The People’s Ground Conference organising committee is seeking donations of books, event and entry tickets, gift certificates, and wine etc. to support prizes for the annual conference dinner raffle, with all proceeds supporting the Victoria Falls Fund.
The Victoria Falls Fund was established to assist our less financially resourced international colleagues to attend an ICOMOS General Assembly. Australia ICOMOS has been a strong supporter of this initiative in the past, and we hope to continue to be through proceeds from this year’s conference dinner raffle.
If you have any new books, relevant event/entry tickets, gift certificates or wine to offer to this important initiative, or additional ideas for prizes, please email Emily Piper or contact her on 0466 486 359.
Members of the public are invited to submit the names of persons who they regard as suitable candidates for the South Australian Heritage Council within 14 days from the date of this advertisement.
The Council’s principal functions under the Heritage Places Act 1993 are to:
- Identify places, and related objects, of State heritage significance, and to enter them in the South Australian Heritage Register
- To administer the Register
- Identify areas of State heritage significance, and promote their establishment, if appropriate, as State heritage areas under the Development Act 1993
- Provide strategic advice to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on heritage matters and the Minister for Planning on heritage related matters in the administration of the Development Act 1993
- Promote the public’s understanding and appreciation of the State’s heritage
Nominees must have knowledge of or experience in heritage conservation, history, archaeology, architecture, urban and regional planning, property development, the natural sciences, public administration, or any combination of two or more of these fields, or some other relevant field.
Nomination forms are available online and are to be returned to Ms Joyce Osborne at the South Australian Heritage Council, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001 or via email to Joyce. For further information please contact David Hanna on telephone (08) 8226 2127.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) Historic Places Final Report was released on 9 September following a comprehensive investigation into the current management and future challenges for Victoria’s historic places on public land. The 2-year investigation examined the management of these places across the state.
The report, provided to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, provides a number of recommendations largely focusing on the need to reform current management arrangements for the state’s historic places on public land. The Government has six months to respond to the report’s recommendations.
Click here to access links to both the Final Report and the Media Release that relates to this.
4. “How intangible and tangible culture has created and shaped Australian and global culture” conference, Sydney, 24-25 November 2016 – call for papers
Cultural Heritage: How intangible and tangible culture has created and shaped Australian and global culture
24-25 November 2016
Call for papers – deadline: 24 September 2016
SIETAR Australasia (Society for Intercultural Training and Research) with Sydney University Business School is organising this conference.
The aim is to explore how migrants have contributed to the creation of intangible and tangible cultural heritage in Australia and globally. Themes include, but are not limited to, sustaining diversity and intercultural capacity in tangible and intangible heritage, as well as global perspectives, and other issues generally in dealing with all aspects of culture such as, multiculturalism and intercultural relations.
For more information, visit the conference website.
Deakin University, in association with Blue Shield Australia, is proud to present the next Cultural Heritage Seminar – a presentation by Ass Prof Nigel Pollard, M.ICOMOS (Swansea University), on “Heritage and spatial knowledge in the Second World War: How the ‘Monuments Men’ documented cultural property”.
This will be followed by a presentation from Laura Kraak (Deakin University) on “Human rights-based approaches to World Heritage conservation in Bagan, Myanmar”.
Heritage and spatial knowledge in the Second World War
The Anglo-US Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Sub-Commission (the ‘Monuments Men’ organisation) was set up within the military government structures of the Allied armed forces in 1943. Part of its remit was ‘to preserve historic buildings, works of art and historical records…. by [furnishing] the ground and air forces with information as to the location of such monuments’ and to those ends the organisation, supported by largely American civilian agencies, produced a range of what might now be called ‘no-strike’ lists. This paper examines the production and evolution of this documentation by considering themes that are still issues in the production of modern cultural resource inventories. These include:
- Production: Who undertook the research for these lists, and how? What were the relative roles of civilian and military personnel in this process?
- Formatting: What formats and media were employed, and in what contexts? These include typescript lists, printed booklets, and annotated maps and aerial photographs.
- Data selection: What information was presented in the lists?
- Magnitude: How comprehensive were the lists as inventories of cultural property, and how were decisions made over incorporation in, or exclusion from them?
- Prioritisation: To what extent were priorities assigned to cultural property within the lists? Who made these decisions and how?
- Dissemination: How and to whom within the Allied military structures were the lists distributed?
- Reception: How useful and practical did military personnel find the lists?
