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An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 14 August 2009

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1)  Australia ICOMOS - Seeking: Working Group or Subcommittee Members

2)  Australia ICOMOS Member Feedback - Client Consultant Engagement Agreements

3)  Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series

4)  YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!! - Young member drive

5)  Churchill Fellowship awarded to AI member Ken Horrigan

6)  Professional Development Program - International Heritage Protection, 25-29 August

7)  Calling for ACT ICOMOS Mentors!!!!

8)  GCI Bulletin - available online

9)  Global Heritage Review (GHR) bulletin available online

10) Assistance sought in contacting Maltese community for research project

11) Generic Research Project Development Workshop - EOI sought

Situations Vacant

12) Call for Applications: Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships - Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore


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1) Australia ICOMOS - Seeking: Working Group or Subcommittee Members

 

Are you interested in joining an Australia ICOMOS Working Group or Subcommittee?

 

Australia ICOMOS has a number of working groups and subcommittees which focus on areas of interest to Australia ICOMOS. These committees and subcommittees are currently under review as the issues that gave rise to the need for some are no longer relevant and others are in need of renewed energy and commitment. Some of these act as 'Reference Groups' - ie. they are made up of people with expertise in a particular area who can be called on to assist and provide advice if a relevant issue arises in the works of the Executive Committee.

 

If you have particular expertise in the following areas we are interested in hearing from you:

           Pacific Heritage;

           World Heritage Reference Group; and

           Indigenous Heritage Working Group

 

Some are standing committees that work with the Executive on a more regular basis.  These include:

           the Advocacy Working Group; and

           the IBC Marketing Group

 

We are also considering establishing two new working parties arising from resolutions of the 2007 Extreme Heritage Conference.  These working groups would meet regularly to try and progress key Australia ICOMOS work in the following areas:

           Climate Change and Cultural Heritage and

           Heritage of Space Exploration.

 

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these groups please send a brief Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words including your name and contact details and an outline of your experience, qualifications and interest in the topic.

 

Please clearly indicate at the top of your EOI the Working Group you are interested in.  A small selection committee led by Duncan Marshall in the case of the Advocacy Working Group and Jane Harrington for the World Heritage Reference Group will review the EOIs.  The panel reviewing the other groups is currently being determined. Once populated the Working Groups and committees will be listed on the Australia ICOMOS website and the membership will stand for a maximum of 3 years after which time they will again be reviewed and if continued will be open to another call for Expressions of Interest from members.

 

EOIs should be sent to georgia.meros@deakin.edu.au by no later than 5pm 30 August.


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2) Australia ICOMOS Member Feedback - Client Consultant Engagement Agreements

 

Call for Australia ICOMOS Member feedback regarding client consultant engagement agreements.

 

The Australia ICOMOS National Executive is looking into the development of a standard consultancy agreement and engagement conditions for use by members. The agreement will be designed to cater for the specific type of projects that the membership undertakes.

 

As part of the process, the Executive is looking for feedback from members on relevant issues relating to conditions of engagement.  Assignment of copyright for example, has already been identified as one issue that will be addressed.

 

For further information please contact Anthony Coupe - anthony.coupe@mulloway.com


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3) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series

 

KASHGAR, THE SILK ROAD AND THE TIBETAN PLATEAU IN NEPAL - EXOTIC HERITAGE VERSUS MODERN STANDARDS AND POLITICS

Dr Michael Pearson

 

This talk is about the stress being felt on the edges of China and in neighbouring countries to 'modernise' ancient towns.  The pressures are political and social, as medieval living and ethnic affiliations become untenable in a globalised world to both the state and, in some ways, to the locals.  The examples used are the city of Kashgar, currently being demolished by the Han Chinese, other towns on the Silk Road, and Tibetan towns north of the Himalayas in northern Nepal.  The talk is based on Michael's travels in the region over the last four years.

Members and the public are welcome.  Refreshments will be available.  This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia ICOMOS.

 

Time & Date:  5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 27 August 2009 - the talk will actually start at 5.30.

 

Venue:  Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side).

 

RSVP:  To Duncan Marshall at marsd@ozemail.com.au


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4) YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!! - Young member drive

 

We are keen to increase the number of young members in Australia ICOMOS and would like to encourage students and young cultural heritage graduates to apply for membership.

 

Our membership base includes many highly regarded and experienced heritage professionals - through Australia ICOMOS membership, younger cultural heritage professionals have the opportunity to network with their more experienced counterparts, with the potential to gain valuable professional knowledge and insight from these members.

 

If everyone who belongs to ICOMOS could get one new young and early career member (or associate) into ICOMOS, we would be able to achieve this goal.  In your work and lives you will come across people involved and interested in heritage and conservation and you can encourage them to join ICOMOS.

 

There are lots of benefits of joining ICOMOS - not only the fantastic people you will meet but Membership of Australia ICOMOS brings discounts at ICOMOS functions, at many conferences in Australia and internationally and on ICOMOS publications. The E-mail News provides a weekly bulletin board of information and events in Australia and overseas, including state based events, conferences and site visits, as well as information on heritage publications, funding and grant opportunities, course details and job offers. Members also receive a number of issues annually of the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment. Applications for members to join the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (EC) are encouraged from all states and territories. For Young Professional and full Members, the International ICOMOS card gives free or reduced rate entry to many historic and cultural sites.

