Peter Stone recently gave a keynote address at a preliminary International Expert Meeting in Tokyo on ‘Cultural heritage and disaster resilient communities’. This was part of the preparation for the UN’s ‘3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction’ that Peter also attended as a member of the ICCROM Delegation in Sendai, Japan. Peter’s keynote was on ‘The Blue Shield as an important mechanism for creating and maintaining networks of heritage professionals for Disaster Risk Reduction.
For the full conference: http://www.wcdrr.org/conference
For the expert meeting: https://www.nich-wcdrr2015.com/index_e.html
On the 13th February, Emma Coffield chaired DOUBLE DARE: DAY – a sold out event discussing the ethos and practices of DIY culture with artists and musicians Graeme Durant, Andy Abbott and James Islip, at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The event was then followed by DOUBLE DARE: NIGHT – an evening of live performance in and around Graeme Durant’s exhibition.
You can now listen to a recording of the event, and watch the video for DOUBLE DARE: NIGHT, here: http://balticplus.uk/?search=double+dare
Please join us for another in our series of research seminars:
The Visual Heritage of the Losing Side: Orphaned Souvenirs of the First World War
Speaker: Prof Mike Robinson, University of Birmingham
Wednesday 11 March
1 – 2pm
Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace
Within the context of revived public interest in the First World War as part of the on-going centennial of the event there is much co-remembrance being performed in the collective realm. The memorials and cemeteries of the dead provide the material prompts and emotional signposts for commemoration. In addition there are countless personal objects – medals, letters etc. – that now help construct the narratives of the Great War Event. Drawing from a collection of vernacular photographs, this presentation examines images and objects from German soldiers and problematises them as dis-connected heritage of the First World War; objects with historical meaning but that exist outside of collective memory or at least a different conception of collective memory.
Short Biography – Professor Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson is Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham UK. He is also Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and Trustee of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and World Heritage Site. For the past 25 years Mike’s work has spanned the broad fields of heritage and tourism and he has published numerous books, articles and chapters on the various ways in which the realms of heritage and tourism collide. Recent books include Tourism and Emotion with David Picard (Ashgate), Encounters with Popular Pasts with Helaine Silverman (Springer) and World Heritage, Tourism and Identity (Ashgate). Mike has worked with UNESCO at national and international level relating to the agendas of World Heritage, tourism and sustainable development and cultural diversity. He is a former member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and regularly advises on policy issues. He was a Government appointed member of the UK’s Expert Panel to determine the UK’s Tentative List for World Heritage and part of the UNESCO Expert Panel to assist with the development of a Programme in World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism. He is a former Visiting Professor at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy and is Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois. Mike has undertaken work on heritage and tourism in over 30 countries.