AMaGA2019 Alice Springs / Mparntwe

The 2019 National Conference was half from 13-17 May in Alice Springs / Mparntwe. 

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Please find here the recorded keynote sessions from the AMaGA2019 Alice Springs / Mparntwe conference. 


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Mparntwe / Alice Springs: What it means to be here, telling our stories, Facilitator: Benjamin Erin. Panellists: Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM,  Dr Fiona Walsh, Clare Fisher, Daniel Featherstone

Centering complexity: Re-engaging with the past, empowering the present, Mandy Paul
In the context of the increasing simplification of public discourse into binary positions and propositions, this paper will take a gallery redevelopment at the Migration Museum as a case study to argue that one way museums can disrupt this shift is to engage with the complexity of the past.

Tjungunutja: From having come together, Luke Scholes, Bobby West Tjupurrula and Matthew Pinta

Museums, Galleries and the Identity Question Panel, Janet Carding, Alec Coles and Neil MacGregor, facilitated by Simon Elliott

The Museum Program and the Survival of the Future, Keir Winesmith
Given incredible potential of emerging technologies why are so many digital projects produced by museums and galleries underwhelming? What can we learn from these failed initiatives, and what commonalities can be found in those that are successful? Building on more than 15 years experience working at the intersection of digital and culture, Professor Keir Winesmith will share some successes and failures in an effort to illuminate the fitire, by reflecting on the recent past.

Old Ways, New Digitisation and the Strehlow Collection, Shaun Angeles
Shaun speaks about the issues we face with working with a digital collection that is highly sensitive and the pros and cons around managin this material. He also discusses the ways in which the digital assets of the collection are being utilised to transmit important ancestral knowledge to the youner generation of Indigenous men in Central Australia.

Aboriginal photographic archives in museums and galleries: Engaging heritage and culture, Jane Lydon & Donna Oxenham
The colonial photographic archive was until the 1990s forgotten or repudiated by Australian Aboriginal people who saw it as evidence for their dispossessions and oppression. A radical shift since that time has seen new ideas about the archive emerge. Photography is not considered an important cultural heritage resource, used to re-connect families fragmented by assimilation, and to demonstrate the truth of Aboriginal histories. In this talk we examine the relationship between museums and galleries who hold these collections, and the Aboriginal families and communities who are increasingly engaging with them for a range of purposes. We explore the uses of photography to assert Aboriginal rights in a society still riven by debates about identity, inequality and Indigenous wellbeing. What are the implications for museum and galleries?

Learning to listen: Lessons in cultural renewal at the South Australian Museum, John Carty, Jacinta Koolmatrie & Jade Turner
The South Australian Museum cares for of of the world's truly great collection, an extraordinary and comprehensive archive of Aboriginal art, enginerring, technology, religion and politics. With that custodianship comes an increasingly dialogical responsibility. The museum has undergone momentous change over the past three years to better equip ourselves for that challenge. We have overhauled curatorial and collecting practive, and invested heavily in a new generation of Aboriginal musum professionals. This work has been pivotal in cultural change at the SA Museum, but also foundational in our planning for a different future, a difference kind of museum. So whilst this work is far from complete, after three years of transformation it is also time to take stock. What are the structural limits of such change? How far can colonial institutions be unwound to honour the primacy of Aboriginal values and voices? What shape would a museum based on Aboriginal values and voices take? In this presentation, we reflect on the ongoing structural and cultural challenges, particularly around questions of gender, for Indigenous staff working in a museum. We also examine the position and repositioning of non-Indigenous staff in this space.