2014 news

Meet one of America's leading public historians

2014 news

Kristal Buckley appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia

Tim Winter takes up a Chair in Cultural Heritage

Curatorial Internship: Rebecca Bolden

Cultural Heritage seminar series 2013

Cross-cultural Learning in India

Meet one of America's leading public historians

The Alfred Deakin Research Institute and The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific have pleasure in inviting you to two events:

1. Public Lecture and Roundtable: 'The 10,000-Mile-Long Mirror'

5th May 2014

At this public lecture, Dr Richard Rabinowitz, President of American History Worskshop, will reflect on the experience of exploring Australia's museum culture, a process he has found most useful in making him aware of the distinctiveness of his own approach and that of his compatriots in the US. In this paper, he will ruminate on the differences between American and Australian museum cultures, focusing in particular on differences in national attitudes and practices in public history, pedagogy, institutional politics and financing. Key themes he will be addressing include:

WHAT, PRECISELY, IS THE SUBJECT OF HISTORY? - realizing the power of museums to engage visitors as kinesthetic (embodied) and socially enmeshed learners
EXPERIENCE VS. INFORMATION - themes vs. stories; showing off what WE know
IS THERE AN AUSTRALIAN CUISINE? - the radical disengagement in the US from national narratives, and the contrast with Australia
THE REAL STUFF [collection objects, sites] AND THE "OTHER" STUFF -the interpretive toolbox as an equal focal-point of visitor attentiveness.

Please join the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for what should be a stimulating and informative discussion with contributions from local practitioners as well.


Monday 5 May 2014
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Burke Street

Please RSVP to Professor Andrea Witcomb on andrea.witcomb@deakin.edu.au
Numbers are limited!

2. Workshop: 'Months of work to yield moments of delight: The Making of a Narrative Exhibition'

7th May 2014

In this workshop, Dr Richard Rabinowitz and Lynda Kaplan will conduct a workshop on how to develop a (narrative) interpretative exhibition. They will use the New-York Historical Society show on Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn, which they curated and produced as a test case. Their program will include:

I. Creating the Narrative Arc, Shaping the Curatorial and Research Work

Start with the client's "brief". The participants will be asked to construct alternative storylines for an exhibition on the age of revolution in the 18th-century Atlantic world. We'll do bubble diagrams of possible exhibition pathways, marking out the need for introductory, milestone, and concluding elements. And then we'll evaluate the alternatives together for their effectiveness in (a) communicating key concepts and (b) being represented by "sticky" objects and engaging interpretive media. Emphasis here upon the visitors' experiential learning as the central thread of the exhibition plan.
Then we'll begin to lay out research and curatorial work plans. And then RR will describe how the storyline of the Rev exhibition actually came together, work roles.

II.The Work of Interpretive Design

Imagining the overall exhibition architecture: where visitors are coming from, the approach, the threshold, the passage, and the farewell. Developing the exhibition's design metaphor(s) in collaboration with the design team. Applying a coherent pedagogical approach. Pinpointing the overview-immersion rhythms. Understanding intermittent attentiveness and the need to re-engage visitors.
RR and LBK will explore the key decisions related to interpretive design in the Rev exhibition: Welcome videos (Area 0), Exhibition Threshold, Intro (the revolutionary crisis, and how it is represented in the contrast between royal court and colonial tavern), key metaphor of the Atlantic storm and application of the Common Wind as a divided between the three Acts of the Play; three "revolutionary" sequences (pre-existing conditions, triggers, consequences), and conclusion.
Quick summary of the research, curatorial, writing process.

III. Sweating the Details

Many critical issues emerge in the final stages of design and fabrication - floor and wall surfaces, color, lighting, graphic design details (e.g., font types and sizes), mounting and framing techniques for objects and documents, juxtapositions and proximities, and equally pertinent questions related to media production. These are usually delegated, properly, to the design team, BUT THEY HAVE IMPORTANT INTERPRETIVE CONSEQUENCES, although most historians and curators are unused to dealing with them. In this part of our workshop, LBK will explore how AHW collaborated with the designers in resolving very significant issues related to these design details.

