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Bihar Museum Biennale | Visions for Future Museums | 24th March 2021 | 5:30-6:45 PM

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LExyyiVgTGeJq6dFld8gzg

Having experienced the impetus to museum cultures, their engagement, and their outreach via the necessary adaptation required due to the pandemic how do we see the museum experience undergoing a change in the future? What is the new role of the museum? How is the museum visit going to change in terms of interaction, the virtual, and the exploratory? What role will data play in informing museum cultures? What can museums do to keep up with the technological and interactive design advancement to stay relevant? What will be the elements of the museum of the future?

Dr Amareswar Galla (UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, Anant National University, Ahmedabad)
Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Director-General of CSMVS, Mumbai)
Abhishek Poddar (Founder, MAP)
Roobina Karode (Director & Chief Curator of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art)
Mofidul Hoque (Founder-Trustee, The Liberation War Museum)

Moderator: Suresh Jayaram, Founder of 1.Shanthiroad Studio

UNESCO Online Debate on Museums | Reflections on the Future of Museums | 18th March 2021 | 6:30-9:30 PM IST

UNESCO brings together 12 museum directors from around the world at an online debate on 18 March. The event will focus on the impact of the pandemic on museum institutions, the lessons learnt, how they are addressing ongoing challenges and shaping the future of museums. Over 90% of the world’s 95000 museums have closed their doors during the first wave of Covid19, a considerable percentage of which were shut down again since the last semester of 2020. Even though museums globally have quickly adapted to the situation, the impact of the pandemic will significantly change, even redefine, museums in the post Covid era.

After an opening by Lazare Eloundou Assomo (Director of Culture and Emergencies at UNESCO) and Alberto Garlandini (President of ICOM), the panelists will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of museums within two high-level panels.

The first panel, moderated by Laurella Yssap-Rinçon (Memorial ACTe Guadeloupe), includes Barbara Jatta (Vatican Museums), Barbara Helwing (Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin), Xudong Wang (Palace Museum, Beijing), Juliana Restrepo (National Museum of Colombia) and Tristram Hunt (Victoria & Albert Museum, London).

The second panel, moderated by Emmanuel Kasarhérou (Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac museum, Paris), includes Antonio Saborit (National museum of Anthropology of Mexico), Hamady Bocoum (Museum of Black Civilizations, Dakar), Mikhail Piotrovski (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim (National museum of Egyptian Civilization, Cairo) and Deborah Lynn Mack (National museum of African Art, Washington D.C.).

Watch the debate in French: http://webcast.unesco.org/live/room-12/fr

Watch the debate in English: http://webcast.unesco.org/live/room-12/en

For any questions or inquiries about this event, please contact UNESCO Museums Unit at: sec.mus@unesco.org

Significance of Fellowships | 20th February 2021 | 5-6:30 PM IST

The Webinar on the ‘Significance of Fellowships’ will discuss the importance of scholarships in practice-based art research. The webinar invites experienced voices to introduce the audience to the essential aspects of fellowships and scholarships and discuss the pros and cons of such support systems, while exploring the possibilities of practice-based researches in the field of independent art practise.

Speakers: Prof Dr Amreswar Galla (Academician & Mentor), Pooja Sood (Art Administrator), Anurupa Roy (Practitioner, Former fellow and Initiator);

Moderator: Ms Reena Dewan (Director of KCC)

Zoom Webinar & Facebook Live
Date: 20th February 2021
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 hrs (IST)
Register at: https://bit.ly/3d2uO0n

To know more, visit – www.kolkatacentreforcreativity.org/program

LADxNYUAD Symposium | Reframing Museums | 16-18 November 2020 |

Reframing Museums is a first-of-its-kind, virtual symposium to address new challenges and responsibilities facing museums today. The symposium will see a daily programme of roundtable panel discussions, break-out groups, and keynotes from global leaders such as HE Noura Al Kaabi (Minister of Culture and Youth, UAE), HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak (Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi), Jean-Luc Martinez (Director of Musée du Louvre, France), Kwame Anthony Appiah (Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE/USA), Krzysztof Pomian (historian and philosopher) and Nujoom Al Ghanem (poet and film director)

The programme was developed by a curatorial committee and informed by key learnings gleaned from pre-symposium workshops titled “Unframed Voices.” Hosted by both institutions, the workshops were conceived to enable active engagement from a broad range of voices before and during the symposium

The three-day symposium is free and open to the public. The full programme and registration are available on the Reframing Museums website.

