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Friday 12 June 2009


1)  (Un)Loved Modern Conference draws closer

2)  Leadership Group & Budj Bim Symposium postponed

3)  Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series

4)  Australian Government review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976

5)  Link to DEWHA's media releases webpage

6)  International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations - call for papers

7)  News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre


Situations Vacant

8)  Senior Heritage Officer & Manager Heritage Advice Unit - Department of Indigenous Affairs, WA

9)  Research Assistant (Built Heritage) - Godden Mackay Logan


1) (Un)Loved Modern Conference draws closer


With less than a month to go until the 2009 Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney, final arrangements are being made, and plans are coming together.  We have almost finalised the program, and the program booklet that will guide conference delegates through their choices during the conference is being prepared for printing.  Papers have been received from the speakers, and are being compiled for circulation to delegates - with the aim of minimising the ecological footprint of the conference, the papers from the (Un)Loved Modern conference will be provided to registered delegates on CD-ROM.


If you haven't already registered, we would be delighted to receive your registration via the online registration form, but remind you that the closing date to register for the conference is 30 June 2009 - just eighteen days away.


For those of you who have registered already, you can start to consider which paper stream to follow by reviewing the conference program.  To make it a little easier for you, our session chairs will be working hard to keep all presenters on schedule so that it will be possible to move between sessions if you wish to hear papers in parallel streams.


Just a reminder that our keynote speakers are travelling from all over the world to address the Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference - we have John Schofield coming from the UK, Leo Schmidt coming from Germany, Theo Prudon and Susan Macdonald from the US, Philip Goad from Melbourne, and of course Sydney's own Richard Johnson.


The Organising Committee for the 2009 Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney looks forward to your participation in this exciting conference.


2) Leadership Group & Budj Bim Symposium postponed


Due to some unforeseen financial considerations, next week's Budj Bim World Heritage Symposium has been postponed until a later date.

The decision to postpone the LCSDP Leadership Group meeting scheduled for Monday 15 June 2009 has also been made.


The organisers apologise for any inconvenience caused. Updates about this matter will be included in this newsletter as they come to hand.


3) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series




Dr Jasmine Foxlee


Each day the joint managers of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park receive packages of returned rocks and sand that have been removed from the landscape by visitors as a souvenir of the place.  The returned objects, known within the Park as the 'sorry rocks', are sent from people all over the world as the stories of this phenomenon travel well beyond the Park boundaries.  In this research, the sorry rocks were used as a medium for examining the complex relationships that exist between visitors, heritage management and interpretation.


Jasmine Foxlee graduated from the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydney with a PhD in April this year.  She has worked on heritage and interpretation projects in a variety of places within Australia and is a Director of Stepwise Heritage and Tourism.


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 25 June 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


4) Australian Government review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976


The Australian Government has commenced a review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 and consideration of ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. A discussion paper was released on Friday 5 June 2009 and is available on the historic shipwreck web pages of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts


Community participation is encouraged, and written submissions are invited until 17 July 2009.


The review is looking at the operation of the legislation and whether it is achieving its objectives.


The review will also consider whether Australia should amend its legislation to meet international best practice for the management of its underwater cultural heritage.


This is the first time that the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 has been reviewed. As the current legislative regime is now over 30 years old and the Australian Government does not have legislation in place to protect other types of archaeological sites and artefacts found in Australian waters, such as aircraft, a review is timely.


While the process of considering ratification of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention is separate to that of reviewing the Historic Shipwrecks Act, both issues are closely related. This review is therefore considering whether the Act should be amended having regard to both the UNESCO Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention and international best practice.


The review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act will consider the operation of the legislation and the extent to which it is achieving its purpose, the new international framework for managing underwater cultural heritage and current heritage policy needs.


The review is to be completed by 30 October 2009 and public submissions are invited until 17 July 2009 to ensure consideration of a wide range of views.


Submissions can be directed to:

Secretariat to the Review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act

GPO Box 787

Canberra ACT 2601




Submissions will be published on the review website unless marked confidential, at  


Questions about the review can be directed to the Secretariat:


Phone: 1800 018 903


5) Link to DEWHA's media releases webpage


Visit for the latest media releases from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.


6) International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations - call for papers


Hosted by Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University


Thursday 19 November - Friday 20 November 2009


Venue: hd3.008/3.009 (Melbourne campus at Burwood, Deakin University Venue Direction


Please send 250 word proposals by 15 August 2009 to Ms Chippy Sunil



The recent transnational turn in the study of migration has signified a shift in conceptual thinking and methodological approaches to researching migration, and post-migration communities. While previous research has focussed on isolated aspects of social networking, cultural adjustment, and economic empowerment, recent studies are beginning to examine the migration settings themselves, where modes of local, national and transnational practices are negotiated in the context of intercultural interactions. This Conference, therefore, proposes to examine outcomes of migration and immigration as essential dimensions for contextualizing discussions about national identity, intercultural relations and citizenship, and the formation and representation of cultural identity.


