The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) seminar series aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss key issues facing cultural heritage and museums.
The CHCAP is a leading research centre in the heritage and museum studies field, based in the Alfred Deakin Research Institute and the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. Established in 2001, as part of an agreement signed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Deakin University, the aims of CHCAP are:
- To develop a critical knowledge base in which to understand the diverse ways in which cultural heritage (embodied in places, collections and exhibitions as well as in intangible forms of cultural production) constitutes a medium to value and understand the relationship between past, present and future as well as the need to conserve, manage and interpret cultural heritage.
- To advocate for an understanding of heritage that not only influences and shapes cultural identity, but fosters cross-cultural understanding within our increasingly globalised world.
- To inform the development of policy and practice in the interrelated field of heritage and museum studies by undertaking research which is both nationally and internationally relevant and addresses the most pressing issues in this field.
‘What is Social Value? A Discussion Paper’
Twenty years ago ‘What is Social Value? A Discussion Paper’ was published. Where did this concept come from, how have we used and misused it, and where are we going with it today? Chris will explore the journey so far, touching on both theory and practice, illustrated with some places and people who have shaped her understandings of the oft-challenged concept of social significance.
Ms Chris Johnston is a heritage consultant who specialises in investigating the special meanings and associations that exist between people and their places. She is well known for her work in developing and applying social significance methodologies, community engagement, strategic planning and innovative approaches to understanding heritage values and places. Chris also has an active interest in aesthetic values and emotional response to place. She is a Director of Context Pty Ltd, a heritage consultancy based in Melbourne.
Heritage as Cultural Politics in Times of Transition: Melbourne and Hanoi’
This public lecture provides a fascinating overview of Bill’s insights into changing approaches to heritage conservation over the last three decades, as well as Bill’s thoughts on future directions of both heritage conservation and heritage studies.
Affectivity and darkness: impressions of the Museum of Old and New Art
Dr Janice Baker, Alfred Deakin Research Postdoctoral Research Fellow discusses Affectivity and darkness: impressions of the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart Tasmania
Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq
Dr Benjamin Isakhan, from Deakin's Centre of Citizenship and Globalisation delivers a public lecture on Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq’ and seeks to investigate the complex inter-relationship that exists between the destruction of cultural heritage and sharp upsurges in terror and violence.
Cultural pedagogies in the Museum: Walking, looking, listening and feeling
Taking the recent exhibition ‘Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours’ at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum as her starting point, Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb outlines new approaches to museum pedagogy.
Melbourne's heritage and projected population increases
Associate Professor Renate Howe outlines the key issues facing Melbourne's heritage due to projected population increases in the next decade, including the need to involve the city's multicultural community in a dialogue about the importance of heritage and the success of the 'place-making' agenda, particularly in Europe, as a response to urban redevelopment. Melbourne at @ 5 million. Can the city’s heritage planning meet the challenge?