Projects 2009

Upcoming Activities

12th Sustainability Conference | Urban Sustainability: Inspiration & Solution, Jan 2016, Portland, USA

Inaugural International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, April 2016, Hawaii, USA

9th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum | Urbanism, Inclusion, and Cultural Freedoms, Sept 2016, Cincinnati, USA

Inclusive Cultural Leadership in Sustainable Development Field School, Dec 2016-Jan 2017, Vietnam

Recent Activities

8th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum | Museums as Civic Spaces, Aug 2015, New Delhi, India

Keynote: ICCN 2014 Festival and General Assembly,, Oct 2014, Isfahan, Iran

7th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, August 2014, Los Angeles, USA

Masterclass & Keynote | Pathways: Connecting Museums & Communities. South East Queensland Small Museums Conference, 21-24 August 2014, Australia

Keynote speech to Exploring Borders, 6th General Conference of ASEMUS,, Sept 2014, Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Keynote speech to Museums and Innovations. ICOM - International Conference on Ethnography, Oct 2014, Zagreb, Croatia

Co-facilitator and lead, Ha Long Ecomuseum study tour: Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement, ICOM-ICTOP Annual Conference,, Oct 2014, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Chairperson of the Eleventh Sustainability Conference. Sustainability Dividends- Developmental Fault Lines,, Jan 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

Strategic Transformations: Museums in 21st Century, February 2014, New Delhi & Kolkata, India

World Culture Forum: The Power of Culture in Sustainable Development, November 2013, Bali, Indonesia

Asia-Europe Foundation Experts' Meeting & Public Forum - Investing in Heritage Cities: Stimulus for Sustainable Tourism and Livelihoods, June 2013, Yangon, Myanmar

Workshop: Heritage as Knowledge Resource: social, political and cultural context, June 2013, Zagreb, Croatia

International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Jan 2013, Hiroshima, Japan

6th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, April 2013, Denmark, Copenhagen

UNESCO World Heritage Convention 40th anniversary celebrations & book launch "World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders", Nov 2012, Kyoto, Japan

International Symposium on Culture & Sustainable Development, Nov 2012, Paris, France

5th General Conference of the Asia-Europe Museum Network, Sept 2012, Seoul, Korea

More than Meets the Eye - Keynote Lecture

Museums Australia National Conference, Sept 2012, Australia

Expert Meeting on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections July 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,

European Museum Advisors Conference, May-June 2012, Portugal

NEXT STEP: Putting Culture on the Agenda for the Future of Europe June 2012, Denmark


Second International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Brisbane, Australia

Overall Theme: Enabling Diversity Sustaining Development

The Second International Conference on the Inclusive Museum was held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 8-11 July 2009.

Plenary speakers included some of the leading thinkers in museum studies and leading practitioners, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.

For those unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual participation was also available.

Presenters submitted written papers to The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, a fully refereed academic Journal. Virtual participants also had the option to submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All registered Conference participants received a complimentary online subscription to the Journal.

Public Lecture: Professor Henry Charles Bredekamp, CEO of  Iziko Museums, Cape Town

Challenge and Change: The SA national Gallery of IZiko Mseums Cape Town in post-Apartheid South Africa(PDF)

During the Inclusive Museum Conference in Brisbane Prof Henry Charles Bredekamp presented a public lecture at the State Library Queensland.

South Africa of the 21st century is a nation in the making after an era of almost four centuries of colonialism and apartheid. It is engaged in discussions about re-imagining its non-racial and ethnic identities within the context of post-colonial Africa and a globalising world.

Professor Bredekamp gave an insightful lecture focusing on the importance of historical research and indigenous knowledge systems in bringing about effective changes and understanding of the notion of indigenious people in post-colonial Africa.

Professor Bredekamp is the CEO of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, whose mission is to manage and promote its unique combination of South Africa’s heritage collections, sites and services for the benefit of present and future generations.

Master Class: International Heritage Protection

University of Queensland: 25 – 29 August 2009

Professor O’Keefe, Professor Prott & Professor Galla

Prof Patrick O’Keefe, AM. A specialist in the law and management of cultural heritage since 1970, Dr. O’Keefe is a Member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London. He has written over 200 books, reports and articles on aspects of cultural heritage. Founding Chairman of the Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association, a post he held the post for 12 years, he is a distinguished Professor teaching and supervising PhD students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Queensland.

Prof Lyndel Prott, AO, Hon FAHA. An eminent barrister and former Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage, UNESCO, Paris, Dr. Prott has lectured at many universities and institutes around the world and has authored, co-authored or edited over 200 books, reports or articles. She has written in English, French and German and been published in Arabic, Croat, Chinese, Italian, Magyar, Russian and Spanish. She is a distinguished Professor teaching and supervising PhD students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Queensland. Prof Amareswar Galla. One of the leading museologists and sustainable heritage development specialists in the world and a champion of cultural democracy and Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland

This Five Day Intensive Professional Development Program for people from all professional back grounds, especially international humanitarian law, Human Rights Commissions, Environmental and Heritage Agencies, Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives was designed to give participants an introduction to international laws concerning heritage in its various forms, giving them a solid grounding in the obligations concerning heritage established by major international legal instruments such as the UNESCO Conventions, Recommendations and Declarations.

The course also provided participants with knowledge of international rules which affect exchanges, exhibitions, recovery of stolen cultural objects, protection of antiquities, and acquisition and exhibition policies.  Lack of knowledge of this body of legal obligations and the relevant ethical codes could lead to potential losses to museums and breaches of international legal obligations for which a country may be liable. Cultural rights are addressed as an integral part of Human Rights. All the course modules are illustrated with international case studies, including several from the Asia Pacific Region, through the first hand legal knowledge of the course faculty.

Participants studied the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 and its two Protocols (1954, 1999), the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970, the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001, UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005.  More briefly there will be consideration of the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972, the 11 UNESCO heritage Recommendations and the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 2001. The adoption and implementation of these instruments both in Australia and other countries will be studied as well as their implications for Australian heritage and other cultural workers.