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Conference program

New Encounters: Communities, collections and museums conference

Conference program

16–18 March 2016

Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

Conference interlocutor: Dr Dawn Casey, former Director of the National Museum of Australia, Western Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum

Day 1: Wednesday 16 March 2016

Session 1

9.00–10.30

Introduction by Margo Neale, Indigenous Advisor to the NMA Director, and senior Indigenous curator

Welcome to Country

Welcome by conference interlocutor, Dr Dawn Casey

Keynote presentations

Dr Mat Trinca
Director, National Museum of Australia

Dr Richard West Jr
CEO and President Autry Museum of the American West; Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

10.30–11.00 Morning Tea

Session 2

11.00–12.40

Early encounters: engaging strangers

Prof Marshall Sahlins
Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Chicago, USA

Dr Shayne T Williams
Language and culture consultant, NSW AECG Inc

Dr Jude Philp
Senior Curator, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

Dr Tiffany Shellam
Senior Lecturer, History, Deakin University

12.40–13.30

Lunch

Session 3

13:30–15.00

Legacies of colonial exchange 1

Prof Paora Tapsell
Chair of Māori Studies in the Department of Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Otago University, New Zealand

Prof Jane Lydon
Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, University of Western Australia

In conversation: 
Gregory P Lehman
Senior Lecturer, ‎Institute for Koorie Education, Deakin University
and
Patsy Cameron
Artist, writer, Aboriginal Elder and Inaugural member for Tasmania on the National Aboriginal Education Committee

15.00–15.30 Afternoon tea

Session 4


15:30–17:00

Enduring encounters: Exhibiting collections from the British Museum

Dr Lissant Bolton
Keeper, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum

Dr Ian Coates
Head, Collections Development, National Museum of Australia

In conversation:
Harley Coyne
Senior Heritage Officer, Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia
and
Dr John Carty
Head of Anthropology, South Australian Museum

17:00–18:00 New Encounters networking drinks

Public panel


18:00–19:30

New Encounters: Public panel discussion

Hosted by ABC RN’s Saturday Extra presenter Geraldine Doogue. The panel includes:

Dr Richard West Jr
CEO, Autry Museum of the American West; Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Assoc Prof David Garneau
Fine Arts, University of Regina, Saskatchewan

Dr Dawn Casey
Former director, National Museum of Australia, Western Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum

Professor Paul Tapsell
Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Otago University, New Zealand

Dr Richard Luarkie
Former Governor, Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico, USA, Board Member Smithsonian National Museum of the Native American, Washington DC, USA

Day 2: Thursday 17 March 2016

Session 1

9.00–10.30

Keynote presentations

June Oscar AO
CEO, Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre

Dr Jennifer Kramer
Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada

10.30–11.00 Morning Tea

Session 2

11.00–12.40

Cultural property, access and repatriation 1

Dr Richard Luarkie
Former Governor, Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico, USA, Board Member Smithsonian National Museum of the Native American, Washington DC, USA

Dr Sandy O'Sullivan
Director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory

Anne May Olli
Director, Riddo  Duottar Museat, Norway

12.40–13.30

Lunch

Session 3

13:30–15.00

Cultural property, access and repatriation 2

Dr Mille Gabriel
Senior Researcher and Curator, National Museum of Denmark 

Dr Gaye Sculthorpe
Section Head, Oceania, Department of Africa, Oceania and the  Americas, British Museum, UK 

Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie
Office of Indigenous Engagement, Central Queensland University, Cairns

Eeva-Kristiina Harlin
Doctoral Researcher, University of Oulu, Finland 

15.00–15.30 Afternoon tea

Session 4


15:30–17:00

Legacies of colonial exchange 2

Dr Conal McCarthy
Associate Professor, Director of Museum & Heritage Studies, Victoria, University of Wellington, New Zealand

In conversation:
Prof Rosita Henry
Head of Social Sciences, James Cook University
and
Trish Barnard
Independent curator and writer, Honorary Research Adviser, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies, University of Queensland

Prof Howard Morphy
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Australian National University

Day 3: Friday 18 March 2016

Session 1

9.00–10.30

Keynote presentations

Jim Enote
Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum, New Mexico

Assoc Prof David Garneau
Fine Arts, University of Regina, Saskatchewan

10.30–11.00 Morning Tea

Session 2

11.00–12.45

Unsettling Collections, Connecting communities: Artists and curators in conversation with Djon Mundine OAM

Puawai Cairns
Curator Māori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Abe Muriata
Artist, Girrungin Arts Centre, Cardwell

Wukun Wanambi
Artist, Associate Professor, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

Jonathan Jones
Artist and curator

Dr Julie Gough
Artist and curator 

12.45–13.30

Lunch

Session 3

13:30–15:00

New models of engagement

Dr Gabrielle Tayac
Smithsonian National Museum of the Native American, Washington D.C, USA

Margo Neale
Indigenous Advisor to the Director and Senior Indigenous Curator, National Museum of Australia

Rodney Carter and Prof Eleanor Bourke
Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council  

15.00–15.30 Afternoon tea

Session 4

15:30–17:00

Circling the future – Conference wrap-up

Speakers include:

Dr Dawn Casey
Former director, National Museum of Australia, Western Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum

Anne May Olli
Director, Riddo Duottar Museat, Norway

Russell Taylor AM
Principal, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Dr Richard Luarkie
Former Governor, Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico, USA, Board Member Smithsonian National Museum of the Native American, Washington DC, USA

Closing remarks

Dr Mat Trinca
Director, National Museum of Australia

Opera performance: Singing to the cloak

Tiriki Onus, performance artist, Inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Research Fellow and Lecturer Arts and Culture, Wilin Centre, University of Melbourne

Please note that the conference program may be subject to change.

The National Museum’s Indigenous Reference Group members are pleased to support the New Encounters conference:

  • Mr Peter Yu (Council Member and Group Chair)
  • Mr Adrian Brown
  • Mr Jason Eades
  • Henrietta Fourmile Marrie (Gimuy Walubara Yidinji)
  • Mr Russell Taylor
  • Mr Vic McGrath
  • Ms Irene Stainton