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Societies Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 15:27:07 +0200 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Museums and Heritage Agencies in Multicultural Societies by Prof. Amareswar Galla 7-17 November 2004, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands Museums and Heritage Agencies in Multicultural Societies by Prof. Amareswar Gall (International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden & Sustainable Heritage Development Program, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia) In the past two decades museums, heritage agencies and World Heritage Areas across Europe and the rest of the world have undergone fundamental changes. They are increasingly becoming visitor-centered, relevant to the stakeholders and located in issues of sense of place and identity in the face of the accelerated pace of cultural, digital and economic globalisation. In Europe and other western countries, these agencies are more and more challenged to address their relevance and role in multicultural and transitional societies. The challenge is to develop a post-colonial heritage discourse that is inclusive in philosophy and locally grounded in context. This is largely dependent on the way we address museums, heritage and community building and provide a focus for facilitating productive relationships for collaboration, cultural exchange and enrichment of the 'culture in development' practice. The outcomes of locating culture in development can be more sustainable and vibrant communities, more cohesive community networks, greater community confidence and direction founded in a sense of self and place, and an increased community capacity for holistically addressing its own needs. In many circumstances re-establishment of cultural pride and sense of place is seen as the key to addressing social well-being. It requires an inclusive framework that recognises the cultural and heritage aspirations of different sections of the community, including groups that may otherwise be marginalized culturally, socially and economically. It is within this context that this master class/visiting scholars program will address locating culture in sustainable development with the main focus on museums, art museums, libraries, archives, national parks, World Heritage Areas and other heritage agencies in sustainable development. Programme: Sunday 7 November 2004: Orientation Arrival of participants in Leiden. Welcome reception and dinner. Monday 8 November 2004: Research and project sharing Interactive discussions and facilitated dialogue will inform this one-day forum. Participants will share and discuss their individual research and project concerns. They will receive feedback from their colleagues and moderators. Tuesday 9 November 2004: Transformations - Case study based analysis Participants will work on a critical examination of two case studies of museum and heritage projects in Leiden with facilitated interaction from the research and communications personnel of the institutions. Wednesday 10 November 2004: Museums in the Life of a City Participants will examine the role and planning of projects at the World Museum in Rotterdam and the way the museum addresses its location in a multicultural city environment. Thursday 11 November 2004: Museums and Community Engagement Participants will examine the different research and interpretation approaches taken by the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam and contrast it with a community based initiative in Amsterdam. Friday 12 November 2004: Cultural policies and inclusive national frameworks Participants will examine the national policies of the Netherlands as a case study and critique the cultural policy approaches to address multicultural concerns at a national level. The interface between cultural policies and refugee and minority discourses will be analyzed. Saturday, 13 November 2004: Review and evaluation This one day de-briefing from the one week intensive will be a reflexive one focussing on the individual and collective learning outcomes. Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 November 2004: Dancing With Diversity Participants will attend the conference of the Dutch Museums Association entitled Dancing With Diversity in Amsterdam. They will participate in and evaluate different sessions. The conveners of the conference will discuss the evaluation framework during the week of the masterclass. Follow up It is envisaged that the participants will write up a critical research piece of work of up to 5,000 words after returning to their home institutions or universities. These will be refereed and published by the conveners of the masterclass as a special research volume. Practical information: PhD students and post doctoral researchers interested in participating in this masterclass are invited to register with the masterclass' coordinator. Readings will be circulated to the selected participants ahead of the masterclass. An interactive message board will be established to facilitate interaction between the participants and their professors before and after the masterclass. Further information and registration: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Josine Stremmelaar, MA P.O.Box 9515 2300 RA Leiden The Netherlands T 071 527 2227 F 071 527 4162 firstname.lastname@example.org www.iias.nl -- H-MUSEUM H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies E -Mail: email@example.com WWW: http://www.h-museum.net