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ARC-funded workshop: Collecting Institutions, cultural diversity and the making of citizenship in Australia since the 1970s
27-28 November 2014

As part of an ARC Discovery project looking at the history of the Australian collecting sector's engagement with cultural diversity and changing understandings of citizenship, this workshop will examine key moments in this history by looking in some detail at specific exhibitions as well as institutions that have shaped curatorial practices in this field. The workshop will explore both collecting and exhibition practices at national, state, regional and local levels, in museums, libraries and archives. It will also provide some comparison with international practices by drawing on the work of a parallel project the ways in which European national museums have engaged with cultural diversity. The intent is to provided a forum for an exchange of information on the history of curatorial practices around cultural diversity in ways that foster dialogue between those involved in developing these practices and scholars who analyse the results.

Exploring themes like:

  • Reflections on cultural diversity, citizenship and museums
  • Migrants, Ethnicity and the politics of exhibitions
  • Cultural Diversity in Local and Regional Museums
  • Curating Uneasy conversations between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians
  • Cultural Diversity, Citizenship and national institutions

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Deakin City Campus
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street

Further info: Andrea Witcomb:

Cultural Heritage Seminar: The Historic Urban Landscape Approach: Finding a better way to manage change in the regional historic city of Ballarat
27 November 2014

Urban Landscape (HUL) by the City of Ballarat. Said to be a new approach to urban conservation the HUL is, perhaps unsurprisingly, receiving mixed reviews. Challenging dominant understandings of urban heritage and confronting the challenge of change versus conservation head-on, the HUL is intended to be a much needed holistic and integrated landscape-based approach that responds to contemporary pressures confronting historic cities.

The regional city of Ballarat is renowned for its 19th century goldfields buildings and predominant historic streetscapes. With extensive planning protection and long-established community activism focused on built heritage conservation outcomes, Ballarat is representative of a dominant focus on the static built environment. Motivated by a need to adopt better and more inclusive processes as well as responding to projections of almost fifty percent population growth by 2031, the City of Ballarat began localising the HUL approach in 2012 and formally became part of an international pilot program to implement UNESCO's HUL in 2013.

This is a first-hand account of the City of Ballarat's journey to find better ways to conserve and manage Ballarat's heritage. In a time of increasing decentralisation this journey is highlighting what could happen when you empower Local Government to take a lead role in delivering and developing innovative new local approaches to urban conservation.

Heritage diplomacy thus seeks to both complicate the picture and allow us to ask more fine-grained questions about the possible futures of World Heritage and the governance of culture and nature more generally.

Susan Fayad is the Coordinator Heritage Strategy at the City of Ballarat in regional Victoria and is managing the roll out of UNESCO's Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape pilot program through a Strategic Cooperation Agreement between the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific (WHITRAP) in Shanghai, China and the City of Ballarat. She played an instrumental role in the development of the City of Ballarat's Preserving Ballarat's Heritage Strategy which addresses heritage management challenges using a preventive change management approach. The City of Ballarat's strategy has been recognised with awards from the Heritage Council of Victoria and Planning Institute of Australia (Vic.) for its innovative approach.

DINNER: The seminar will be followed by drinks to celebrate a year of very exciting seminars and participation!! Please RSVP for booking.

Deakin City Campus
Theatre Room
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street

Further info: Yamini Narayanan:

ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars: Remembering the Mighty Atom: The Manhattan Project National Park, USA
Date TBC

The ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars are a lunchtime series where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic.

Professor David Lowe will be presenting.

