Interactive Q&A Panel Discussion
This event is hosted by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Melbourne School of Government and is part of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference being held this year in Melbourne from 15 to 19 September 2014.
The theme of ICOM-CC’s 17th Triennial Conference is Building Strong Culture through Conservation. By preserving cultural materials essential to the continuation of collective memory, conservation helps rebuild communities which have been damaged through war, natural disaster, or displacement, and contributes to the identity of thriving communities. Access to cultural material directly contributes to what Amartya Sen describes as ‘functionality’ - giving individuals the tools we need to understand our place in the world, and ‘capability’ - giving us the ability to make choices about our place in the world. When people have access to their cultural material they are able to participate in assessment of their history and historical position, understand where their knowledge was derived from, build educational foundations, and engage creatively in the future. These are very much the hallmarks of social inclusion that contributes to social transformation. However, culture remains a silent partner in many significant international development agendas, such as the Millennium Development Goals and is often the gilding rather than the core of international government programs.
This Q&A will explore the intersection of culture and international development by grappling with the following questions:
• How might we measure the impact of culture on international development?
• Who are the key actors in cultural development and whose interests do they serve?
• How does ‘strong culture’ assist economic development and social resilience?
• In what ways can development strategies incorporate principles and practices of cultural conservation?
• How do communities manage generational shifts in how culture is valued and transmitted?
• Professor Lyndal Prott, Director of UNESCO's Division of Cultural Heritage
• Estelle Parker , Deputy State Director, Victoria State Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia.
• Luis da Costa Ximenes, Director of Belun, and Emilio Vicente Noronha, Project Manager of Belun
• Moderated by Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) and the Co-Chair of the 17th Triennial Conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC), Building Strong Culture Through Conservation
Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 5:30 pm Where
Room 105 & 106, Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne Booking