The recently released IPCC 6th Assessment Report on the physical basis of climate change has forcefully foregrounded how climate extremes and natural disasters will increasingly be part of our daily and seasonal lives. In the face of these predictions and projections, humanity must both drastically reduce carbon emissions and adapt their lives to climate extremes and environmental challenges.
As a species, we have been dealing with environmental challenges, climate extremes, and natural disasters for millennia. Whilst the severity and speed of changes now is new and pressing, archaeological and historical research can, and should, excavate examples of communities adapting to rapid change, often in a sustainable way, and offer insights for the future.
This seminar brings together archaeologists, historians and cultural heritage practitioners working on climate change and sustainability themes to respond to the recent IPCC report and to explore various ways in which communities have adapted to new, often inferior, conditions in the past.
The key focus of the seminar is on adaptation to natural disasters such as heatwaves (and associated catastrophic fires) and flooding. We ask: in light of the IPCC’s report, what new research can archaeology and history do to advance the climate agenda? How can archaeologists and historians contribute to climate challenges? Which regions and communities can benefit from historical and archaeological research as part of their climate adaptation?
ICCROM in collaboration with ICOM are offering an International Course on Rethinking Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Collections. The course is targeted at professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, but some seats are reserved for international candidates.
Online Sessions delivered from ICCROM, Rome, Italy
In-person workshop: Escuela Taller De Filipinas Foundation Inc., Manila, Philippines
The deadline for applications has been extended to 1 November.
In recognition of the International Day for Disaster Reduction the State Library of South Australia will host a half day symposium on 14 October 2020.
The symposium will raise awareness of the role cultural heritage collections play in building community resilience. The symposium will offer advice on frameworks and grants to help you protect your heritage collections.
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
Travel subsidiesfor 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.
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.
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
Dr Tanya Park, Chair of Blue Shield Australia has recently authored an article ‘The Blue Shield: Working for the protection of cultural heritage’, published in Museums Galleries Australia Magazine, Vol. 26 (1), Spring-Summer 2017, pp.54-56.