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Heritage Matters Webinar 23 | Immersive Learning and Cultural Action | 29 June 2022 | 3:30-5:00 PM

Title: Immersive Learning and Cultural Action
Date: Wednesday, 29th June 2022
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM Indian Standard Time
Recording Link: Click Here
UNESCO Chair holder and IIIM Executive Director has developed and conducted intensives for transformative learning in Australia, Vietnam, South Africa, the Netherlands and India. The focus has been on ’fingers in the dirt’ learning through interdisciplinary case studies and problem solving exercises posed by the host cultural institutions and community groups. Participants who completed various intensives bring their experience to the Heritage Matters webinar series with a focus on the importance of immersive learning for possible cultural actions.
Context: COVID 19 has opened up opportunities to: address inequities in the system to embed sustainable in SDGs/BLM; transform education and workplaces to rebuild the way we do things; rethink leadership as transformative, inclusive and collaborative; scope with immediacy new approaches to climate crisis; and address culture as an integral part of UN Agenda 2030.
Guest PanelRae Sheridan, former Director of Education, Queensland Museum, Brisbane; Geronimo Tuzo, Urban Planner, Jamaica and Anant Fellowship, Ahmedabad; and Dr David Odo, Director of Academic and Public Programs, Division Head, and Research Curator at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
HostProfessor Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, AnantU, Ahmedabad; Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University, Canberra; and Chairperson, International Research Network on the Inclusive Museum. (https://onmuseums.com)

Seventh International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies | Responsible Post Pandemic Tourism: Built Environment and Design Excellence | 27-28 June 2022

SPECIAL FOCUS  |  THEMES & TENSIONS SCOPE & CONCERNS  |   PROGRAM

2022 Special Focus—Responsible Post Pandemic Tourism: Built Environment & Design Excellence

The pandemic has become an opportunity to stop, reflect and rethink what tourism and the leisure spectrum will be all about in the future. The paradigm shifts call for diversifying visitor experiences, considering sustainable alternatives, and moving from “mass tourism” and “over-tourism” to a “distributed tourism” that benefits a network of local community groups in both the formal and informal sectors. In this future, what kind of built environment/s do we envisage? As “designing” is a ubiquitous process that offers the vehicle to improve lives and experiences, what variety of design options and challenges do we consider? These, and many other questions, will be raised in the heart of the two-thousand-year-old spice trade – Muziris, Kerala. And of particular focus, based on this local context, the role of creativity, festivals, and biennales, in facilitating the “design” of transformations will be interrogated. It will be a shared dialogue and discourse through critical research and case studies between the Global South and North addressing all the 17 SDGs, with only eight years of the UN 2030 Agenda left!

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Vadnagar International Conference for Promoting Archaeological Heritage & Culture | 18-20 May 2022

This year, India is celebrating the 75 years of Independence as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and as a part of this Government of Gujarat in association with Ministry of Culture, Government of India organised Vadnagar International Conference for Promoting Archaeological Heritage & Culture. The conference was also supported by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It was organized from May 18th to 20th, 2022 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Notable knowledge experts from India and across the globe participated in the conference as speakers. The conference served as a platform to share and exchange new ideas and learnings from across the world. UNESCO being the event partner of the conference and Anant National University as University partner. The sessions of the conference have been decided in a view to promote Archaeological Heritage and Culture of Vadnagar.

Prof Amareswar Galla was a keynote speaker at the conference.

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Heritage Matters Webinar 22 | Museums and Indigenous Peoples | 19 February 2022 | 7:30-9:00 PM

Topic: Museums and Indigenous Peoples

Date: Saturday, 19th February 2022

Time: 7:30-9:00 PM Indian Standard Time

Recording LinkClick Here

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007. The Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, over 6% of the world’s population. It establishes the universal framework of minimum standards for the dignity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. It was drafted by Indigenous Peoples from across the world. ICOM Code of Ethics & ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter; and UNESCO 2015 Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections progress the UNDRIP Declaration (https://onmuseums.com/about/scope-concerns). In this context, two global museum leaders, both former Vice Presidents of ICOM, Paris, will engage on the critical issues addressing the Pandemic, SDGs and Climate Crisis.

Guest: W. Richard West Jr., An eminent lawyer who is the Founding Director Emeritus of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and immediate Past President of the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles.

Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, AnantU, Ahmedabad; Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University, Canberra; and Chairperson, International Research Network Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Philadelphia, 2022. (https://onmuseums.com)

Valuing Culture – Phd Thesis of Dr Deborah Tranter | 22nd December 2021 | 3-5 PM IST

Date – 22 December 2021
Time – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic – Valuing Culture – Phd Thesis of Dr Deborah Tranter

Speaker – Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development

The lecture focused on making rhe PhD candidates understand the fundamentals of thesis writing. Drawing on his primary supervisory experience with Dr Deborah Tranter and others from the University of Queensland, Prof Galla reelected on the process of writing a PhD thesis.

Heritage Matters Webinar 21 | Collections, Communities and Connections | 27 October 2021

Title: Collections, Communities and Connections

Date: Wednesday, 27th October 2021

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM Indian Standard Time

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/Qpk01cfR-A4

All the international conferences of ICOM and UNESCO in the past two years have emphasised once again the centrality of community engagement in the post pandemic realities of museum development. Despite forty years of such a concern there has been a poverty of inclusive cultural leadership. Heritage Matters 21 brings you a global champion of public archaeology, museums, visitor research and cultural diversity. He hosted the International Research Network Conference on the Inclusive Museum in 2017 in Manchester.

