AMI October Seminar

Australia Myanmar Institute Monthly Seminar
Heritage – Bagan and Yangon
Monday 31st October 2016
5:30 for 6 pm
Refreshments 7 – 7:30 pm

Building 80, Level 10, Room 17, RMIT University,
Between La Trobe and Franklin Streets, Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3001

Directions: Any tram up Swanston Street to Stop no.7 RMIT University

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Two speakers:

Dr Jackie Watts, Councillor, City of Melbourne. Dr Watts is the Chair of the Knowledge City Portfolio, Melbourne City Council. She has a Doctorate in Education from RMIT. Her presentation at this seminar will examine the heritage considerations which have motivated a Melbourne based group to seek to restore the clock tower and bell in the High Court building in central Yangon, both for its heritage value and its place in the history of the rule of law in Myanmar. Her work in Yangon is being pursued in partnership with the Yangon Heritage Trust and has the co-sponsorship of AMI and the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies.
Ms Anne Laura Kraak, PhD candidate at Deakin University. Ms Kraak specialises in the links between human rights and cultural heritage. Her current PhD research examines the extent to which engagement with human rights can help reconcile the often diverging agendas of heritage conservation, development and popular religious practice in the context of Bagan’s World Heritage nomination. Anne will deliver a brief commentary at this AMI seminar on the impact on Bagan of the earthquake which struck the city on 24 August 2016. Ms Kraak delivered a paper at AMI’s major conference in July 2015 in Yangon, on “Rights, Ruins and Rituals in Bagan”.
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