New Encounters: Communities, Collections and Museums. March 2016, National Museum of Australia

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March 16, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

New Encounters: Communities, Collections and Museums

16 - 18 March 2016, Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

New Encounters is an international conference (March 16th to 18th, 2016) at the National Museum of Australia. It explores how Indigenous communities around the world are re-thinking their relationships with museums and colonial collections - questioning and confronting the legacies of colonialism in creative and unexpected ways. The conference brings together First Nations representatives, museum practitioners and academics from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Finland, Norway and Taiwan to discuss a range of critical issues, including how museums and communities are re-engaging with Indigenous colonial collections; the rights and responsibilities involved in the custodianship of these collections; repatriation of cultural heritage; and what future models of engagement might look like – locally, regionally and globally.

Conference partners include the Australian National University and the Australia Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

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For further information about bookings please contact Luke Cummins, Public Programs, National Museum of Australia <>