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Vietnam Heritage Action Field School

| January 15, 2012 | Comments (0)
Vietnam Heritage field school

Vietnam Heritage field school, Halong Bay

Vietnam: International Field School in Museums & Sustainable Heritage Development

The International Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development has been running for seven years. It 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 Goals. It also examines the challenges posed by the conflicts between conservation and development, particularly in World Heritage Areas.

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.

Contact us: http://inclusivemuseum.org/contact/

Click here to enjoy a photos of the Vietnam Field School by a former participant: Dr Tomke Lask, Director, Laboratory of Anthropology of Communication (LAC), University of Liege, Belgium

Read a paper titled ‘Transnational Educational Experiences in Anthropology: Orienting Students to the Discipline’s Changing Geography, presented at the session Education and Institutional Practices, May 14, 2009 during the Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) 2009 by J Joanne Kienholz, MA Student, University of British Columbia 2009, Alumna of the International Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, University of Queensland 2008.

Key activities include:
  • Sustainable community engagement: workshop at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on the participation of indigenous and minority groups in the conservation and interpretation of tangible and intangible heritage and their representation in different contexts.
  • Critical investigation into the positive and negative effects that tourism has had on the traditional ways of life and heritage values of indigenous and ethnic minority groups in Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam.
  • Women and youth issues in culture and development – seminar at the Vietnam Museum of Women in Hanoi and Women’s Museum of the South in Ho Chi Minh City – addressing issues of gender, representation and participation in environmental education, and globalization.
  • Challenges in the practical implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, including workshops with management in Hue, Hoi An, My Son and Ha Long Bay World Heritage Areas.
  • Post-conflict heritage management, peace and reconciliation in Vietnam, with case studies in Ha Long Bay, Hue, My Son, Cham Island, Danang Museum in Danang City and Cu Chi tunnels and museums in Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province.
  • Urban development and heritage conservation – evaluation workshop with the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology examining the future development and management of Ba Dinh Archaeological Site and Thang Long Citadel in the heart of Hanoi, and the sustainable heritage development of Hanoi Old Quarter. Workshop at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum on the layers of significance of urban heritage.
  • Roundtable at the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi to interrogate the construction of the aesthetic discourse and its contemporary globalisation through biennales and triennials.
  • Study of the Vietnam Temple of Literature as Documentary Heritage
  • The significance of Object ID, Vietnam National Cultural Heritage Law and minimization of illicit traffic in cultural property and UNESCO & CITES Conventions with seminar at the Cham Museum in Danang.
  • Ecomuseums and holistic heritage management: participation in a planning workshop bringing together floating fishing villages and curators, site managers and conservators to evaluate the construction and development of the world’s first floating museum in Ha Long Bay World Heritage Area and the Hoi An Ecomuseum development bringing the Cua Lao Cham UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Area together through integrated local area planning.
  • Evaluating heritage and environmental policies, cultural mapping and integrated sustainable systems methodologies and intercultural dialogue in development and poverty alleviation.
  • UNESCO Conventions on Cultural Diversity and Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage and the integration of intangible and tangible heritage in museums and World Heritage Areas.

Contact us: http://inclusivemuseum.org/contact/

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