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The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine

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Chau Chak Wing Museum

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Camperdown, NSW 2006

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Join us for International Museum Day 2021

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To mark International Museum Day 2021, join us for a panel discussion of lecturers of the University of Sydney’s Museum and Heritage Studies program discussing the role of museums in the 21st century. The theme of ICOM’s 2021 International Museum Day is The future of museums: recover and reimagine and a panel of experts from the University of Sydney will discuss how museums may lead conversations in a post-pandemic world on some of the key issues of our times, international trends and challenges for museums and whether there are any positive outcome for museums and galleries as a result of Covid.

How can museums rethink their role in order to meet the challenges of the future?

Our panelists are:

Dr Anna Lawrenson: has a career that has spanned critical museology and applied practice having worked in academia and the arts sector. She has been a part of the University of Sydney’s Museum and Heritage Studies, programs since 2010. Her background is in art history, and she initially taught in this field at a number of Australian universities. Parallel to this she worked in the arts sector in management, curatorial, consultant and research positions. This dual focus has driven her research, which is informed by her experience of the practical issues that museums and galleries face while being underpinned by a strong theoretical foundation.

Dr Alex Burchmore: an art historian and arts writer, specialising in the study of Chinese and Southeast Asian art of the past and present, with a particular focus on ceramics, trade and exchange, and the interweaving of personal and material identities. His career in academia and the arts sector has encompassed a wide range of roles, including curatorial and provenance research at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; publication management for Art Monthly Australasia; and teaching and research. He has joined the University of Sydney’s Museum and Heritage Studies program this year coming from the Australian National University.

Dr Helena Robinson: a Museum Studies researcher and lecturer. She has taught extensively within the postgraduate Master of Museum and Heritage Studies programme at the University of Sydney. In 2019 she accepted a newly created role for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), teaching into the undergraduate Industry and Community Project Units (ICPU), which emphasise interdisciplinary complex problem-solving.

Dr James Flexner: a lecturer in historical archaeology and heritage at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in landscape archaeology and historical archaeology, with a geographic focus on Oceania. Recently, he is also exploring the use of early ethnographic collections in archaeological analysis. A significant component of his research is close collaboration with local communities, as well as broader public outreach efforts to make archaeology accessible to many audiences. His research efforts are focused primarily on fieldwork projects in Vanuatu.

The panel with be moderated by the Chau Chak Wing Museum’s Dr Craig Barker.

Image: Chau Chak Wing Museum, 2020.

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