Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of  Western Australia (ASWA) and Australia ICOMOS are hosting a one-day forum on ‘Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia’.

Date: Friday 16 October 2020
Time: 8am to 5pm (drinks and canapes afterwards until 7.30pm)
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia

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Travel subsidies for First Australians based outside of Perth to partially offset the cost of getting to Fremantle are being offered. Amounts will vary depending on distance travelled and the total number of applicants. Travel subsidies can be requested through the Humanitix registration page. If you know of anyone who wants to take up this option, please contact JJ McDermott by email or phone 0458 608 786 for assistance with the booking.

If you are unable to attend the Forum in person but are still interested in participating, please please contact JJ McDermott by email or phone 0458 608 786 before Friday 18 September. We are looking into arranging a potential live streaming option over the Zoom platform and need to get numbers as soon as possible.

Smithsonian | National Conference on Cultural Property Protection (NCCPP)

Save the date September 22-23, 2020, 10am-3pm EST | 7am-12pm PST

Hosted by the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection (NCCPP)

This year the NCCPP will focus on current events and include sessions on Museums’ Response to COVID-19, Reopening Strategies, Protests at Museums, and Disaster Preparedness.

More information is available on the NCCPP website.

Or you can skip straight to the webinar registration form here.

‘Creating the Future: Trust. Diversity. Imagination.’ (AMaGA) 2020 Conference

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) 2020 conference will be held in Canberra – ACT, between 18-21 May 2020.
The theme for the conference is ‘Creating the Future: Trust. Diversity. Imagination.’ AMaGA 2020 will invite new perspectives on the museum and gallery sector’s role in creating the future.

AMaGa is looking forward to developing an ambitious, imaginative and outward-looking program that questions assumptions. This is your chance to share your ideas about addressing our sector’s impact on communities, ecologies and economies and building trust and empathy in the context of global challenges.

We are particularly looking for papers that bring inter-generational, cross-platform, cross-cultural and inter-sectional perspectives to the conference. We are also looking for new perspectives on the work of the sector and its role in shaping our future communities, society and world.
Presentation formats for proposals may include : a Pitch, Lightning Talk, Debate, Performance or Film.

Significant dates:
Call for Abstracts – NOW OPEN – closes Monday 30 September 2019
Registration – opens October 2019
Further informationhttps://amaga2020.org.au/abstract-submission/

Fires, Floods and Failures. ALIA URLs Symposium

Canberra – 1 May 2019

Australian Society of Archivists

This year ALIA URLS (ACT) Group and Blue Shield Australia are hosting a one-day Seminar at the National Library of Australia on the topic of ‘Fires, Floods and Failures: Future Proofing against Disaster’

Hear how our colleagues deal with disaster planning and emergency responses in relation to libraries and cultural collections.

Date: Wednesday 1 May, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:00 pm
Price: $100 for ALIA members
Location: Conference Room, 4th Floor, National Library of Australia, Canberra

The program and registration details can be found at: https://membership.alia.org.au/events/event/fires-floods-and-failures-future-proofing-against-disaster

Understanding Risk Factors in a Disaster Environment: Evaluation of a Three Week Study Tour of Japan

Adam Lebowitz, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Kelsea Clingeleffer, Liana Riddington, Zara Hoare, and Warde Macintosh, University of Tasmania, provide insights into the advantages of study tour experiences.

Abstract
On-site tours of post-disaster areas can deepen conceptual understanding of risks in a disaster environment. This evaluation describes highlights of a three-week program in Japan for Australian students of disaster psychology to study disaster mitigation and management in a different cultural setting. Students visited northeastern areas of Japan affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, and centres for learning and memorialisation (the process of preserving memories of people or events) in Tokyo. This visit allowed students to meet experts in disaster risk reduction and recovery and allowed observation of how theory and practice in these areas have been developed in Japan.

Read Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Volume 30 Number 3, July 2015, pp 62-65.

For further information contact Dr Tanya Park, Chair Blue Shield Australia 

 

CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference Suva, Fiji, 1-5 October 2018

The 2018 CULTURE Conference Committee invites you to register for the conference. Visit the CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference website for more information on registration, the program, speakers and more. Following on from the Blue Shield Australia Symposium held in January, one of the key themes of the conference is Heritage at Risk: Climate Change and Disasters. The conference is a joint undertaking of Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS Pasifika.

Download the 2018 CULTURE Conference Leaflet.

Initial queries about this conference can be directed to Bradley Hayden, details below.

