerland; and

7. Mr. Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary Rupayan Sansthan (Rajasthan Institute of Folklore), Jodhpur

Heritage Matters | Webinar 7 | Art, Ephemerality & Performance | 18 July 2020 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

Date: 18th July 2020, Saturday

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Webinar Recording: Audio | Video

Topic: Art, Ephemerality & Performance
The visualisation of creativity through performance art is often transient. How does one document the atmosphere of the moment of performance? How does one capture performativity and iteration in different spaces? Is its capture in digital or any form an act of freezing the moment? Is that which is fluid frozen at the time of capture? How are the performances of Marina Abramovich, Nikhil Chopra and Anunaya Chaubey captured and through whose lenses? Is this documentation for the present or posterity or both? What methods are deployed? What is the atmosphere of such captures? What does the atmosphere mean in performance art? Lonnie Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, appeals to the public to document the range of captures of Black Lives Matter movement through the eyes or lenses or smartphones of the protesters. There is an urgency to capture global resistance to racism, COVID 19 realties and Climate Crisis. In what ways does this dynamic collecting facilitate understanding contemporary history? Panellists in the Webinar include an art educator, art historian and an academic and artist. It is moderated by a historian and heritage action specialist.

Panellists:   Dr Ida Brændholt Lundgaard, Senior Advisor, Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, Copenhagen & former Head of Education, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Dr Bindu Bhadana, Doctorate from Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg & Professor, Anant National University, Ahmedabad. Dr Anunaya Chaubey, Well known artist, Provost of Anant National University & Salzburg Global Fellow.

HostProfessor Dr Amareswar Galla, Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, Founding Executive Director, International Institute for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Australia/USA & Salzburg Global Fellow.

Remembering Dr. George F MacDonald (1938-2020)

Dr. Amareswar Galla (Amar), the then Chairperson of Asia Pacific Executive Board of International Council of Museums interviewed Dr George F MacDonald, the Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria, Australia’s largest public museums organisation, on 2 November 2000. The following are abridged reflections of Dr. MacDonald at the opening of the Melbourne Museum, the flagship of Museum Victoria. Transcribed text was approved by Dr MacDonald. Two decades on the museological wisdom in these reflections remains just as valid.

Dr MacDonald, Dr Joanne MacDonald and Prof Galla at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, 2014.

Amar: What does the opening of the Museum Victoria mean to museum development and re-development in Australia and within the museum world in general? What does it mean to George MacDonald CEO who oversaw the foundation of a major national museum in the world, i.e. the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Ottawa, and now another major museum development on the other side of the world?

George: The thing that did strike me is that dates and events are very important, and they galvanise thinking and create thresholds and so on. I think the opening of Victoria Museum of this magnitude at this point in time as we enter a new millennium certainly struck me as being an opportunity to make a statement – To try and balance things a little differently than had been previously done. The more I thought about it the more I realised that what I was doing in Ottawa was to respond to a generation of visitors, which covered 80 percent of the people who were coming to the museum, raised in the television age from their very earliest memory. That generation were looking at the world through a television screen which is very different than looking at the world as you move around a village or a town or within your own experience frame of reference. Suddenly you were in this bionic electronic world that was being shown to you through a window that was global, and people accelerated their sophistication very rapidly. Now it has been about 50 years that television has been current in North America and in that 50 years people have become very sophisticated in a whole series of things such as how things work and the long sequences of history consistently recapitulated in television series. I thought that’s it, we are doing a project for a whole new generation of people and we won’t re-do it for some time. Read the full interview here.

