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The Alfred Deakin Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, and the School of Humanities and Social Science launched the latest volumes in the Routledge “Key Issues in Cultural Heritage” Series.
The Heritage of War, edited by Martin Gegner & Bart Ziino (Deakin University), and Heritage, Labour & the Working Classes, edited by Laurajane Smith, Paul Shackell & Gary Campbell, were officially launched by Professor Andrew Reeves, Monash University, and Professor Lee Astheimer, DVC (Research), Deakin University in November 2011.
The Heritage of War is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which heritage is mobilized in remembering war, and in reconstructing landscapes, political systems and identities after conflict. It examines the deeply contested nature of war heritage in a series of places and contexts, highlighting the modes by which governments, communities, and individuals claim validity for their own experiences of war and the meanings they attach to them.
Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes is both a celebration and commemoration of working class culture. It contains sometimes inspiring accounts of working class communities and people telling their own stories, and weaves together examples of tangible and intangible heritage, place, history, memory, music and literature.
Previous titles in the Series include: Heritage and Globalisation; Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights; Places of Pain and Shame; and Intangible Heritage.
The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific is helping to host an audience studies symposium at Deakin University designed to launch a new research group on audiences studies. Focusing on the audience experience, this symposium is interested in exploring how audience studies can help the cultural sector gain an understanding of their audiences and how they might use that in developing content. Speakers come from a range of cultural institutions, from the performing arts to the ABC and Museum Victoria.
Staff from the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific are all involved in providing service to the heritage community. Over the years, they have played a role in Museums Australia, in ICOMOS, in UNESCO's world heritage program and by conducting capacity building workshops in the Asia Pacific region for example. Recently, we have added to this history of service with two new appointments.
The Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced the re-appointment of Prof Bill Logan to the Heritage Council of Victoria for a further three-year term (2011-2014). The Heritage Council's functions, as set out in the Heritage Act 1995, include determining which places and objects are to be added to the Victorian Heritage Register, advising the Planning Minister on heritage issues and promoting public understanding of Victoria's non-Indigenous cultural heritage. Bill chairs the Heritage Council's Research and Investigation Committee and is a member of its Intangible and Movable Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee.
Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb has been appointed to the Cultural Heritage Committee of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Amongst its responsibilities, this Committee assesses recommendations for National Trust heritage classification from the Trust's advisory committees, provides oversight on the conservation and advocacy roles of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and promotes an integrated holistic approach to our indigenous, natural and historical heritage.
CHCAP members applaud the AM honours awarded to the late Professor David Dolan and Professor Graeme Davison. Both have been strong voices and untiring advocates of heritage conservation in Australia, demonstrating the important role of the public intellectual in heritage practice.
David Dolan died late last year, too soon. His energy in museum challenges and heritage battles inspired colleagues in Canberra and Sydney museums, and students in the course he established at Curtin University, Perth, in 1995. He is much missed as a friend and colleague - and we take off our hats to his memory, now adorned with the AM honour.
Graeme Davison is still active, commenting, writing and acting on museum and heritage issues throughout Australia, to the benefit of the heritage industry and its audiences. From his base in the History program at Monash University, he shared his knowledge and tactical knowhow with Victorian heritage places and the National Museum of Australia, often being involved in strong advocacy roles. We add cheers to the honour of the AM, which comes not before time.
Bravo, Graeme and David!
Prof Bill Logan spoke at a UN Consultative Meeting in Geneva on 'Accessing cultural heritage as a human right'. The Human Rights Commission has appointed as its first Independent Expert on cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, Director of Research at Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre. Ms Shaheed has chosen to focus on cultural heritage during 2011 and is preparing a major report on the links between cultural heritage and human rights.
Prof Logan was invited to give the first Expert presentation both in the closed Expert sessions on 8 and 9 February 2011 and in the open session for Permanent Delegates to the UN, NGOS, etc. on 10 February. His brief was to address four questions:
He says it was an honour to have been present at such an important meeting. It flows on to another meeting, in March 2011 in Oslo, where Prof Logan will give the opening presentation at a meeting organized by Norway ICOMOS that aims to move the World Heritage system towards a rights-based approach to heritage management.
He has published several research papers on the human rights implications of heritage conservation practice at global and national levels and co-edited a book Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights (Routledge 2010) with Associate Professor Michele Langfield (Deakin Uni.) and Professor Mairead Nic Craith (Uni. Ulster). He finds it rewarding to see the issue being picked up by the UN, UNESCO, ICOMOS and other global organisations.
The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific is celebrating the arrival of two new staff members who commenced work with the Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies team at the beginning of February 2011: Kristal Buckley, universally-known ICOMOS identity, and Dr Steve Cooke, a cultural and historical geographer who has worked for the National Trust and the Shrine of Remembrance, since he departed academe in the UK to become an Australian. They will pick up the teaching reins of Bill Logan and Colin Long, and thus bring staff to full strength, with full-time coverage of all units. Bill remains a half-time staff member, devoted to research. Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb has become the new Director of the Centre while Jonathan Sweet and Linda Young complete the group, based in Burwood, Melbourne.
Deakin's heritage and museums program is now the largest and most comprehensive in Australia. 226 students were enrolled (mainly part-time) in 2010, in the PhD, MA, Master of Cultural Heritage and two streams of Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate studies. Deakin is the only Australian university to offer distance programs in heritage and museums.
Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies hosted the Army Museums Network for an 11th annual summer school at Deakin in January. 20 participants - service people, reservists, retired military and sundry volunteers - enjoyed the week of classes, site visits, pracs, and convivial networking. They were capped at the end of the course by Jennifer Radbourne, with the trendy new Deakin baseball caps - a great hit.
Among the sites visited were the Fires Services Museum at Eastern Hill; the Victoria Police Museum in the city; the RAAF Museum at Point Cook; and the Shrine of Remembrance. Bart Ziino and history Honours graduate Leah Riches gave after-dinner talks on aspects of their research, to the great interest of the group. For many participants, it was a first-ever experience of university, from staying in the Student Residences to quaffing at Einstein's, and while Army people are very accustomed to specialist training courses, they said they really enjoyed the atmosphere and services at Deakin.
The course was organised, managed and taught by Linda Young and Vilia Dukas on behalf of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. Linda and participant Pam Browne, of the Army Engineers Museum in Sydney, subsequently spent time with the staff of the Fires Services Museum, assisting with policies and other standards. We hope to establish an on-going relationship with student volunteers to bring Museum records into shape.