All of these questions are relevant to the production of comparable lists today, and the experience of the Second World War provides us with valuable lessons in establishing such lists.
Nigel Pollard is an Associate Professor of History and Classics at Swansea University, UK. His PhD in Classical Archaeology at the University of Michigan, 1993, with a thesis on Roman Syria, became his 2000 University of Michigan Press monograph, Soldiers, Cities and Civilians in Roman Syria.
He has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy and the UK, but his main research focus now is on cultural property protection in conflict zones, both historical and contemporary. He is currently working on a monograph on the 1943 Allied bombing of Pompeii in the context of the development of cultural property protection in the Second World War. He is also a board member of the UK National Committee of Blue Shield and a member of the UK Military Cultural Property Protection Working Group.
Human rights-based approaches to World Heritage conservation in Bagan, Myanmar
There is an increasing concern with the ethics of cultural heritage practice at a time when globally human rights language is growing in its popularity. The link between heritage and rights is becoming established as scholars and policy makers have suggested that human rights-based approaches could present a means to address issues of social justice in cultural heritage practice. My PhD research is concerned with the extent to which engagement with human rights can help to reconcile the often different agendas of heritage conservation, development and popular religious practice at Bagan in Myanmar, for which currently a World Heritage nomination is being prepared and where many rights are at stake. Following six months of fieldwork, I found that human rights language is largely absent in the context of the nomination and that there several serious impediments to the adoption of human rights-based approaches to World Heritage conservation in Bagan. These impediments are both normative and pragmatic and can be found on local, national and global levels. In this paper, I will explain these impediments and argue that the human rights discourse is unable to address the thorny questions related to Bagan’s World Heritage nomination.
Lauren Kraak has a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from University College Utrecht and a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where she studied Archaeological Heritage and Museums. She is interested in ethical challenges related to cultural heritage. For her BA and M.Phil degrees she researched the repatriation of Maori human remains and the controversial Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) as it relates to UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage system. Currently she is finishing her PhD on human rights-based approaches to World Heritage conservation at Deakin University (Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific/Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation).
Date: Wednesday 28 September 2016
Time: 2:00-3:30pm & 4:00-5:30pm
Venue: Theatre Room, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, 3/550 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Per un turismo culturale qualificato nelle città storiche – La segnaletica urbana e l’innovazione tecnologica
(For a qualified cultural tourism in the historical cities – The urban signage and the technological innovation)
Edited by Teresa Colletta, Olimpia Niglio
This publication collects the Papers (from Europe, Asia and Latin America) presented at the Workshop organized by the ICOMOS International Committee in Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) and by ICOMOS Italy in Palazzo Coppini (branch of Fondazione Romualdo del Bianco) in Florence (3-4 March 2016) and focuses on the comparison of different propositions of digital urban signage to realize a good quality “visitor experience” in historical towns. The urban culture founded on the identity and authenticity of every historical town and its multilayered history must be the objective of cultural tourism for both inhabitants and visitors.
For more information on this publication, download the For a qualified cultural tourism in the historical cities flyer.
Preserving Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Audiovisual Collections
The IRCA / NFSA / AIATSIS Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship
A partnership of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA), the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the fellowship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in remote Australia who are developing strategies and structures to archive and preserve cultural heritage materials, particularly in audiovisual formats.
The program broadly aims to:
- develop remote workers and their skills in relevant archival and preservation processes
- assist in organisational development
- build archival and preservation expertise in remote areas
- strengthen organisational links between IRCA, NFSA, AIATSIS and the successful organisation
Applications for the 2016-17 Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship will be open from 29 August to 16 September 2016. More information and application forms are available from the Indigenous Remote Communications Association website.
The successful applicant will be announced at the 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival, to be held in Yirrkala, NT, on 26-30 September.
The City of Hobart will launch a book about the iconic Hobart Town Hall on 25 September 2016, that date being the 150th anniversary of the grand opening of Henry Hunter’s magnificent masterpiece.
MUNICIPAL MAGNIFICENCE: Hobart Town Hall 1866-2016 is an architectural and social history of this great building, which tells the story of the early days of the Hobart Municipal Corporation and its search for a new home, the architectural competition for the Town Hall, and the life of the building over the last 150 years. The book also includes a chapter on the Town Hall organ and the City Organists.
