Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 372
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Friday 6 February 2009


1)  Dragon Tails: Re-interpreting Chinese-Australian Heritage – call for papers

2)  UNITAR Hiroshima – Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites Workshop 2009 – “Conservation for Peace – World Heritage Impact Assessment”

3) GCI Bulletin – available online

4)  New Publication: Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation by John Stubbs

5) The Director of the Heritage Council of WA Retires

6) News from ICCROM

7) Heritage Conservation Job Required


1) Dragon Tails: Re-interpreting Chinese-Australian Heritage – call for papers


9-11 October 2009

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria


VENUE: Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Ballarat, Victoria




In 1984, noted historian Jennifer Cushman challenged researchers to move beyond the prevalent one-dimensional approach to understanding the Chinese presence in Australia—an approach that was primarily concerned with examining Australia’s attitudes towards the Chinese. In taking up this challenge, and seeking to understand the Chinese ‘on their own terms’, researchers have uncovered new sources and applied inter-disciplinary approaches to reveal the complex picture of Chinese community cultures, identities and race relations in Australia.


While we would no longer say that the history of the Chinese in Australia is hidden or neglected, where do these new stories fit within the wider narrative of Australian history? What are the challenges involved in communicating and interpreting these new perspectives, with their inherent complexity and contradictions, to broader audiences? One of the major aims of this conference is to bring together these new historical understandings about early Chinese-Australians, and consider their place within broader histories of Australia and the Chinese diaspora. Another aim is to create a forum for how these stories might be interpreted in the classroom, and at cultural heritage sites and museums.


This conference welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplines, including history, archeology, tourism, cultural studies, education, and museum/heritage studies. 


We are particularly interested in work that:


•     Tells about early Chinese-Australian history from Chinese-Australian perspectives.

•     Discusses Chinese-Australian heritage/history within broader perspectives (e.g. Australian, Chinese, comparative, and/or transnational).

•     Draws on new resources to tell new stories.

•     Focuses on intercolonial (Northern Territory and Queensland) and/or trans-Tasman connections.



•     Chinese goldseekers and their legacy

•     Developments and issues for Chinese-Australian heritage tourism (regional and urban)

•     Everyday life and culture for early Chinese-Australians

•     Communicating Chinese-Australian heritage (e.g. education, multimedia, internet technology)

•     Early Chinese-Australian formations of politics, identity and citizenship

•     Interrogating Chinese-Australian historiography and material culture

•     Perspectives on heritage Chinese precincts

•     Mapping historical connections between Asia and Australia

•     Biographies and oral histories of Chinese-Australian ‘pioneers’

•     Creative work that re-interprets Chinese-Australian history




Papers Standard session presentations should be 20 mins long (with 10 mins allowed for question time).


Panels We’d welcome panel submissions. Our suggested formats for the panels are:


·         3 x 20 min papers with a coherent theme, or

·         Up to 5 speakers on a discussion panel (approx 10 mins each, with at least 40 mins for discussion)


Abstracts (max 200 words), with speakers’ full contact details and short biographical notes (max 100 words) should be sent to BY MONDAY 18 MAY 2009.


Enquiries about the conference should be directed to


2) UNITAR Hiroshima – Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites Workshop 2009 – “Conservation for Peace – World Heritage Impact Assessment”


Hiroshima, Japan, 1924 April 2009


Applications are now open for this workshop with a deadline of 2 March 2009.


Details can be found at


3) GCI Bulletin – available online


To read the February 2009 issue of the GCI bulletin, visit


4) New Publication: Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation by John Stubbs


For further information concerning this publication, please see the attached flier.


5) The Director of the Heritage Council of WA Retires


Ian Baxter, WA’s colourful Heritage Council director for over seventeen years, retired this week.  Becoming director in 1992, 12 months after the agency was established under the Heritage of Western Australia Act, Ian has played a pivotal role in putting heritage on the map in WA.


 “Ian has made a significant contribution to preserving our State’s heritage for future generations of Western Australians,” Heritage Council of Western Australia acting chairperson, Marion Fulker, said.


“There is no doubt that without Ian’s personal commitment to the agency’s charter, a number of our significant buildings would have fallen victim to the wrecking ball,” she said.


The West Australian of 2 February 2009, reported Ian’s parting shot, that politics be taken out of heritage issues in WA, and for the Heritage Council to have more autonomy. 


Described as a ‘tough-nut’, Ian forged his reputation on issues including the Old Swan Brewery debate.  Under his leadership places including Newspaper House in St George’s Terrace and the Raffles Hotel have been retained.  Indeed, over 1300 places are now legally protected on the state register.


Protecting WA’s heritage through the mining boom of the past two decades has been a tremendous challenge for HCWA. WA Icomites are grateful to the organization, under Ian’s leadership, for taking on many of these challenges and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.


Stephen Carrick is currently HCWA’s acting director.


6) News from ICCROM


URUSHI 2009 - International Course on Conservation of Japanese Lacquer

Applications are now open for the URUSHI 2009 - International Course on Conservation of Japanese, to be held in Tokyo and Joboji-Hiraizumi, Japan from 2 - 15 September 2009.


Application deadline: 15 March 2009 



MARC-AL 2009 - First Latin American Course on the Conservation of Modern Architecture

Applications are now open for the MARC-AL 2009 the first Latin American course on 'Conservation of Modern Architecture', to be held in Brazil from 30 March 2009 - 30 March 2010.


Application deadline: 3 March 2009 



ARIS 2009 - Architectural Records, Inventories and Information Systems for Conservation

Applications are now open for the ARIS 2009 course on 'Architectural Records, Inventories and Information Systems for Conservation', to be held in Rome, Italy from 2 September - 2 October 2009.


Application deadline: 16 February 2009 



Heritage news in the media worldwide

A monthly compilation of media articles on heritage topics. Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.

January 2009:



Events, grants, job opportunities, websites, etc.

Visit for a comprehensive listing



New: AFRICA 2009 Newsletter

ICCROM is pleased to announce the publication of a bilingual (English-French) edition of AFRICA 2009 Newsletter 8.





7) Heritage Conservation Job Required


Bournemouth University Heritage Conservation graduate seeks work, willing to work in any location, Currently at Arundel Castle West Sussex UK. Speciality is Building Conservation and Landscape Management.


For more information please contact Roddy Weaver by email

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