IV. Framing the Response to One's Work

We will conclude the workshop by discussing the curator's role in once again - at the moment of the exhibition opening-framing and articulating the exhibition's timeliness and public significance to the press and stakeholders. Here we will also review the relationship between one's personal professional goals and one's support for the institutional mission of the sponsors. How to explain to the client that her brief has in fact been totally satisfied. Etc.

Spaces are limited, so to book your place please email Professor Andrea Witcomb on andrea.witcomb@deakin.edu.au


Date: Wednesday, 7th of May, 2014.
Location: Deakin City Campus, 550 Bourke Street, Level 3.
Time: 2 -5 pm.

The event is free.

2013 News

Kristal Buckley appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia

Deakin researcher Kristal Buckley, a lecturer in cultural heritage, has received an AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Her citation for the honour reads: For significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the area of cultural heritage, and to education.

"This is exciting news," said Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb, the deputy director of ADRI, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, and the Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP).

"This award adds to our vision of making CHCAP a really strong pillar of ADRI.

"It also just goes to show not only the calibre of the staff we have here at Deakin, but the esteemin which they are held outside the University.

"In Kristal's case her work with the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is not only what has led to this award but it is also what gives us such good connections at both national and international levels with the heritage industry and ensures our research keeps abreast of changes on the ground, particularly in regard to World Heritage issues."

Kristal Buckley said she was both greatly honoured and also humbled by this recognition.

"It comes after many wonderful and challenging moments of collaboration with colleagues and communities," she said.

"I am very grateful especially to Deakin, especially my colleagues and friends at the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific for encouraging me to play a role on the international scene as well as providing an ideal professional home."

Kristal Buckley has had more than 25 years experience as a cultural heritage practitioner, including roles in government, teaching, consulting and non-government organisations.

She holds qualifications in archaeology, anthropology and public policy, and her work has included Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage assessments, research and management projects.

In her role with ICOMOS, she has worked with the World Heritage Convention, and with cultural heritage issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Her research interests include:

  • Cultural landscapes, the associative values of land and seascapes, integration of natural and cultural perspectives.
  • Intangible cultural heritage, community engagement and involvement in cultural heritage.
  • Cultural Mapping and the documentation and use of Cultural Knowledge.
  • Implementation and evolution of the World Heritage Convention and other international instruments for culture.
  • Evolving Cultural Heritage practice in the Asia-Pacific region

Tim Winter takes up a Chair in Cultural Heritage

Associate Professor Tim Winter takes up a Chair in Cultural Heritage, joining us from the University of Western Sydney. Tim's research features a multidimensional approach to the idea of 'heritage' and draws especially on developments in Asia. We are delighted to welcome Tim.

Curatorial Internship: Rebecca Bolden

Rebecca reflects on her internship experience:

I began my internship with Bayside City Council in July 2012 and am now nearing my final month. The curatorial program allows one student to work closely with members of the Arts and Culture team completing curatorial and collection management tasks. The intern is also required to devise and develop one exhibition with an associated public program to be displayed at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre.

Over the past twelve months I have gained valuable insight into museum and gallery practices, such as collection management, curatorial tasks, exhibitions and public programs. The best part of the internship has been the hands-on approach provided by my mentors. I was able to work on a project from beginning to end from which I gained in depth knowledge of the processes involved in developing an exhibition as well as an overview of the industry as a whole.

The process of curating an exhibition has been truly enlightening. For this exhibition I was given the autonomy to choose a theme that reflected my own interests. This enabled me to pursue my passion for local history by re-interpreting the story behind one of Bayside's most significant heritage buildings. The exhibition I have curated, Behind Billilla: The Weatherly Story explores the historical events and unique characters that have influenced the estate. I also organised a children’s outreach activity for my public program. Guided by an informative worksheet, children closely examined the exhibition to answer questions about the characters, pictures and objects on display. Helping children engage with the exhibition in an educational way was a fun and rewarding opportunity. Overall constructing the exhibition and facilitating the experience of visitors was a very positive experience.

