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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.

Heritage Matters Webinar 16 | Topic: Shakti – The Female Principle | 21st May 2021 | 2:30-4:00 PM IST

Topic: Shakti – The Female Principle

Date: 21st May 2021, Friday, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Time: 2:30-4:00 PM IST

Recording link: Click Here to Access the Recording

About the speaker: Padma Menon is a dancer, philosopher and pioneer in reviving the ancient practice of dance contemplation. Born and raised in India, she was a leading dancer in the Kuchipudi style of dance and trained under the guidance of the legendary Guru Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam. She studied Indian philosophy, yoga and martial arts under traditional lineages. She has lived in Australia and in the Netherlands, where her work has been groundbreaking in mainstreaming Indian dance through a practice that eschewed colonial interpretations of contemporary aesthetics for a radical aesthetic that was sourced from the depths of Indian practice. She mentors women to live to their full and sacred presence. Padma’s specific focus is the reclaiming of Goddess traditions as they are embodied in the roots of Indian dance.

Host: Prof 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.

The future of Anthropological Museums in India: Trends and Influences | 18th May 2021 | 11 AM IST

Heritage Matters Webinar 15 in collaboration with Anthropological Survey of India cordially invites you all to join for a Museum Popular Lecture by Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and
Sustainable Heritage Development, Anant National University, Ahmedabad.

Topic: The future of Anthropological Museums in India: Trends and Influences

Date: 18th May 2021, Tuesday [ International Museum Day ]

Time: 11:00 AM Indian Standard Time

To join please use the following details.
Meeting Id: 184 205 4189
Password: anthro
Platform: Cisco Webex

You can also follow us live on https://www.facebook.com/Anthropological-Survey-of-India-265683356807679

Heritage Matters Webinar 14 | Intangible Dance Heritage – Kalavantalu/’Devadasis’ | 8 March 2021 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

Date: 8th March 2021, Monday, International Women’s Day

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

Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/3zFolThNzjk

The complexity of safeguarding intangible heritage is yet to be researched in depth and understood through the First Voice of the respective Bearers and Transmitters. Not all elements of intangible heritage are for safeguarding. Most need to be disaggregated. Unpacked. One such element is the Dance Heritage of the Kalavantalu- Devadasis or traditional temple dancers of South India. The practice itself is legally banned. But the deep knowledge of dance and its associated creativity is highly endangered. As more and more people co-opt or appropriate their dance heritage, the livelihood of the Kalavantalu community groups has become a major concern. This webinar opens up the intercultural dialogue addressing UN SDG 5 on Women and Girls that has become imperative for safeguarding the dance heritage of Kalavantalu.

Panellist: Kalavantalu Heritage Transmitter Dr Yashoda Thakore, Kuchipudi and Devadasi Dance artist

Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India; and Founding Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/USA.