Guest: Dr Nick Merriman, Director of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London and Honorary Professor of Museum Studies, University of Manchester. Previously he was the Director of the Manchester Museum, England; and held leadership roles at the Museum of London and University College, London. Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, AnantU, Ahmedabad; Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University, Canberra; and Chairperson, International Research Network Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Philadelphia, 2022. (onmuseums.com)

Heritage Matters Webinar 20 | Monuments, Cities and Connected Histories Confirmation | 6 October 2021

Title: Monuments, Cities and Connected Histories Confirmation

Date: Wednesday, 6th October 2021
Time: 7:30 – 9:00PM Indian Standard Time
Recording Link: Click Here
Pan Macmillan India has launched an aspirational series entitled Magnificent Heritage bringing together heritage conservation and historical writing. The underlying emphasis on evidence based scholarship and multivocality promises new heritage discourse. It is for serious scholars and heritage practitioners. It is also for multiple publics. Accessibility is through lucid writing and at times play between myth and reality. Translating heritage values and making them accessible is an art form. Dr Sinha has excelled at this through his monograph on six World Heritage sites and three Imperial Cities – Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.

PanelDr. Shashank Shekhar Sinha is an independent researcher and currently works as Publishing Director at Routledge (South Asia). He formerly taught in undergraduate colleges at the University of Delhi. Isha Banerji is Editor at Pan Macmillan India, where she publishes books across three imprints: Pan, Macmillan and Picador. HostProfessor Dr Amareswar Galla is UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museum and Sustainable Heritage Development at AnantU, Ahmedabad and Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Heritage Matters Webinar 19 | Indigeneity & Towards A New Social Contract 

Title: Indigeneity & Towards A New Social Contract

Date: Thursday, 5th August 2021
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM Indian Standard Time
Recording Link: Click Here
Over 476 million indigenous peoples in 90 countries. 6.2 percent of the global population. Largest in China and India. Nearly 9% in India. Custodians, bearers, and transmitters of diverse knowledge systems. A special relationship with their lands and diverse concepts of development based on their own worldviews and priorities. We listen to indigenous experts from India: Ms Bibitha S. from the Kadar community in Kerala on Sustainable Development; Dr Charisma K. Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Sikkim University, on Anthropological Perspectives; Mr N. Shakmacha Singh, Museum Associate, IGRMS Bhopal, on Museological Approaches; and Ms Lisa Lomdak, Assistant Professor RG University, on Linguistic and Language Imperatives. Moderated by the UNESCO Chair on Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, UN expert on Indigenous concerns and SDGs.

Heritage Matters Webinar 18 | Public Spaces & Heritage Values – Australian Perspectives | 2nd August 2021 | 2:30 – 4:00 PM IST

Title: Public Spaces & Heritage Values – Australian Perspectives

Date: 2nd August 2021

Time: 2:30-4:00 PM IST

Recording Link: Click Here
Panellist: Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Executive Director, Public Spaces at NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Australia.
Caroline is an outstanding planner with high-level creative and strategic direction in the development, management and delivery of activations across multiple art forms and channels online, onsite and on tour. She has a strong commitment and drive to engage and inspire 21st-century audiences in the joys and relevance of public space, heritage and culture. She is fluid at relationship skills and stakeholder engagement with donors, corporate partners, government (local, state and commonwealth), volunteers, staff, peak industry groups and media. Caroline has deep subject knowledge as an award-winning author and curator in topics relating to architecture, cities, public spaces, museums and lifelong learning. She is a versatile media expert with extensive experience in engaging with audiences in the print and digital environment. Her community attention has focused locally across the world with a renewed interest in our green spaces and shared places. Reclaiming neighborhoods as shared localities is a focus area of interest for the Anant Fellowship at AnantU. It is not only about rethinking and scoping built environment respecting physical distancing but also facilitating redesign of centers and public spaces addressing quality of life indicators. Caroline will share her knowledge and perspectives.
HostDr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development; Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India; and Founding Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/USA.

Heritage Matters Webinar 17 | Tree Planting as a Spiritual Journey | 5th June 2021 | 9:30-11 PM IST

Title: Tree Planting as a Spiritual Journey

Date: 5th June 2021

Time: 9:30-11:00 PM IST

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/F4LjCx2rKbY

Environmental degradation, Climate crisis and the Pandemic are interrelated. Environmental recovery is a priority. Afforestation and carbon sequestration are critical actions that everyone could take responsibility for as part of their local action plans. World Environment Day advocates putting ecosystem restoration on a pedestal. Reimagine. Recreate. Restore. Together, these form the theme of World Environment Day 2021 on 5 June, a day when the UN seeks to focus the attention of investors, businesses, governments and communities on the increasingly urgent need to restore the Earth’s ecosystems. In this context, Green Sakthi is a not-for-profit collective committed to deepening the relationship between people and nature. (www.greensakthi.org) It aspires to plant 5 million trees in Tamil Nadu, South India. Heritage Matters is focused on: Post Pandemic Sustainability Research: Towards a Green Economic Recovery for Nature, People and Planet. (https://onsustainability.com/) Heritage Matters is partnering with Green Sakthi in a conversation on the deep rootedness of tree planting as a spiritual journey.

Host: Sonya Bekkerman from New York City is an art consultant and Vice President of Divine Love World Charity, a 501 non profit organization.
Initiative: Nathalie Latham, French Australian, has been leading Green Sakthi initiatives since 2010. These include education, solar energy and the #5milliontrees program.
Narrative: Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development; Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India; and Founding Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/USA.