International Field School in Museums & Sustainable Heritage Development
Vietnam, 6 - 21 December 2008
The International Field School in Museums and Sustainable HeritageDevelopment offered by the Museum Studies Program at UQ aims to providefirst-hand experience to graduate students and Professional DevelopmentProgram participants in locating culture in sustainable development in arapidly globalising world. Museums and heritage places kinds are consideredin the context of sustainable economic, environmental and socialdevelopment, with a focus on documented case studies andreal-life examples in Vietnam. Participants will consider how museums, cultural institutions,and heritage tourism can play a role in the revitalization of local cultureand economy, and how international conventions for heritage protection,governance structures, and local area planning intersect within holistic heritage management frameworks. The course provides a critical introductionto cultural mapping, gender and youth issues in community engagement,poverty alleviation and Millennium Development Goals. It also examines thechallenges posed by the conflicts between conservation and development,particularly in World Heritage Areas.
This Field School provides practical field experience not only to graduatestudents and researchers in museum, heritage and environmental studies,practicing museum and heritage professionals, but will also be of interestto those involved in archaeology, anthropology, planning, postcolonialstudies, sustainable development and cultural heritage law. It is alsooffered as an Advanced Study Option for researchers. Past participantsinclude Doctoral candidates and Post Doctoral Fellows from majoruniversities in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, China, Korea, Vietnam and Europe
The International Field School is offered in partnership with the local,provincial and national cultural institutions and their respective Vietnamese authorities.
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.