 

Australia ICOMOS' mission is to lead cultural heritage conservation in Australia by raising standards, encouraging debate and generating innovative ideas. Members include a wide range of professionals including administrators, planners, historians, educators, curators, archaeologists, architects, interpretation specialists, conservators and engineers. Students, young professionals and those interested in heritage are encouraged to join.

 

There are various membership categories and applications can be to be made to the Secretariat:

 

  Those who are interested in ICOMOS but who do not meet the requirements for full membership, or else do not have heritage conservation as their core focus, could apply to become Associates of ICOMOS.

 

  Those at the beginning of a career in e.g. architecture, archaeology, planning or history, with 3 years experience and who are under 30 years of age may be eligible for Young Professional membership at reduced rates.

 

  Heritage professionals, with at least 3 years of heritage experience may be eligible for full Membership.

 

The International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS, is a Paris-based international nongovernmental organization of specialists dedicated to the conservation and restoration of heritage sites and monuments. Established in 1965, it has 9,000 members in 130 countries across the world. ICOMOS is closely linked to UNESCO.

 

The membership forms and details are available on the web page www.icomos.org/australia and from Georgia Meros at the Secretariat, phone (03) 9251 7131 or austicomos@deakin.edu.au. All applications are received at the Secretariat and referred to the Executive Committee (EC) for consideration. Complete applications must be received 4-6 weeks before the Executive Committee meeting date to allow consideration. If received after this, they are held over to the next meeting.

 

Please send in applications to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat or if further information is required contact the Membership Secretary, Helen Wilson at wilsonhelen@optusnet.com.au.


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5) Churchill Fellowship awarded to AI member Ken Horrigan

 

Queensland AI member and past Executive Committee member, Ken Horrigan, has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship.

 

Ken will research heritage and sustainability, in particular the application of environmental rating systems and energy efficiency measures to heritage buildings.

 

Ken's research will investigate:

  Leading environmental rating tools and systems and how they address heritage buildings

  Current thinking and policy positions of key government and non-government heritage organisations with regard to environmental sustainability and heritage conservation

  Case studies focusing on energy efficiency and heritage buildings.

 

Ken will visit Canada, the UK and the US, and his research project will coincide with the Heritage Canada conference in September and the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) conference in Los Angeles in November.

 

Information regarding the Churchill Memorial Trust and Churchill Fellowships can be found at www.churchilltrust.com.au.

 

Australia ICOMOS congratulates Ken and wishes him all the best with his research project.


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6) Professional Development Program - International Heritage Protection, 25-29 August

 

International Heritage Protection - Professional Development Program by

Prof Lyndel Prott & Prof Patrick O'Keefe, AM

 

Five Day Professional Development Program - Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 August 2009

 

Prof Prott, an eminent barrister and former Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage, UNESCO, Paris, is a distinguished Professor teaching and supervising PhD students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Queensland. Prof O'Keefe, is a Member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London, Founding Chairman of the Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association, a post he held the post for 12 years, and now a distinguished Professor teaching and supervising PhD students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Queensland.

 

This Professional Development Program is available as a Five Day Intensive for people from all professional back grounds, especially international humanitarian law, Human Rights Commissions, Environmental and Heritage Agencies, Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives. This course is designed to give participants an introduction to international laws concerning heritage in its various forms, giving them a solid grounding in the obligations concerning heritage established by major international legal instruments such as the UNESCO Conventions, Recommendations and Declarations. Participants need have no prior knowledge of law or of the international legal system.  It is an ideal program for people aspiring to join the UN or UNESCO.

 

The course also provides participants with knowledge of international rules which affect exchanges, exhibitions, recovery of stolen cultural objects, protection of antiquities, and acquisition and exhibition policies.  Lack of knowledge of this body of legal obligations and the relevant ethical codes could lead to potential losses to museums and breaches of international legal obligations for which a country may be liable. Cultural rights are addressed as an integral part of Human Rights. All the course modules are illustrated with international case studies, including several from the Asia Pacific Region, through the first hand legal knowledge of the course faculty.

 

Participants will study the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 and its two Protocols (1954, 1999), the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970, the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001, UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005.  More briefly there will be consideration of the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972, the 11 UNESCO heritage Recommendations and the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 2001. The adoption and implementation of these instruments both in Australia and other countries will be studied as well as their implications for Australian heritage and other cultural workers.

 

Participants will also become acquainted with the international support mechanisms and networks and will investigate, as part of their course, Australia's or their country's participation (or failure to participate) in the implementation of this instruments through their national legislation and administration.

 

For further details please visit

http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/index-new.html?page=114407&pid=37084

 

Or contact: Professor Amareswar Galla

Museum Studies, The University of Queensland

Email: museum@uq.edu

 

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7) Calling for ACT ICOMOS Mentors!!!!

