Repatriation: How Indigenous desire for repatriation has helped museums
University of Western Australia, Law Lecture Theatre, Room 106
Mon, 9 Mar 2009 17:00
After 30 years of repatriation at the Australian Museum: what is the state of play in this area? How has it changed us? And what does the future hold? Who have been the winners and who, if any have been the losers? Repatriation is a complex and sometimes-bitter process, but one that has many outcomes, the vast majority of which are beneficial, not only for aboriginal people but for the museums themselves. During the presentation, I will discuss the process of repatriation and its history at the Australian Museum, as well as the unforeseen outcomes of this long-term relationship building exercise, between museums and indigenous people in Australia and the rest of the world.
Phil Gordon is the Aboriginal Heritage project officer at the Australian Museum, Sydney. He advises Aboriginal communities on issues such as Aboriginal Museum outreach and repatriation of Aboriginal human remains and other significant cultural property as well as providing advice for various government agencies, on cultural heritage issues and policy development.
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.