Workshop: Postgraduate workshop in association with ACHS Canberra conference

Postgraduate Workshop in Critical Heritage and Museum Studies

Sunday 30 November – Monday 1 December

This workshop, run in association with the second Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, 2-4 December, Canberra aims to provide existing and prospective postgraduate students with an opportunity to discuss future research directions and the interdisciplinary nature of the field with leading academic researchers.

In December 2014 the Association of Critical Heritage Studies is holding its second conference, with over 300 papers to be presented by scholars from around the world, exploring cutting edge research and innovative thinking in heritage and museum studies, and public history and memory studies. There is a strong focus on Asia in the papers being presented, and a significant contribution of papers on Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as issue of multiculturalism, migration and diaspora.

The ANU Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies are organising the conference, and for the two days prior to the conference are holding a workshop for postgraduate and honours students. The focus of the two days will be on emerging issues in critical heritage and museum scholarship, and will be run by Professor Laurajane Smith, drawing on the expertise of the conference’s prominent keynote speakers.

The workshop is aimed at a number of potential attendees: current PhD students, Masters students, undergraduate honours students and in special cases advanced undergraduate students. The workshop is free of charge, and lunch will be provided (attendees will have to organise their own accommodation and dinner).

To register for the workshop contact Registrations close November 14th. Please note places are limited and will be capped. To register please provide a short statement highlighting your current, or proposed, studies and why you want to attend the workshop.


Timetable (Draft)

Sunday 30 November

10:30 – 11:00 Morning tea and introductions

11:00-1:00 What is Critical Heritage Studies: how and why has it emerged

Discussion leaders Dr Denis Byrne and Professor Laurajane Smith

1:00-200 Lunch

2:00-4:00 Future directions in Heritage and Museum Studies.

Discussion leaders Dr Denis Byrne and Professor Laurajane Smith

6:00 Dinner with workshop speakers

Monday 1 December

Each two hour slot will consist of a 30-40 min presentation followed by discussion and workshopping of key issues arising from the presentation.

10:00-12:00 Descriptive and theoretical issues in the critical anthropology of heritage

Seminar presentation and discussion leader Professor Michael Herzfeld

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Theorising intersectional identities and ways into analysis

Seminar presentation and discussion leader Professor Margaret Wetherell


3:00-3:30 Tea


3:30-5:30 Cross Cultural Research Issues in Heritage and Place/Space Studies

Seminar presentation and discussion leader Professor Zongjie Wu

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