It is rare to find positions that offer both mentorship and support from seasoned professionals in the industry. I would highly recommend internship programs to other students in the field as they allow you to integrate and reinforce the knowledge, ethics, and ideas acquired from the Museum Studies program at Deakin University. My internship enabled me to bridge the gap between coursework and real life practice. It has given me great confidence in my abilities and I am excited to partake on the next stage of my curatorial journey.

Cultural Heritage seminar series 2013

Seminar: 'Sovereignty, translation and the integration of nature and culture in Asia-Pacific World Heritage'
21 March, 2013

The Alfred Deakin Research Instute and the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific have pleasure in inviting you to the first of Deakin's Cultural Heritage seminars for 2013, delivered by Professor Ian Lilley (University of Queensland).

The World Heritage 'system' is having trouble accommodating Indigenous demands for recognition and involvement. The sticking points concern matters of sovereignty and translation. Sovereignty encompasses the perceived threat to the integrity of the nation-state from Indigenous claims on the one hand and what Indigenous people see as the affront to their autonomy represented by the universalizing processes of the World Heritage system on the other. Translation is central to this tension, because the parties involved seem largely unable to appreciate each other's presumptions and constraints. In terms of World Heritage policies, the problem has arisen largely because the we are not linking the priority '5 C's' together properly, especially when it comes to matching up 'communities' with 'communication'. This is probably most evident in the continuing separation of nature and culture in the World Heritage system, despite the fact that many of the communities we deal with have been communicating for some time that they don't approach their heritage this way. This seminar considers ways we all might do better in this connection, with a focus on our Asia-Pacific neighbourhood.

Ian Lilley is Professor in UQ's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. He oversees ATSISU's research activities and the University's Indigenous postgraduate support program, and facilitates other research on Indigenous matters. He has undertaken archaeological and cultural heritage studies throughout mainland Australia as well as in Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea and various parts of the Pacific. He did his PhD fieldwork in PNG, investigating ancient indigenous trading systems. His current projects focus on World Heritage and Indigenous people, local capacity-building in cultural heritage management, globally and in the Asia-Pacific, and on developments in Pacific archaeology in New Caledonia, where he does field research with French colleagues. Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Society of Antiquaries of London as well as Secretary-General of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association and Convenor of the International Heritage Group NGO. He is a World Heritage Assessor for the UNESCO advisory body ICOMOS and Secretary-General of the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. His other professional interests are archaeology and identity, archaeology's role in contemporary society and archaeological ethics.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne (entry via William Street).

See http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/about-us/our-headquarters

Please RSVP to Steven Cooke: steven.cooke@deakin.edu.au

Cross-cultural Learning in India

Cross-cultural learning in India supported by Commonwealth Government:

CHCAP has built a strong relationship with the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, India, through Dr Jonathan Sweet's research and teaching activities. Over a number of years Sweet has been working with Associate Professor Supreo Chanda on the development of a jointly-run field school for students from Australia and India in which participants will work together to address relevant museological issues.

The project was given a fillip in late 2012 when it received funding from the Australian Government through the 'Study Abroad Short-term Mobility Program', administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRETE). The funding will directly assist CHCAP post-graduate students to attend the program in Calcutta through underpinning travel costs. This project was one of only two in 2012 that received funding at Deakin University.

In January 2013 Sweet returned to Calcutta to present a paper with Chanda at the 3rd International Conference of Indian Association for the Study of Australia. This paper, titled 'Cultural heritage and museology teaching and learning as a site of exchange', focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of the project they have been developing. During his visit work continued on planning the field school which is scheduled for 10 days in late November, 2013.

Dr Jonathan Sweet is Higher Degree Research (HDR) Co-ordinator for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of The Alfred Deakin Research Institute, which welcomes HDR students.

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