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Heritage Matters – Webinar 4 | Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability: What Policy Solutions for the Climate Emergency? | 4 June 2020 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

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The onslaught of COVID 19 and the emergencies of climate change have one thing in common – there are no borders. It is across Global North and Global South. No country is spared. Hot spots are in localities with most environmental degradation, especially urban centres. Not surprisingly, lockdown have dramatically reduced air pollution and even started healing the Ozone Layer. Post Pandemic we need to envisage a brave new world that is cognisant of the cultural dimension of Climate Change. Heritage Matters Webinar 4 on the Eve of the World Environment Day aims to raise awareness, discussion and debate in the digital domain. A common concern for sustainability is from a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social interests intersect. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic and cultural boundaries. During and Post Pandemic, we need strategic engagement to build global strategies for action framed by our shared concerns and tensions – Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability: What Policy Solutions for the Climate Emergency?

Panellists: Mrs Naaz Rizvi, Director, National Museum of Natural History of India, Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Climate Change, New Delhi; Dr Miniya Chatterji, CEO, Sustain Labs Paris; Author & Columnist; Adjunct Professor SciencesPo Paris; & Director, Anant Centre for Sustainability, Anant National University; Professor Dr Rohit Jigyasu, Project Manager in Urban Heritage, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, ICCROM, Rome; Vice President of ICOMOS International, Paris; & former UNESCO Chairholder, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto; and Douglas Worts, International Coalition for Climate Justice; Culture & Sustainability Specialist, World Views Consulting, Toronto; & Sustainability Committee, American Association for State and Local History, USA.

Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad; Salzburg Global Fellow; and Founder, On Sustainability International Research Network & Founding Editor Onsustainability Research Journal Collection (2006-2015).

Date: 4 June 2020, Thursday, On the Eve of the World Environment Day
Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30-9:00PM)
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/heritage-matters-4

New UNESCO report – Freedom & Creativity: Defending art, defending diversity

Source : UNESCO

UNESCO sheds light on the current advances and challenges in the legal protection of artistic freedom, the protection of the social and economic rights of artists and cultural professionals, and the monitoring of artistic freedom. Released on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2020, this special edition of the Global Report series builds on the recommendations put forth in the chapter “Promoting the freedom to imagine and create” in UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report to assess whether progress has been made, to determine what efforts are still required and what new challenges have emerged. Read Full Story Here.

UNESCO to the US: We need everybody

Dir. Gen. of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay tells Amanpour about what her organization is doing for education and culture during the COVID-19 crisis, and the need for the US at the table. Source: CNN

More than 130 Ministers call for support to culture sector in COVID-19 crisis response

Source- UNESCO

Over 130 Ministers and Vice-Ministers of Culture joined the online meeting convened by UNESCO to discuss actions to bolster the cultural sector, which is facing unprecedented upheaval due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministers spoke of the direct effects of the current crisis on tourism, museums, cultural production and artists, as well as the measures that they have taken to mitigate the impact of the crisis. They reaffirmed their commitment to intergovernmental dialogue and international solidarity in order to strengthen and unite their efforts.

Opening the debate, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, reminded participants that “We need culture, so we need to help it to sustain this shock. We must assess the impact of the crisis, launch a joint reflection and coordinated initiatives. UNESCO fully intends to play its role in this process, in line with its mandate.”

Ministers highlighted the social and economic benefits of the culture sector in their countries, and agreed on the urgent need to invest in the sector during, and following, the crisis. The mobility restrictions and containment measures that governments have been forced to adopt due to the pandemic have drastically curbed access to culture in the short term and – if action is not taken – could weaken the entire cultural ecosystem for generations to come.

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A World without Culture is a World without a Future

Webinar on Heritage Matters | 18th April 2020 | 1400-1530 IST | Zoom

Webinar 1 – World Heritage Day 2020

18th April 2020, Saturday | 1400-1530 ( 2:00 to 3:30PM)

AnantU launches on World Heritage Day, the Heritage Matters Webinar series led by two Salzburg Global Fellows: Dr Anunaya Chaubey, Provost, AnantU and well known artist; Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, AnantU. Panellists are Dr Benny Kuriakose – Expert on Sustainability and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Built Environment and Design; Poonam Trambadia, Associate Professor, AnantU, West Zone Coordinator for ICOMOS, India; & Tejshvi Jain, Founding Director, Rereeti Foundation.

Focus: Heritage – Resilience, Inclusion and Sustainability through the immediate and long-term futures, present and post-COVID19 realities.

Date: 18 April 2020, Saturday
Time: 1400-1530 IST (2:00-3:30 PM)

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National Workshop | Acharya Nagarjun University, Andhra Pradesh | 17 March 2020

Prof Dr Amareswar Galla is giving a keynote speech at the National Workshop organised by Acharya Nagarjun University (ANU) in Andhra Pradesh on 17th March 2020. In his keynote Prof Galla will focus on “Tourism – An Engine for Income Generation and Employment for Nation Building”.