Prof Amareswar Galla spoke on the topic ‘InDivisible World Views & Indigenous Peoples’ in Roundtable 5 | Voices of authority: expertise, participation and inclusion in the museum of tomorrow.  Click Here for Recording.

Click Here to view program overview.

Click here to view the speaker bios. 

A Culture of Resilience: Mobilising Arts, Culture and Heritage to Win the Race to Zero in the Asia-Pacific Region | 17 November 2020 | 8:00 AM IST

This event is part of a series of three dialogues that the Climate Heritage Network is hosting in different time zones across the planet during Climate Heritage Week. Each of these 3 dialogue is aimed at a different global region and will highlight concrete culture-based strategies being implemented through new partnerships between cultural actors and stakeholders across sectors. Dialogues will address specific barriers that can hinder such multi-stakeholder collaborations and will explore the links between these resilience measures and key 1.5-degree pathways like food and cities. You can read more about the whole 3 dialogue series below or here: https://www.culturexclimate.org/dialogues

The CHN dialogue series is in turn a part of the broader November Dialogues planned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz. We are extremely proud that this event marks one of the first times that the topic of culture and heritage has been included in a high level UN event of this type. The UN November Dialogues form a part of the High Level Champions’ ‘Race To Zero,’ a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery.

Professor Dr Amareswar Galla will speak at the event in the Roundtable: Creativity, design, art and cultural heritage as decarbonisation pathways for cities and buildings. Click here to view the schedule.

Register Here for the event.

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

The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic within the Women’s Civil Society Organisations in Africa | 28 October 2020 | 1730 hours IST


As part of mentoring young people, ICICL AnantU and IIIM nominated Ms Kaye Kavurani, Anant Fellow(2020-21) as a Speaker for the webinar.

Topic: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic within the Women’s Civil Society Organisations in Africa

Date: 28 October 2020

Time: 5:30 PM IST (3 PM EAT)

Registration Link: Click Here to Register

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.

Click here for the detailed schedule


Cultural Survival: Partnering with Indigenous Communities during Pandemic | 6 October 2020 | 7-9 PM IST

Virtual Workings – E-residency for arts curators | Open Call

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok (JFBKK) and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its arts website culture360.ASEF.org are pleased to launch the open call for Virtual Workings, an e-residency for emerging arts curators from the ASEAN region and Japan. Organised as a response to the impact of the global pandemic, this e-residency will be held online for a period of 6 weeks and will offer an opportunity for capacity building, peer learning and collaboration with a support of an expert in the field who will serve as a mentor to each pair of curators.
About the Residency


Selected curators will work in pairs. Each pair will be assigned a mentor and will collaborate online over a period of 6 weeks (16 November – 22 December 2020).
Applicants are encouraged to apply in pairs. For individual applicants, the pairing will be done by the organisers.
Each applicant/pair of applicants is/are required to indicate their order of preference in the application form for the below-mentioned themes. This will be taken into consideration during the selection and “pairing” process. Within the chosen theme, each pair will further define and propose the specific topic of their project with the support of the assigned mentor.
Each pair will work on a final output that could take the form of an online presentation, photo documentary, podcast, video documentary, mock project presentation online, amongst others. The final output of the residency will be published on culture360.ASEF.org and partners’ social media channels.
At the end of residency, each pair will take part in a podcast or video interview about the collaborative process as part of a wider sharing of their residency experience
Fee: Each participant will receive a fee of USD 500 for their participation in the residency to be used for the implementation of their project idea (e.g. research fee, purchase of materials or any other necessary service fee)

Mentors and Themes

The 3 mentors for this residency include the following experts:

Ms Luckana KUNAVICHAYANONT (Thailand), Arts consultant & Independent Curator and former Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Ms TAKAHASHI Mizuki (Japan/Hong Kong SAR), Executive Director and Chief Curator, Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, Hong Kong
Prof Amareswar GALLA (Australia, India), Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia and Anant National University, India
To know more about the mentors see: https://culture360.asef.org/news-events/asef-japan-foundation-announce-virtual-workings-e-residency-arts-curators/