 

Are you willing to mentor and pass on your wisdom and experience to a new generation of cultural heritage professionals?

 

The Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Canberra, in conjunction with the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts, ANU, is seeking ICOMOS members based in or close to Canberra, to participate in a trial mentoring program for students and early career professionals.

 

What is required?

  A monthly meeting of just an hour or so with a mentee to discuss issues involved in your practice and the student's study or early career professional's work, over a 4 or 5 month period;

  Involving the mentee in a site visit or meeting, where appropriate, would be an added bonus for the mentee;

  Responding to some questions at the end of the mentoring trial for evaluation purposes.

 

How do I get involved?

If you would like to become an ICOMOS MENTOR, or learn more about the idea, please send an expression of interest to Tracy Ireland by 28 August 2009.

 

Email tracy.ireland@canberra.edu.au. Mentors should be ICOMOS members with substantial professional experience in any sector of cultural heritage practice.

 

When do we start?

We hope to start the mentoring program in September with a meeting a mentors and mentees to discuss the roles of mentors and mentees and expectations for the program- date to be announced.


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8) GCI Bulletin - available online

 

To view the August 2009 issue of the GCI bulletin, visit

http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications/bulletin/current.html?cid=gci007


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9) Global Heritage Review (GHR) bulletin available online

 

To view the Summer 2009 issue of the GHR bulletin, visit

http://www.globalheritagefund.org/news/publications/ghr_summer2009.html


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10) Assistance sought in contacting Maltese community for research project

 

Australia Icomites who attended the recent (Un)Loved Modern conference in Sydney will have heard keynote speaker Dr John Schofield from English Heritage discuss a project that he has been working on in Malta.  John is undertaking research in Malta, and is trying to trace people from Valletta's once notorious Strait Street who emigrated to Australia in the 1950s and 60s. If members have any advice on how to make contact with the Maltese communities, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, do please contact him at john.schofield@english-heritage.org.uk.


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11) Generic Research Project Development Workshop - EOI sought

 

Generic Research Project Development Workshop - Deakin University, Burwood Campus

Facilitators: Dr Emily Potter and Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb

Date: Thursday 17 September 2009

Time : 10.00am - 1.30 pm

Venue: S2.04 (Meeting Room)

 

Dr Emily Potter and Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb are running a generic research project development workshop on Friday 11 September 2009, from 10am - 2pm.

 

This proposed workshop is not tied to any bureaucratic requirements and is only for those who elect to participate.

 

The emphasis of this workshop is on ARC applications in development or ideas for CRGs for next year. Its aim is to enable researchers who are considering going down the CRG or ARC road, or those who have an ARC proposal already under way, to discuss the requirements and processes of ARC and CRG applications, and to develop their thinking together.

 

While the workshop is open to those who are yet to commence putting an application together, we're asking that all participants bring something along that indicates their field of interest or potential topic. This could be a working title, or a general idea for a project; or if you are further along the path, it could be a draft 100 word summary, or even an outline of your aims and possible approach.

 

Please send expressions of interest in attending, along with your title, idea, summary or outline, to Emily Potter at emily.potter@deakin.edu.au and andrea.witcomb@deakin.edu.au by Monday August 31.

 

For more details please contact:

 

Dr Emily Potter

Research Fellow, Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Email: emily.potter@deakin.edu.au

Tel : (03) 9244 3923

 

Assoc/Prof. Andrea Witcomb

ICG Deputy Director

Email: andrea.witcomb@deakin.edu.au

Tel : (03) 9251 7232


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12) Call for Applications: Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships - Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

 

POSITION 1

 

3-MONTH VISITING (SENIOR) RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

 

Applications are invited for 3-month Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore to commence in April 2010, July 2010 and October 2010. The positions are intended for outstanding researchers whose work focus on Asia, with a balance anticipated between senior and junior scholars.  Interested applicants should have at least a PhD with a few years of postdoctoral research experience.  Applicants are invited to indicate which of the ARI clusters they would like to be affiliated with. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. The position is essentially a writing fellowship, and at least one published outcome is expected.  Applicants who do not normally publish in English will be encouraged and assisted to do so.

 

For more information regarding the clusters, visiting fellowship and application procedure, please visit http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/article_view.asp?id=11

 

Closing date for applications: 1 October 2009

 

 

POSITION 2

 

VISITING (SENIOR) RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

(UNDER ARI SABBATICAL LEAVE SCHEME)

 

Applications are invited for Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships under the ARI Sabbatical Leave Scheme at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS) to commence in April 2010, July 2010 and October 2010. The positions are intended for researchers whose work focus on Asia and would like to devote their sabbatical term from their home institutions to conducting work in ARI, NUS. Interested applicants should have at least a PhD with a few years of postdoctoral research experience.  Applicants are invited to indicate which of the ARI clusters they would like to be affiliated with.  Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. The position is essentially a writing fellowship, and at least one published outcome is expected.  Applicants who do not normally publish in English will be encouraged and assisted to do so.

 

For more information regarding the clusters, visiting fellowship and application procedure, please visit http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/article_view.asp?id=270

 

Closing date for applications: 1 October 2009


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