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  • Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Field School

    Dates: 23 August – 5 September 2010
    Place: Lamphun, Thailand

    Organized by:
    Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Thailand

    In Cooperation with:
    Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) and UNESCO Bangkok

    The Field School Programme:
    The Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Field School focuses on the role of the museum in safeguarding, documenting and revitalizing intangible cultural heritage in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Led by experts in the fields of museology and anthropology, this course offers museum and heritage professionals the conceptual and practical tools for engaging with local communities to safeguard their intangible cultural heritage, such as oral history and narratives, craftsmanship, festivals, ritual, performance and other forms of traditional knowledge. The course emphasizes an anthropological approach for understanding and working with source communities.

    The programme combines theory and practice with a focus on:

    • The 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
    • Anthropological approaches and tools for researching and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
    • Linking the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage to core museum activities
    • Participatory museum management

    The Field School is an intensive, 2-week course offering a combination of lectures and a hands-on practicum. Under the guidance of leading experts, participants will work in cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams to apply their newly gained concepts and approaches to safeguarding intangible heritage via the museum. Participants will be expected to work in close collaboration with participating museums and their communities in Lamphun Province.

    Confirmed Key Resource Persons:

    Dr. Paritta Chalermpow Koanantakool, Director of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre in Bangkok, Thailand

    Professor Peter Davis, Professor of Museology, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University

    Dr. Christina Kreps, Associate Professor at Denver University, Director of Museum Studies and Director of the DU Museum of Anthropology

    Mr. Tim Curtis, Head of the Culture Unit, Unesco Bangkok

    Ms. Michelle Stefano, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University

    Ms. Chunbo Xie, Science and Education Department, Yunnan Nationalities Museum
    Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University

    Profile of Participants:

    The program is aimed at museum practitioners and heritage professionals in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam). Applicants are expected to have a good command of English.

    The Field School is open to up to 20 participants. Please note that while priority will be given to applicants from the Greater Mekong Sub-region in the selection process, interested applicants from other countries are welcome to apply.

    Registration forms are available at http://www.sac.or.th/fieldschool/ Completed forms should be sent via email to a.denes@sac.or.th, by fax +66 2880 9332, or by post to: Attn: Alexandra Denes, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, 20 Barommaratchachonnani Road, Taling-Chan, Bangkok, 10170, Thailand, by no later than 15 May 2010.

    Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses:
    Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Lamphun, Thailand. In order to cover living expenses during the Field School, participants should budget a minimum allowance of 14,000 Baht (400 USD) to cover the cost of food and accommodation. Participants will stay at a hotel in downtown Lamphun province. Single rooms are available for 650 Baht per night (19 USD).

    Registration Fee:
    In addition to travel, accommodation and living expenses, the fee for attending the Field School is 8,250 Baht (250 USD), which covers study materials, instruction, site visits, and local transport costs.

    A limited number of scholarships are available for accepted course participants to support travel and/or participation costs. As there are always more qualified applicants than funds, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as employers, funding agencies and governmental institutions.

    For further information:


    Dr. Alexandra Denes
    Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre
    20 Boromaratchachonnani Road, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
    Tel: +66 2880 9249 Ext 3203 Fax: +66 2880 9332
    Email: a.denes@sac.or.th


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