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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Vietnam Museum Studies Field School

From H-Museum:

Anyone fancy a trip to Vietnam in January?!

Vietnam Museum Studies Field School
The University of Queensland, Brisbane
3-20 January 2007

The UQ Museum Studies Field School aims to provide first-hand experience to students and Professional Development Program participants about museums of all types and their location in a rapidly globalising world. The focus is on documented case studies, which will consider the challenges of conservation, governance and development frameworks that have become imperative in the contemporary world. The UQ Museums Studies Field School will be offered for the first time during the summer session 2006/7 in Vietnam with the total support of thelocal, provincial and national museums and their respective authorities.The focus is on:. Critical investigation into the positive and negative effects that tourism has had on the traditional ways of life and heritage values of ethnic minority groups in northern Vietnam and their representation in museums. Two day national symposium on Museums, Women and Sustainable Development hosted by the Vietnam Museum of Women, Vietnam Museum of History and VietnamMuseum of Ethnology with the support of VVOB, Belgium and UNESCO.. Planning workshop bringing together floating fishing villages and curators, site managers and conservators to evaluate the construction and development of the world's first floating museum in Ha Long Bay WorldHeritage Area. Participants will live in the Cua Van floating village and work with the local staff in the evaluation process.. Evaluation workshop with the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology examining the future development and management of Ba Dinh Archaeological Site andThang Long Citadel in the heart of Hanoi, including the concept for an urban museum for Hanoi dealing with both tangible and intangible heritage values.. Workshop at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on the participation of indigenous and minority groups in the conservation and interpretation of tangible and intangible heritage.. Roundtable at the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts and the Vietnam Temple of Literature to interrogate the construction of the aesthetic in art museum discourse and its contemporary globalisation through biennales and triennials.. Digital Heritage workshop: innovative and creative use of technologies bringing together source communities and major museum collections at theDanang Museum and Cham Museum.. The significance of Object ID, national cultural heritage law and UNESCO Conventions in the minimization of illicit traffic in cultural property.. Understanding Vietnam's community stakeholder evaluation of the managementof Hoi An Social History, Folklife and Archaeological museums.. Evaluating cultural mapping methodologies in locating museums in integrated local area planning and sustainable development.. A range of short exercises giving the participants first hand exposure to understanding key issues for museums and heritage management.

Faculty
The Field School is led by a faculty of national and international researchers and museum professionals with substantial track record ofapplied work in Vietnam. It is coordinated by Dr Amareswar Galla, Professorof Museum Studies, the University of Queensland, and Guest Curator ofInternational Projects, Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage,Ministry of Culture and Information.The Vietnamese faculty is led by Professor Nguyen Van Huy, Director, VietnamMuseum of Ethnology; Dr Dang Van Bai, Director General, Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage; and Mrs Nguyen Tuyet, Director of theVietnam National Museum of Women supported by the Vietnam Women's Union.

Application
The Field School is available to University of Queensland students as an elective, and to graduate students from other higher education institutions and professionals from the museum, heritage and other relevant sectors, who can take the course as a Professional Development program subject to prior approval from the Course Coordinator and meeting the entry requirements.Please note that places are strictly limited.The full program and travel itinerary will be sent to the participants on acceptance of enrolment.Please note that there are several study tours to Vietnam and other Asian countries run by various universities. The Vietnam Museum Studies Field School at the University of Queensland is an academic and professional program which requires a considerable amount of field based learning mentored through leading edge faculty supervision and engagement from Museum Directors and other specialists. This is NOT a study tour.Participants pay for their own return airfares to Hanoi, travel insurance,plus a discounted land package fee in addition to normal tuition fees.Professional development program participants incur a separate fee.
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This Field School is available through two study options(a) Professional Development Program through the Intensive (3-20 January2006) or(b) UQ graduate course for the full Summer Semester (27 November 2006 - 27January 2007) as ENGL3012 Research Topic A.

Application for the Professional Development Program:For details of application and enrolment procedures email: enquiries@emsah.uq.edu.au
Applications for the Professional Development Program will be accepted until Monday 4 December 2006 and should include:. Application Form. Current Curriculum Vitae. It should include details of graduate qualifications.. Supporting letter from a referee or employer.. Further documentation of educational qualifications may be required forthe admission to the Field School.
Deadline: 4 December 2006
Contact:Dr Kim Selling, Project Officer, Museum Studies
Phone: +61 7 3365 2590
http://www.uq.edu.au/emsah/index.html?page=37739&pid=22668

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