Read Here: In Memoriam George F MacDonald, 1938-2020

Read Here: The Museum is the Medium ’Remembering Dr. George F MacDonald'(1938–2020)

Heritage Matters Webinar 6 | Subaltern Narratives & Dalit Creative Engagement | 4th July 2020 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Date: 4th July 2020, Saturday
Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30-9:00PM)

Webinar Recording: Audio | Video

India is one of the first countries in the world to Constitutionally guarantee the equal rights of all its citizens. It is also the first one to incorporate the Fundamental Rights of all its citizens and include a cultural diversity framework in its Constitution. The translation of such a powerful legal instrument into practice on the ground has been challenging. Considerable progress has been made. Now the Pandemic lockdown provides a critical reflexive space for understanding the progress made and the role of creativity as an agency of empowerment and participation for historically disadvantaged communities. The global triangulation of Crises – COVID 2019, Climate and Environmental Deterioration, and surging protests for racial justice across the world – challenge us to rethink current approaches to cultural justice and travel through the portal to vision and walk better possibilities. International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership at AnantU is part of a Global Research Network in debating our post Pandemic preferred futures across race, ethnicity, class, gender, caste, age, sexual orientation and so on. (https://ondiversity.com/) In addressing the portal through which we must emerge to a better and more equitable world, we discuss in this Webinar the role of arts and the First Voice of rights holder communities.

Panellists: Shri Praveen Kumar, IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare; previously Secretary Tourism & Commissioner Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Dr D. Vizai Bhaskar, Playwright & Poet; Dalit Cultural Rights Advocate; & former Director, Creativity and Culture Commission, Andhra Pradesh. Professor Dr Challapalli Swaroopa Rani, Professor, Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies, Acharya Nagarjuna University; Social activist; & Writer.

Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad; & Salzburg Global Fellow.

Heritage Matters – 5 | What Museums Post Pandemic? | 20 June 2020 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

Date: 20 June 2020, Saturday, On the Eve of the June Solstice
Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30-9:00 PM)
Recording Link: Audio | Video

The past two months of COVID19 incumbency have revealed the vulnerability of the museum sector in the world. The reports by ICOM, UNESCO and NEMO profile the severity of challenges faced by museums globally. They assist us with a heightened awareness of what the aspirational museum could be post-pandemic. This increased pool of knowledge makes it glaringly obvious that we must confront the insularity that is akin to being oblivious to our constituencies; become relevant to the people in their cultural and linguistic diversity, and address gross inequities of participation in the museum sector that pervade every corner of the world. While in the affluent localities of the world, museums are rolling out measured approaches to re-openings and enabling digital sprawling, there are many museums in almost every country that are closed, hopefully not forever. How can the institution of the museum become more relevant, inclusive, and grounded in the social, economic, and environmental realities of their respective contexts continues to be the biggest challenge? (https://onmuseums.com/) How can the post-pandemic museum become the quintessential civic space? How can it be understood both museological
and from a right based discourse embedded with accountabilities to race, ethnicity, colour, indignity, gender, class, age, sexual orientation and so on? How best can we minimise profiteering through illicit traffic in the cultural property under the shadow of COVID 19? How best can we ensure that the hard-won rights-based approaches to inclusion, equality, diversity, return, restitution, repatriation, and cultural democracy are not forgotten? How do we, once again, raise the awareness of international financial institutions such as the World Bank, IMF and ADB about the criticality of culture and museums in sustainable development? Hence the Webinar poses What Museums Post Pandemic?

Panellists: Lazare Eloundou, Director, Culture and Emergencies at UNESCO, Paris; Former Deputy Director, World Heritage Centre; & Former UNESCO Representative in Mali. Professor Dr George Abungu, Emeritus DG, National Museums of Kenya; Founding Professor of Heritage Studies, The University of Mauritius; Salzburg Global Fellow; & currently Special Adviser to the DG of ICCROM. Dr Alka Pande, Author and Art Historian; Curator, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; & Project Director, Bihar Museum Biennale, Patna.

Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad; Salzburg Global Fellow; and Founding Chair, International Research Network & Founding Editor Inclusive Museum Research Journal Collection (2008-2020).

Please read the ICOM, UNESCO and NEMO Reports along with the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation and the ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter. You can access them here. Please send any questions that you have to inclusiveleadership@anu.edu.in