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GA 2020 Scientific Symposium: Call for Expressions of Interest

Cross-posting from the main ICOMOS website

Following the earlier call for the Scientific Symposium Co-Chair, which has since been appointed, expressions of interest are now invited for four (4) further volunteer positions as International Theme/Stream Co-Chairs for the Scientific Symposium to be held between 5 and 9 October 2020 as part of the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS (GA2020) in Sydney, Australia under the overall theme “Shared cultures – Shared heritage – Shared responsibility”.

The four (4) subject areas for which International Theme/Stream Co-chairs will be appointed are:

  • SHARED CULTURES: Communities – collaborative, consultative, contested
  • SHARED HERITAGE: Multiple attributes, multiple values, multiple actors
  • INDIGENOUS HERITAGE: Sharing, exchange, secrecy
  • MINORITY HERITAGES: Shared or shunned?

Within each theme/stream a range of sessions may be offered covering different issues, in a variety of formats, and of varying lengths. Some sessions will be traditional ‘conference-style’ presentations whereas others may be less formal workshops or facilitated discussions. The Theme/Stream Co-chairs will be responsible for designing a series of coherent and dynamic sessions, as well as incorporating commitments made to project partners, through a wide-ranging consultative process.

Expressions of interest are encouraged from energetic, experienced, and engaged ICOMOS members who have suitable personal attributes, skills, and experience, including: a mix of appropriate practice-based and academic credentials, good connections within the cultural heritage sector, experience in conducting similar events and processes, a combination of creative and critical skills, team leadership, and demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness, ethical conduct and the ICOMOS Ethical Principles, as well as the necessary time and energy.

 

The Role of each International Theme/Stream Co-chair – includes to

  1. Work collaboratively with the International and Australian Co-chairs of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium (Ona Vileikis Tamayo [ICOMOS Belgium] and Steve Brown [ICOMOS Australia] respectively).
  2. Work collaboratively with the corresponding Theme/Stream Australian Co-chair to organise, develop, and implement symposium sessions.
  3. Work collaboratively with the corresponding Theme/Stream Australian Co-chair to recruit and constitute a working group of up to five members responsible for the review of proposals for sessions, papers, and posters;
  4. Recommend to the Australian and International Co-chairs on selection of sessions, papers, and posters; matters relating to timetabling; and development of symposium publications and documents.
  5. Develop a scholarly paper for Historic Environment in collaboration with the corresponding Theme/Stream Australian Co-chair (to be published by August 2020 in advance of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium).
  6. Advise on and contribute to publication processes and outputs following the GA202 Scientific Symposium.

 

Terms

The International Theme/Stream Co-Chairs will commence as soon as possible and will be expected to work consistently throughout the period from late 2019 into 2021. These positions are voluntary. Successful applicants are required to attend and register for GA2020, as well as cover personal travel and accommodation costs during GA2020. If eligible, financial support for attendance can be sought, for example through the ICOMOS General Assembly Travel Grants programme (but is not guaranteed).

 

Enquiries

Ona Vileikis [Email: ovileikis[at]icomosga2020.org]
Steve Brown [Email: steveb.heritage[at]gmail.com]

For more information about the GA2020 Scientific Symposium visit us at http://icomosga2020.org

 

Application information

Expressions of interest of no more than three (3) pages should:

  • indicate the preferred Theme/Stream – from among the 4 listed above;
  • state the reason why the applicant seeks appointment;
  • indicate the relevant skills and experience of the applicant in relation to conference organisation and the selected Theme/Stream topic;
  • indicate commitment to the available time and timeframe required;
  • include a one-page summary CV; and
  • be sent by 17:00pm Friday 7 June 2019 to the ICOMOS International Secretariat by email at secretariat[at]icomos.org 

Depending on the applications received, online interviews may be held and/or additional information may be sought from shortlisted applicants.

 

Note that a parallel process is being undertaken through the ICOMOS Advisory Committee to recruit Australian Co-chairs for each of the Themes and Streams.

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PhD Scholarship in Critical Heritage Studies and the Belt and Road Initiative

This scholarship at the University of Western Australia is part of a research initiative on the use of history and heritage to advance 21st Century Silk Roads trade and diplomatic ties across Eurasia and the Indian Ocean Region.

Launched in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to ‘revive’ the overland and maritime trading routes, commonly known as the Silk Roads, for the 21st century. Driven by a highly ambitious language of regional connectivity, BRI seeks to build infrastructure, energy, foreign policy and people-people ties across Asia, Europe and East Africa.

The scholarship focuses on the cultural components of BRI. There is flexibility in terms of its focus, with possible themes including a critical analysis of ‘shared heritage’, or the intersections between heritage and development or international relations. Candidates with fieldwork experience in Asia are encouraged to apply.

Appropriate research and mentoring support will be provided, with excellent travelling opportunities in Asia and/or the Indian Ocean Region as well as to relevant conferences in Australia and Overseas.

Deadline: 05 April 2019

View more details and apply online

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Reconsidering the interpretation of WWII shared-heritage in Thailand

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to find a different perspective of interpreting a Second World War shared-heritage based on the case in Thailand. Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative study was conducted at the Second World War sites in Thailand. The paper employed observation and interview of the local residents and other stakeholders at the site. Findings – Conventional interpretation of the Second World War sites in Thailand predominantly focusses on two approaches with a little involvement of the local residents. One emphasizes cruelty, loss, torture, or inhumanity with strong influence of the Australian approach. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, such interpretation could point out the culprit and gives audiences enmity against the loser of the war. Another politically underscores a strong connection between Thailand and Japan by presenting romanticized stories of wartime. The paper suggests that the way to bring Second World War shared-heritage site to life is to put an emphasis on the voice of the local residents rather than focussing on political agenda. Practical implications – The argument and recommendation raised in this paper will be particularly useful for the local residents and those who are involved in heritage management field. It would contribute to the better understanding and respect among people with different cultural backgrounds. Originality/value – The paper is the first study of a different view of the interpretation of Second World War shared-heritage. The argument raised in the paper would lead to a wider discussion among heritage professionals.
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Embedding shared heritage: the cultural heritage rights of London’s African ad Asian diaspora communities

Although heritage agencies responsible for the management of world heritage sites are being challenged to incorporate intangible heritage into the nomination, inscription and management systems, there is still very little attention paid in the UK to engaging diaspora and immigrant communities in these processes. The presence of such African and Asian communities in the UK dates back more than 500 years and they form a significant and rising proportion of London’s population. This case study describes a major initiative undertaken by the office of the mayor of London in 2003–2006 that sought to embed the cultural heritage rights of African and Asian diaspora communities into the management of the city’s heritage spaces in a way that aimed to ensure that their heritage is seen as part of the national story. This London case thus provides very valuable lessons for the management of world heritage sites in the UK and Europe.
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