We invite proposals for papers that address the following questions:


    With increasing diversity in a globalised world, what kinds of multicultural societies can we envisage for our increasingly diverse communities?

    What kind of cultural and national identities will be formed within these societies and what role will they play in the public sphere?

    Do transnational connections translate into weaker notions of local belonging or can they be used as a resource to strengthen local communities?

    Do migrant and minority ethnic groups experience a sense of inclusion?

    How is this sense of inclusion recognised or manifested in a multicultural society?

    Does government policy contribute to building a sense of belonging and inclusion among recent migrants and other ethno-cultural groups?

    What types of intercultural relations exist in a culturally diverse society?

    What is the role of these intercultural relations in fostering inclusive and ethical visions of citizenship?


Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:


    Multiculturalism, Identity and Citizenship

    Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Relations

    Transnational Work and Temporary Migration

    Muslim Diaspora in the West

    Moving Beyond Xenophobia: Race Relations and Social Inclusion

    Transnationalism and Global Ethics


For more details on the conference:


7) News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre


1) New ICOMOS publications digitized


  ICOMOS Finland: Rakennettu aika - ICOMOSIN Suomen Osasto 25 Vuotta = Built time - ICOMOS Finnish National Committee 25th Anniversary. ICOMOS Finland, 1993. 144 p. [Texts in Finnish with abstracts in English] 


  Symposium International sur les Mesurages des Monuments, Brno, Juin 1971. La Societe Tchecoslovaque Scientifico-technique, Le Comite tchecoslovaque de geodesie et cartographie et le Comite International de Photogrammetrie Architecturale (CIPA). Brno, 1971. 155 p.


2) ICOMOS Bibliographic Database updated online (May 2009)


3) More documents, news, downloads, journals, publications, etc in the Blog


8) Senior Heritage Officer & Manager Heritage Advice Unit - Department of Indigenous Affairs, WA


Senior Heritage Officer, Department of Indigenous Affairs


Our Heritage and Culture Branch is looking for a Senior Heritage Officer [Position number 00000125 ($77,679 - $86,017pa)] on a contract basis from mid August 2009 until 19 April 2010 while the substantive occupant is on maternity leave.


This person will play a key role in assessing government approval applications, proposals and other applications and provides advice on the requirements of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, relevant policy and standards.  Qualifications in the areas of archaeology, anthropology or cultural heritage are an advantage for undertaking the work for this position.


The job is located in Heritage and Culture Branch within the Department of Indigenous Affairs in Perth.


To find out more about the Department and this role and to download the job and person specification, visit, or contact Ms Christine Lewis, A/Manager Heritage Advice Unit, Heritage and Culture Branch on (08) 9235 8134 or


Closing date: 26 June 2009



Manager Heritage Advice Unit, Department of Indigenous Affairs


Our Heritage and Culture Branch is looking for a Manager Heritage Advice Unit [Position number 00000119 Level ($90,727 - $97,241pa)] on a permanent basis. 


This person will play a key role overseeing the development and provision of strategic advice on matters related to Aboriginal heritage and culture in Western Australia in the context of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, including managing a team of professional anthropologists and archaeologists called the 'Heritage Advice Unit' located within the Heritage and Culture Branch of DIA. Provides the principal contact point for DIA's involvement in major project decision-making processes in Western Australia.


The job is located in Heritage and Culture Branch within the Department of Indigenous Affairs in Perth.


To find out more about the Department and this role and to download the job and person specification, visit, or contact Ms Pam Thorley on (08) 9235 8059, A/Assistant Director, Heritage and Culture Branch on (08) 9235 8059 or


Closing date: 29 June 2009


9) Research Assistant (Built Heritage) - Godden Mackay Logan


Leading Australian heritage consultancy, Godden Mackay Logan, is seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant to provide project support to Consulting staff.


  High profile firm

  Wide range of projects

  Career progression opportunities


GML provides heritage advice on major development projects and undertakes benchmark heritage studies for public sector clients. We offer innovative and responsible heritage consultancy services of the highest quality. Our multi-disciplinary in-house team of consulting staff has expertise in built heritage, urban planning, archaeology, industrial sites and interpretation.


We are seeking an enthusiastic person with a degree or equivalent in architecture or planning (with heritage focus) and/or someone who may be studying towards a master of heritage conservation or similar. You will need to have excellent writing and general research skills.  Importantly, you will need to have the ability to take on a wide variety of tasks, and the determination to develop your skills and knowledge in heritage consulting.


We offer an exciting range of projects, and professional development and advancement opportunities, including a training and development program that encourages all staff to expand their skills and knowledge.


Our main office is based in Sydney. We also have an office in Canberra and undertake interstate work.


GML is an AS/NZL ISO 9001:2000 quality certified company.


For a position description or other information contact Geoff Ashley, Senior Associate, on (02) 9319 4811. Please send your application to

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