Deakin University Waterfront Campus

For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at:

Book Launch: 'Remembering Genocide'
8 December 2014

edited by ADRI Research Fellow Pam MacLean and Nigel Eltringham

Remembering Genocide is the second volume in the Routledge series Remembering the Modern World, whose series editors are Professor David Lowe and Dr Tony Joel from ADRI. In Remembering Genocide an international group of scholars draws on current research from a range of disciplines to explore how communities throughout the world remember genocide. Whether coming to terms with atrocities committed in Namibia and Rwanda, Australia, Canada, the Punjab, Armenia, Cambodia and during the Holocaust, those seeking to remember genocide are confronted with numerous challenges. Survivors grapple with the possibility, or even the desirability, of recalling painful memories. Societies where genocide has been perpetrated find it difficult to engage with an uncomfortable historical legacy. Still, to forget genocide is not an option. Forgetting reinforces the vulnerability of groups whose very existence remains in jeopardy and denies them the possibility of bringing perpetrators to justice. Contributors, including Dr Donna Frieze from ADRI, discuss how genocide is represented in media including literature, memorial books, film and audiovisual testimony. Debates surrounding the role museums and monuments play in constructing and transmitting memory are highlighted. Finally, authors engage with controversies arising from attempts to mobilise and manipulate memory in the service of reconciliation, compensation and transitional justice.

The book will be launched by Tony Barta an Honorary Research Associate in the History Department at La Trobe University. His pioneering chapter 'Relations of genocide. Land and lives in the colonization of Australia' revolutionised academic understandings of the nature and process of the genocide of Australia's Indigenous peoples. Other publications on the theme of indigenous genocide include 'Sorry and not sorry in Australia. How the apology to the stolen generations buried a history of genocide', Journal of Genocide Research (2008). He has also researched extensively on Nazi genocide and film.

Pam Maclean is an Honorary Fellow at ADRI. She has published widely on Holocaust memory, especially on the role of Holocaust videotestimony. She is co-editor with Michele Langfield of Testifying to the Holocaust 2008). Her teaching at Deakin University covered the Holocaust and genocide.

Dr Nigel Eltringham is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Accounting for horror: Post-genocide debates in Rwanda (2004) and has edited Framing Africa: Portrayals of a Continent in Contemporary Mainstream Cinema (2013). He is currently preparing a monograph on the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda.

4pm - 5:30pm
Deakin University City Campus
Theatre Room

For further information, please contact Jo Collins: .

Conference: Indonesia Council Open Conference
2-3 July 2015

The ICOC (Indonesia Council Open Conference) is a multi-disciplinary conference which provides a forum for the presentation of new and innovative work on Indonesia with particular emphasis on encouraging engagement between newer Indonesianists and established scholars. It attracts participants from all over Australia and many other parts of the world.

The 8th ICOC will be held at Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong, 2-3 July 2015. Preceding the conference proper a workshop for Honours and graduate/postgraduate students will be held in the morning session on 2 July.

Now accepting papers.

Visit the conference website for more information

Or contact Jemma Purdey:

Conference: 21st Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference
10-12 July 2015

The 21st Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Education, and the Alfred Deakin Research Institute.

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) has over 600 members internationally and has the following objectives:

  • To generate research and knowledge about sustainable development by facilitating the work of those who labour to create new knowledge regarding sustainable development.
  • To disseminate knowledge about sustainable development. Consistent with knowledge generation, the Society also obligates itself to the task of spreading knowledge worldwide for the benefit of those with a similar interest.
  • To educate others about sustainable development. Sustainable development places multiple and urgent demands upon global and local societies who will eventually determine the degree to which the Earth's resources are sustained.
  • To establish an information exchange for sustainable development. Given the proliferation of sustainability entities and venues, the Society will strive to provide a coordinating role for linking all these efforts together.

The theme for the 2015 ISDRS conference will be:

The Tipping Point: Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity - The conference will focus on the management of social and natural community vulnerabilities and enhancement of adaptations that provide security as we pursue sustainability.

We expect to have over 150 international delegates attending next year's conference with experts presenting on the following themes:

1. Sustainable Development Science
2. Ecosystem Pressures and Limits
3. Climate Change and Energy
4. Sustainable Land Use & Sustainable cities
5. Corporate Sustainability and Innovation
6. Society and Sustainability
7. Institutions and governance structures for SD
8. Society, Culture and Sustainability
9. Gender and development

Deakin University Waterfront Campus

For further information contact conference co-ordinator Yamini Narayanan:

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

25th November 2014