MUNICIPAL MAGNIFICENCE has been written and compiled by Peter Freeman, with assistance from architect/historian Brendan Lennard, and historian/researcher Kathryn Evans. The book designer is Hannah Gamble, and the (superb) printing and binding has been undertaken by Asia Pacific Offset.
MUNICIPAL MAGNIFICENCE will only be available from Tasmanian bookshops and from the City of Hobart, so Peter Freeman is undertaking mainland sales and distribution (only) – for more information see the Municipal Magnificence _flyer offer, which provides ordering details. Note that all books will be sent post-free.
The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) in Queensland is responsible for administering the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (QLD Acts).
DATSIP is now seeking submissions from interested parties on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage is managed and protected across Queensland.
Public submissions are now open as part of a review of the Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines (the Guidelines) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage. The review is being held to ensure the Queensland Government’s Guidelines deliver practical and flexible processes for land users when dealing with cultural heritage matters.
Submissions are due by 16 September 2016.
For more information, click on the links below.
- Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines Review
- Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships website
Nominations are called for the following four Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Awards
Closing Date: 30 October 2016
1. RHYS JONES MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGY
The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development and promotion of archaeology in Australia. The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the field. Established in 2002, previous winners include Sue O’Connor (2011), Mike Morwood (2012), Richard Wright (2013), and Peter Veth (2014).
Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s archaeological career and how this work has benefited Australian archaeology, along with short supporting testimonials from other archaeologists, as well as a full list of the nominee’s publications. Note that nominees do not need to be members of the Association; be an Australian citizen; or work exclusively in Australia or on Australian material.
2. JOHN MULVANEY BOOK AWARD
The Award was established in honour of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It acknowledges the significant contribution of individual or co-authored publications to the archaeology of the continent of Australia, the Pacific, Papua-New Guinea and South-East Asia, either as general knowledge or as specialist publications. Nominations are considered annually for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest, reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney’s life work. Established in 2004, previous winners include Jane Lydon for “Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission” (2010) and Mike Smith for “The Archaeology of Australia’s Deserts” (2013).
Nominations must be for books written by one or more authors, but not for edited books, published in the last three calendar years (i.e. 2014 2015 or 2016). The nomination must be accompanied by at least two published book reviews. A short citation (no more than one page) on why the book should be considered must also be included.
3. THE BRUCE VEITCH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT
This Award celebrates the important contribution that Bruce Veitch (1957-2005) made to the practice and ethics of archaeology in Australia. In particular, the award honours Bruce’s close collaboration with Traditional Owners on whose country he worked. It is awarded annually to any individual or group who has had long-standing and sustained engagement with Indigenous communities during archaeological or cultural heritage projects which have produced significant outcomes for Indigenous interests. Established in 2005, previous winners include Ken Mulvaney (2011), Ian McNiven (2012), Daryl Wesley (2013) and Sean Ulm and Amy Roberts (joint winners in 2014).
Nominees will have actively engaged with Indigenous communities to produce successful outcomes. The nature of nominations is flexible (e.g. video tape, audio tape, poster etc), considering the wide range of Indigenous collaborations and the remoteness of some communities. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include supporting statements from relevant Indigenous individuals or community organisations.
4. LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION INC.
This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Previous winners include Annie Ross (2010), Lynley Wallis (2012) and Fiona Hook (2013).
Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s contributions to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Note that nominees must be members of the Association.
Nominations for all Awards will be considered by the Executive of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. with advice as appropriate from senior members of the discipline. The decision of the Executive is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Nominations should be addressed to Lara Lamb, President, AAA and sent via email to arrive no later than 30 October 2016.
Recipients of all awards will be announced at the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Annual Conference.
Dates: 5-9 December 2016
Host: Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council
11. Collecting the West: How collections create Western Australia, post-graduate research opportunities
An Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project
University of Western Australia and Deakin University
in partnership with Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and British Museum
Project leaders: Alistair Paterson (UWA) & Andrea Witcomb (Deakin University)
Through a unique collaboration between Western Australia’s public collecting institutions, the British Museum and an interdisciplinary team of researchers, the Collecting the West project aims to understand how practices of collecting and display created knowledge about Western Australia that shaped its social relations, mediated its relationship to the environment and produced its identity in Australia and overseas from pre-colonial times to the present. This understanding will be used to produce a new vision of how contemporary collecting and display practices could enable a new vision of Western Australia’s place in the world to emerge, one that is better suited to the demands of the future.
