Vale – Emeritus Professor John Mulvaney AO CNG FAHA (26 October 1925 – 21 September 2016). A memorial service will be held for John on Wednesday 5 October at 2pm in the Great Hall, University House, ANU.
John, known as the ‘father of Australian archaeology’, was also a foundation member of Australia ICOMOS. He shared his memories of those early days and the lead up to the Burra Charter with Canberra ICOMOS members last December and this account will be linked online for you in next week’s newsletter. Until mid-year, John was still well and driving himself to the monthly Australia ICOMOS Canberra Talks. We will be raising a glass to John at the October meeting on 27 October, when we will also be celebrating Australia ICOMOS’ 40th anniversary.
The ANU has issued a statement that describes John’s contribution to archaeology in Australia. John’s considerable input to the development of the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Heritage Commission will be outlined in more detail in next week’s newsletter also.
Australia ICOMOS is deeply saddened by the loss of such a great contributor to Australia’s cultural heritage and we express our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
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 deadline for nominations is Monday 3 October.
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.
New York Top Museum Talent Comes to Perth – Unique Workshop Opportunity: 17 October 2016
Post Museums Australia WA State Conference, 12-14 October 2016
Announcing an incredible opportunity for museum managers, coordinators of guides and guides in the collections or heritage sector – Dustin Growick, the Keynote Presenter at the Museums Australia WA State Conference (12-14 October) has agreed to pass on his skills in a unique (up close and personal) half-day workshop on Monday 17 October.
It’s a rare opportunity for Perth to attract a top New York presenter with the type of dynamic audience engagement skills that are being followed worldwide, the great news is Museum Hack New York has agreed to send us one of their best – Dustin Growick.
In this unique half-day workshop, Dustin will lead you through proven approaches to executing passion-based storytelling, creating tours that utilize pacing and elements to ensure a dynamic visitor experience, techniques for fighting museum fatigue and crafting interactive, inquiry based activities that utilize technology and the expertise of your audience to re-energize visitors.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn in a small group environment from one for the best – only 15 seats available, so first in, best dressed!
Registration for this workshop closes Friday 30 September 2016 or as soon as full. See the attached flyer for more information and how to register.
To get a taste of what is so unique about Dustin and Museum Hack, click here.
For more information and booking details are in the Museum Hack Workshop flyer.
Also importantly, registrations for the Museums Australia WA Conference close 6 October. If you miss out on the workshop with Dustin, you will have two other occasions to learn firsthand from him and a fantastic range of other presenters who will share their unique expertise and insights.
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
6. “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.
Read the latest edition of the Heritage Council’s eNewsletter, Heritage Matters.
The Western Australian Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, tourism and promotion in Western Australia.
This year marks 25 years of the WA Heritage Awards. Since the first awards in 1992, the Heritage Awards have been an opportunity to showcase the excellent work in revitalising State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.
Nomination is done through an easy-to-use online portal. Log in to the awards portal and complete your nomination by 4pm, Friday 25 November 2016.
For more information, visit the WA Heritage Awards website.
Next Monday 26 September 2016, Adelaide City Council (ACC) is hosting a Community Forum to discuss matters raised in the Local Heritage Discussion Paper. The forum will start at 6:00pm, finishing around 7:30-8:00pm and will include a panel of experts from Adelaide City Council, National Trust of Australia (SA) and Australia ICOMOS. The event will be held in the Auditorium at Adelaide Town Hall. Further details and RSVP contact are in the ACC Heritage Community Forum flyer.
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
The Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) 2016 conference is being hosted by the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council in Terrigal, NSW from 6-8 December 2016 and will consist of 3 full days of papers, presentations, meetings and social events.
Conference Theme: INTERWOVEN: Indigenous and Western knowledge in archaeology and heritage
Indigenous knowledge is increasingly being incorporated into archaeological heritage management practice and research. In this conference we review and examine both theoretical and practical interconnections between Indigenous and Western approaches to archaeological research and practice. The aim is to demonstrate the range of Indigenous and Western co-operation and evaluate successes and challenges. Directions for future collaborations will be welcome.
Registration for the conference is currently open. Discounted early-bird registration will end 30 September.
The 2016 conference will offer a limited number of subsidies to Indigenous and Student delegates. The scheme aims to encourage greater levels of Indigenous and Student participation in the Conference. Note that non-Indigenous delegates are also eligible to apply on behalf of Indigenous delegates. Applications for the subsidy scheme are open now (application form can be downloaded from the Australian Archaeological Association website) and the deadline is 30 September.
Key information including the Program, Keynote Speaker, Registration, Accommodation, Venue, Social Events, Photo Competition, Meetings, Travel Advice are also all available on the Australian Archaeological Association website.
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.
14. Victorian Museums & Galleries conference, 5-7 October 2016, Phillip Island, VIC – last chance to register
Final Conference Program Released and Last Chance to Register
The final program for the 2016 Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference is now available. Browse the Conference handbook to find out about session formats and themes, abstracts, keynote speakers, social and networking events, and our Trade Fair exhibitors and sponsors.
If you haven’t registered for the Conference yet, you only have a few days left to do so: registrations will close on 28 September.
For more information, click here.
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.
SOStierra2017, International Conference on Vernacular Earthen Architecture, Conservation and Sustainability, is organized in the framework of the SOStierra project: “Restoration and rehabilitation of traditional earthen architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. Guidelines and tools for a sustainable intervention” funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
The conference will take place on 14-17 September 2017 at the School of Architecture of the Universitat Politècnica de València. Associated to SOStierra2017 Conference, ResTAPIA 2017, 3rd Conference on Rammed Earth Conservation, and VerSus 2017, 3rd Conference on Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture, will be organized.
Abstract deadline: 1 October 2016.
The 21st International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT 2016) will take place at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 16-18 November 2016.
This year, the Conference is proud to host its first Science Slam. Current research presented in a unique format – short, sweet, and to the point!
CHNT gives you a stage, an audience, and 8 minutes – you supply the science! Wow the jury and become the first CHNT Science Slam Champion!
Topic: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age
Date & time: 11.00am, Thursday 17 November 2016
- You have a maximum of eight minutes to present your research.
- You can use any props you like – but projectors and powerpoint are forbidden.
- The winner is declared by popular vote among the audience – criteria for judging are clarity, novelty, and especially entertainment value!
- Informal research, like your hobby, is great, too – convince us your topic fits our theme and we’ll let you play!
- The conference language is English.
- The winner gets a prize on top of the bragging rights.
- You send us a short concept (150-200 words) via the conference website on or before 10 October 2016
- We will choose the best abstracts and notify the successful submitters by 15 October
- There will be a discounted registration fee for competitors – for € 45.00 (students with ID: € 30.00), you can attend the whole conference and every social event
- The Science Slam will be directed by an experienced slammer, Marleen de Kramer, 7reasons, Austria – you can contact Marleen by email
For more information, visit the conference website.
Lucas Stapleton Johnson have a vacancy for a Project Architect or Architectural Assistant with demonstrated interest in heritage buildings for a full-time position. AutoCAD experience is an advantage.
Please apply in writing with CV to Lucas Stapleton Johnson, 155 Brougham Street, Kings Cross, 2011, or apply by email.
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.
20. 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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