Bradley Hayden
Countrywide Conference & Event Management
PO Box 5013
ALBURY NSW 2708
Phone: +61 412 461 392
email Bradley

Blue Shield Australia submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, March 2018

Blue Shield Australia submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, March 2018

Australia is a signatory to the 1954 Hague Convention Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict, but has yet to adopt the First and Second Protocols.  Signing of the Protocols would place Australia on an international level and underline legal commitment alongside the 108 nations that are parties to the First Protocol and Second Protocol [New Zealand (2013) and the UK (2017)]

Immediately following the Blue Shield Symposium [29-30 January 2018] a “Cultural Property Protection Expert Group Roundtable” met at Old Parliament House, Canberra [31 January 2018]. Representatives attended from the Departments of Defence, Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Communications and the Arts, and Environment and Energy met with BSA, ARC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, peak bodies and international observers from the UK, Japan and the Pacific.  Discussions centred around enhancing discourse on Cultural Property Protection, and move towards the support of the Australian government in the adoption of the Protocols and Hague Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict.

Conference: 8th International Conference on Building Resilience (Risk and Resilience in Practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages)

The 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE is to be held in Lisbon, November 7-9, 2018.

The theme is Risk and Resilience in Practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages.

This places cultural heritage within the global context of disaster risk reduction and provides an opportunity for heritage to be brought into the mainstream. It also provides an opportunity for heritage professionals to discuss with a non-heritage audience the contribution of heritage to resilience building, as well as the issues we have identified as critical for reducing risks to cultural heritage. This includes discussing cultural heritage in relation to displaced communities, which in the Australian context could include Aboriginal communities and refugee communities.

The conference is structured around the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework and provides an opportunity for discussion of heritage in the broader context of disaster risk reduction and resilience, as well as to present evidence based heritage case studies.

ICOMOS-ICORP is an associate partner of the conference, along with UNISDR and a number of universities and research centres from around the world that specialise in resilience and disaster and emergency management. There is a broad range of tracks proposed for the conference which are aligned with the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:

  • Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
  • Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction

Several of the tracks are expressly related to heritage, although, as heritage is part of the main theme for the conference, it would also be possible to address heritage within the other tracks on offer, although heritage is not specifically mentioned in their title. For the full range of tracks, which include among other areas cultural landscapes and indigenous heritage, refer to the conference website: http://2018.buildresilience.org

ICORP members are co-chairing the following tracks:

  • 3A – Heritages: Risk mitigation, adaptation and assessment
  • 4C – Risk and resilience issues of the architectural heritage: documentation, conservation, restoration and recovery
  • 4F – The Role of Heritage in Reducing Risks, Building Resilience, Sustaining Culture and Enabling Recovery and Healing

The call for abstracts closes this Sunday, 4 March 2018.

International Training Course: UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2018

Call for Application for UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2018, 13th year.

Dates of Course: 29th August to 19th September, 2018
Place: Kyoto and Kobe, Japan
Deadline: April 5th (Thursday), 2018 (JST)


Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, theft, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, Nepal earthquake in 2015, UK floods in 2015, Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. These disasters not only effect the immovable heritage components such as monuments, archaeological sites and historic urban areas but also cause damage to the movable components that include museum collections and heritage objects that are in active use such as religious and other artefacts of significance to the local community. Both these movable and immovable components are exposed to various hazards that necessitate appropriate measures to reduce disaster risks. Also in the aftermath of a disaster many architectural fragments of damaged or collapsed buildings need documentation, handling and storage similar to movable heritage collections. Therefore an integrated approach for movable and immovable heritage is needed for risk assessment of heritage sites as well as museums and its collections before, during and after a disaster situation. Limited availability of human and financial resources also calls for closer coordination between professionals and institutions dealing with heritage sites, museums and the external agencies. Moreover integrated disaster risk management involves appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce various risks to movable and immovable heritage components by taking into consideration their heritage values that are often interdependent. It is also important to recognize many examples of traditional knowledge evolved by communities through series of trials and errors that demonstrate that movable and immovable cultural heritage can be an effective source of resilience against disaster risks and integrate these in larger disaster risk management strategies.

Japan is home to a variety of frequently occurring disasters, which can cause wide-ranging damage to its cultural resources. For this reason, the country has taken specialized measures in establishing a disaster risk management system and methodology for post-disaster emergency response and recovery.

Together with the preservation of historical townscapes and buildings, we aim to protect the objects and implements long used in the daily lives of people of the region, as well as objects that serve as clues to understanding the lives and achievements of past generations. For this reason, we consider both movable and immovable cultural property to be essential subjects of our disaster risk management efforts.

Seasonal festivals and rituals as well as local celebrations and customs also help to make people’s lives more abundant in the local community. Thus, another significant task is the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage from natural hazards.

These various cultural heritage disaster mitigation measures, many developed in response to Japan’s special circumstances, will be covered in this training.

The 13th International Training Course will give special focus on the Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters.

See http://r-dmuch.jp/en/project/itc_2018.html for Guidelines for Application, Application Form and further information about the course.