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Projects 2010

Vietnam Heritage Action Field field school

International Heritage Action Field School

Museums & Sustainable Heritage Development

VIETNAM: Monday 11– Saturday 30 January, 2010

The International Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development offered by the Museum Studies Program at UQ in association with the Pacific Asia Observatory aims to provide first-hand experience to graduate students and Professional Development Program participants in locating culture in sustainable development in a rapidly globalising world. Museums and heritage places kinds are considered in the context of sustainable economic, environmental and social development, with a focus on documented case studies and real-life examples in Vietnam.

Participants will consider how museums, cultural institutions, and heritage tourism can play a role in the revitalization of local culture and economy, and how international conventions for heritage protection, governance structures, and local area planning intersect within holistic heritage management frameworks. The course provides a critical introduction to cultural mapping, gender and youth issues in community engagement, poverty alleviation and Millennium Development GoalsIt also examines the challenges posed by the conflicts between conservation and development, particularly in World Heritage Areas.

Field school: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

This Field School provides practical field experience not only to graduate students and researchers in museum, heritage and environmental studies, practicing museum and heritage professionals, but will also be of interest to those involved in archaeology, anthropology, planning, postcolonial studies, sustainable development and cultural heritage law.

The International Field School is offered annually during the University of Queensland Summer Semester in Vietnam, with the support

of the local, provincial and national cultural institutions and their respective authorities.  It is the only study program of its kind offered in Vietnam guided by a formal MoU between the President of UQ and the Director General of the Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage


Third International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

ISTANBUL: Tuesday 29 June to Friday 2 July, 2010

The Third International Conference on the Inclusive Museum is to be held at the Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey 29 June to 2 July 2010.

Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in museum studies and leading practitioners, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.

Participants are welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session or a virtual session. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers to The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, a fully refereed academic Journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All registered Conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the Journal. This subscription is valid until one year after the Conference end date.


The Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development is a project of the