We are seeking postgraduate students to join our great team of university and institutional researchers at UWA and Deakin University.
For more information about this research opportunity, download the Collecting the West PhD projects information package. Note that scholarships are also available, with an application deadline of 31 October 2016.
Applications are invited for the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Fellowship for the amount of $12,500, which will support the continued development of conservation and preservation practice and skill development across areas such as (but not limited to):
- Clothing and textiles
- Museum artefacts
The application form, which contains further information, can be downloaded from here. Closing date for applications is Monday 17 October 2016.
The Getty Research Institute and the Getty Villa invite proposals for the 2017–2018 academic year.
Deadline: 3 October 2016
The Getty Research Institute theme, ICONOCLASM AND VANDALISM, explores iconoclasm not only as a form of destruction or a means of repression, but also as a vehicle for creative expression and protest. Iconoclasm is transformative, creating entirely new objects or meanings through alterations to existing artworks. Charged with symbolism, these remains testify to a history of reception, offering clues about the life and afterlife of an object. To a certain extent, all radical changes in cultural production can be described as iconoclastic.
Applicants are encouraged to adopt a broad approach to the theme by addressing topics such as religious and political iconoclasm, protection of cultural heritage, use of spolia, damnatio memoriae, street art, graffiti, performance art, or activism.
The Getty Villa theme, THE CLASSICAL WORLD IN CONTEXT: PERSIA, investigates the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651. Reaching from the borders of Greece to India, the Persian Empire was viewed by the Greeks as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival and often as an existential threat. The rise of the Roman Empire as a world power quickly brought it, too, into conflict with Persia, despite the common trade that flowed through their territories.
The 2017/2018 scholar year is the first of two terms that will be devoted to this theme. Priority will be given to research projects that are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, and that utilize a wide range of archaeological, textual, and other evidence.
Detailed application guidelines are available online.
For more information about each theme visit the Getty Institute website.
Please address inquiries via email to the Research team.
The International Specialised Skills (ISS) Institute is an independent, national organisation that works with Australian governments, industry and education institutions to enable individuals to gain enhanced skills and experience in traditional trades, professions and leading-edge technologies.
Two recently published reports that may be of interest to ICOMOS members and subscribers can be accessed via the links below.
- Robert Brodie: Journeyman Carpenters in Australia – Lessons from the USA & Canada
- Reuben Rich: Frame Making: Carving, Gilding and Finishing
This year the ICOMOS Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 15-21 October 2016, on the generous invitation of ICOMOS Turkey.
How to register
You can register on the official website until 3 October 2016.
Before registering, please consult in particular the page “Information for Delegates” and after registering, please carefully read the information provided by the Conference Organiser and keep an eye on the updates on the website.
To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.
Infrastructure Manager, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (TAS)
Conservation and Infrastructure
Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur
This permanent, full-time position manages infrastructure capital and maintenance works while ensuring that the cultural heritage values of the Port Arthur Historic Sites are maintained and protected.
The duties of the role include the preparation of programs, budgets and reports regarding projects, to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and standards of professional practice.
For further information and to apply, click here.
Applications close 30 September 2016.
18. SITUATION VACANT Post-doc Research Fellow in Heritage of the Built Environment, University of Melbourne
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Heritage of the Built Environment
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Salary: AUD$66,809* – AUD$90,657 p.a. (*PhD Entry Level AUD$84,458 p.a.) plus 17% superannuation
The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct interdisciplinary research on the Heritage of the Built Environment.
This position is located in the Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH). Working alongside industry, academic and government partners, ACAHUCH fosters a collaborative approach to the critical study of architectural history, heritage conservation and digital, cultural, landscape and urban heritage, history and design. Click here for more information about the Collaboratory.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is required to develop, undertake and complete a three-year research program in a topic aligned to ACAHUCH’s key priorities in the heritage of the built environment (see Position Description).
We are seeking high performing candidates with a background in architectural history, history, art history, heritage studies, planning or other relevant disciplines. The position will also contribute to ACAHUCH’s cross-sector collaboration through workshops and public events, to progress a policy agenda with relevant stakeholders and to produce publications and other scholarly and public outputs.
Employment type: Full-time fixed-term position available for 3 years
Enquiries only to: Professor Kate Darian-Smith by email
Closing date: 2 October 2016
For position information and to apply online visit the University of Melbourne website, click on the relevant option (Current Staff or Prospective Staff), and search under the job title or job number 0040971.
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