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Projects 2006

“Museums and Community Engagement Masterclass, Cobb & Co. Museum, Toowoomba (October 2006)

Facilitated by Dr Steven Engelsman, Professor Amareswar Galla, and Deborah Tranter


Transformations 2005 ANUTransformations

The second Transformations conference will be held at the Australian National University in November 2006. Part of the agenda of the convening agencies of Transformations 2006 is to recognise, in a post-industrial, globalised world environment, that human development must be understood as a process that occurs both locally, but within a total environment. Furthermore, planning for development is not just a function of economics, social or political change, health advancement, human and cultural rights, the absence of physical violence, or sustainable physical environments. Rather, it is achieved within, and through, interplay of all these functions. The second Transformations conference will continue to explore the themes and priority issues that have emerged from international policy work associated with cultural diversity since November 2001.


Tracking the Dragon

The project will provide an innovative on-line web content management system for enhancing and updating the national database of Chinese Australian Cultural Heritage (CACH) project and as such, it will provide an outstanding example of excellence in this field of Asia-Pacific studies and a key research and teaching tool of considerable cultural importance and historical significance. The project draws on existing resources of excellence in these specialized fields at the ANU and links them across sectors to the Chinese-Australian community and to researchers and teachers of the Chinese Diaspora in this country and internationally.


ICOM logoMuseums, Cultural Mapping and Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia, Bringing People And Their Heritage Together

In July, a transborder capacity building workshop – Museums, Cultural Mapping and Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia, Bringing People And Their Heritage Together – will be held consecutively in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Vientiane, Lao PDR. This workshop will focus on cultural mapping with participants from the ten Southeast Asian countries and East Timor. UNESCO Phnom Penh Office is a major partner of this workshop.


Asia Pacific Week Logo ANUAsia Pacific Week 2006

Asia Pacific Week 2006 was host to the Pacific Museums in Sustainable Heritage Development (PMSHD) workshop, 28th January – 2nd February. The PMSHD workshop was the largest ever meeting of Pacific Islander Museum/Cultural Centre directors and heritage specialists. There was a weeklong program of activities across three major themes – digital technologies, cultural diversity and human development. The International Centre of Excellence in Asia and Pacific Studies, the Commonwealth Association of Museums and UNESCO Office for the Pacific proudly supported the PMSHD workshop.

 


Second International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

Common Ground Group worked in partnership with the ANU on the Second International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Hanoi, January 2006. As a partner, UNESCO Office in Hanoi was given the opportunity to showcase their Cua Van Floating Ecomuseum project.