National Intangible Heritage Festival |14-16 February 2020 | Ernakulam

IMP Concluding Symposium | 26 February 2020 | Le Bouche à Oreille, Brussels

Museums and intangible heritage: towards a third space in the heritage sector

On 26 February 2020, the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project is hosting its Concluding Symposium in Brussels. The conference offers a public forum for key stakeholders from the fields of intangible heritage and museums, such as heritage practitioners, museum professionals, policy makers, academics and representatives of transnational networks. They will be summarizing the theoretical and practical insights that have been pooled throughout the years of cooperation in Europe around the topic of ICH and Museums since 2017. Based upon the IMP Project, future-oriented recommendations and methodologies for both policies and practice will be launched.



When intangible cultural heritage and museums meet, numerous opportunities come about. For example, museums can enrich their object-based collections by including testimonies and practices relating to living, intangible heritage. Heritage practitioners and communities, on the other hand, can gain a wider audience, and can benefit from museum documentation and preservation expertise in order to safeguard their particular branch of intangible cultural heritage.

At the same time, intangible cultural heritage and museums can also appear at odds with each other, raise debate, or even bring about fields of tension. For example, how can museums avoid the trap of “freezing” intangible cultural heritage in time by integrating it into more static collections? How may we assure that heritage practitioners and communities are sufficiently being heard in display settings? What are the best ways to bring audiences into the museum, allowing for participatory experiences, yet avoiding the commodification of intangible heritage?

Over the past three years, the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project (IMP) has tackled these and many other questions, and explored the interaction of museum work and intangible heritage practices in a comparative European context, with Werkplaats immaterieel erfgoed (Belgium), Kenniscentrum Immaterieel Erfgoed Nederland (the Netherlands), Maison des Cultures du Monde – Centre français du patrimoine culturel immateriél (France), SIMBDEA (Italy), and Verband der Museen der Schweiz / Bundesamt für Kultur (Switzerland) as partner organizations. They collaborated with ICOM International, ICH NGO Forum and NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations, and were among others supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme, the Flemish Government, and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. The project’s five previous meetings took place in each partner country, focusing on intangible cultural heritage, museums and diversity (Rotterdam, NL, 2017), participation (Palermo, IT, 2018), urbanised society (Bern, CH, 2018), innovation (Aubusson, FR, 2019) and cultural policies (Mechelen, BE, 2019). These conferences featured in depth theoretical contributions, workshops, artistic co-creations, numerous discussions and many inspirational testimonies from the fields of museums and intangible cultural heritage.

Prof. Amareswar Galla is the keynote speaker at the symposium. He will talk on the “Discursive Encounters in Liminal Spaces“. Full schedule here.

International LDE-Heritage conference | 26-28 November 2019 | TU Delft, The Netherlands

Heritage – natural and cultural, material and immaterial – plays a key role in the development of sustainable cities and communities. Goal 11, target 4, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), emphasizes the relation between heritage and sustainability. The conference inquires into the theories, methodologies, and practices of heritage and SDG. It asks: How is heritage produced and defined? By who and in what contexts? What are the understandings of sustainability, and how are these situational and contextual? How can theoretical findings on heritage and SDGs engage with heritage practice?

The conference builds upon the multidisciplinary expertise of academics in the humanities, social sciences and spatial sciences, notably the interdisciplinary cross-over research program Design & History@TUDelft, the active collaboration in the Heritage and Identity section of the LDE-Center for Global Heritage and Development (CGHD), heritage-related research conducted at Leiden University, as well as by other associated partners in the consortium.

The Design & History@TUDelft research program brings together different departments and disciplines: architecture, urbanism, history, landscape architecture, real estate, and management and engineering. Design & History@TUDelft aims to further understanding of the role of history and heritage in the transformation of cities, and consequently using the past to enable buildings, cities, and landscapes to develop more sustainable, resource-efficient, resilient, safe and inclusive. Researchers from Leiden University approach heritage from a broad variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as archaeology, museum studies, cultural anthropology, and area studies. Leiden heritage research explores processes of heritage making, and the appreciation and valuation of material and immaterial heritage, to arrive at new insights towards the cultural constitution of societies. Creating, acknowledging and contesting heritage tends to be politically sensitive, as it involves assertions and redefinitions of memory and identity.

This conference creates a setting for academics and heritage-practitioners to explore these questions from distinct angles. We aim to bring academics and practitioners into the conversation to further their understanding of and impact on heritage conservation, and to increase their impact on the sustainable development of cities and communities. For the conference schedule, click here.

Prof. Amareswar Galla is a keynote speaker at the conference.