Applications close 5 April 2017
The Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan, is organizing the 12th International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Japan, from 28 August to 16 September, under the UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, in cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP and ICOM and supported by the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH).
Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Call For Applications: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2017
Borobudur is Indonesia’s most famous ancient temple site and also a Unesco World Heritage site. This story tells an inside history of how local communities have lobbied to protect the site from outside commercial interests.
Borobudur. Source: Inside Indonesia Jul-Sep 2016
The hidden story of Borobudur
Inside Indonesia, Jul-Sep 2016
The local resistance movement, whose lobbying against the mall was eventually successful, used not only conventional demonstrations, such as rallies, but also protests in the form of rituals and art performances. This was to show the government that it was time to stop exploiting Borobudur for commercial purposes and instead nurture the Borobudur that had provided local residents with meaning and livelihoods. Rituals and art performances are an act of giving. Unlike the economically motivated protests in which people demanded their share of the profits gained from treating the temple as a commodity, these cultural protestors voluntarily gave their money, energy and time to maintain the spiritual and social importance of Borobudur. In the controversial arena of cultural heritage management, local groups with strong support are making a robust case: it is time to give the spiritual and ethical basis of Borobudur the respect and attention it deserves.
Full story here.
A new study published in the British Journal of Criminology reveals the inner workings of a statue trafficking network in Cambodia and Thailand and sheds light on how the particular form of organised crime works.
Evidence of looting in Angkor. Source: The Cambodia Daily 20140618
Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network
Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis
British Journal of Criminology 2014, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu038
New Evidence Ties Illegal Antiquities Trade to Terrorism, Violent Crime
National Geographic News, 13 June 2014
Study Details Sophisticated Temple-Looting Ring
Cambodia Daily, 18 June 2014
Job opportunity from the Nanyang Technological University
ADM is currently developing a teaching and research focus in Visualisation of Cultural Heritage. As such, applicants from across this expanding field are encouraged to apply, whether from established disciplines such as history, archaeology, and art history, or emerging fields of study, such as spatial history, media arts & sciences, heritage science and cultural geography. In particular, expertise in one or more of the following areas is/are sought:
1) Art / Architectural History
2) Virtual Heritage
3) Digital Visualisation and Representation Technologies
4) Virtual Archaeology and Digital Humanities
5) Image Processing, Dynamic Monitoring and Structural Analysis of Monuments
Hindus around the world celebrate the Festival of Lights, or Diwali, over the past weekend, and so we have a couple of Hindu-Indian themed posts in this week’s edition of Rojak.
photo credit: magiceye