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Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions

Price

  • Micro-credential: $3960
  • Professional development (without assessment): $2600

This offering is available to enrollees as either a micro-credential OR as professional development (without assessment).

Waitlist

Grants

Grants are available to support First Nations participant without institutional support, and for organisations sending more than one participant. Contact cressida.fforde@anu.edu.au for details and to apply.

Description

Primarily taught by Indigenous experts, this micro-credential focuses on theoretical and practical issues relating to Indigenous collections and exhibitions. The micro-credential helps participants develop a critical understanding of the creation, function, histories, politics and contemporary meanings of objects; the representation of cultures in museum displays and other public venues; shifting relations between source communities and museums and issues of meaning, interpretation, and representation. The emphasis is on collections and exhibitions relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that are held or displayed in Australia or overseas, but specific attention is also given to other First Nations cultural heritage removed in colonial contexts, for example from New Zealand, Africa, and the Americas. Issues examined during the course include the history of collecting and exhibitions, community representation, ownership and intellectual property, repatriation, negotiation, preservation, and modes of display.

Topics

  • Indigenous Representation in Cultural Institutions – key issues, future directions
  • Agency and history
  • Powerful objects, emotion, and new directions
  • International Examples and change momentum
  • Agents of change – repatriation and other influences
  • Object case studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • interpret institutional, agency and government policies and frameworks pertaining to Indigenous collections and consultation with Indigenous and other communities;
  • conceptualise the main issues pertaining to the representation, preservation, ownership and intellectual property of traditional knowledge and cultural objects, including repatriation;
  • evaluate the representation of Indigenous individuals and communities in museums and other exhibition contexts;
  • conduct primary research into Indigenous collections including effective written and verbal communication; and
  • model best practice and engage in ethical and sensitive processes appropriate to the diversity of constituents and communities in cross-cultural museum contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Pre-reading and 5 key text summaries 300 words each (total 1500 words). Learning outcomes: 1,2,3 (20%)
Participants to undertake a research project developed from critical engagement with an item of Indigenous material culture within a museum context and/or exhibition, producing two items that must be submitted for assessment:

  • 10-minute oral presentation of research project identifying key points/issues, plus 5 minutes of discussion and feedback in class. Written copy/pdf from PowerPoint (approx 1,000 words + <10 images). Learning outcomes 1-5) (30%)
  • a community or museum report with section (exegesis) that critically reflects on key issues, drawing upon readings and learnings from the course (3000 words). Learning outcomes 1-5 (20%)

Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught at a graduate level. It is expected, but not required, that students will have already taken the micro-credential course: DATA34121 – Repatriation: principles, policy, practice

Micro-credential stack information

N/A

Details

Course Code:

Workload: 130 Hours

  • Contact: 36 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 94 hours

ANU unit value: 6 unit

AQF Level: 8000

Contact: Cressida Fforde, Cressida.Fforde@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification

Introduction to Repatriation: Principles, Policy and Practice

Price

  • Micro-credential: $3960
  • Professional development (without assessment): $2600

This offering is available to enrollees as either a micro-credential OR as professional development (without assessment).

Waitlist

Grants

Grants are available to support First Nations participant without institutional support, and for organisations sending more than one participant. Contact cressida.fforde@anu.edu.au for details and to apply.

Delivery and attendance pattern

This is delivered 100% online as a 5 day intensive micro-credential from 9am – 4.30pm each day. Materials will be available to read and watch before the course begins. At other times you are free to consult key readings and listen to pre-recorded presentations and other course materials. Materials will be available to read and watch before the course begins. At other times you are free to consult key readings and listen to pre-recorded presentations and other course materials.

For those taking the course as a micro-credential, your first assessment is due prior to the course commencing and requires you to engage with key readings and pre-recorded presentations before this date.

Description

The repatriation of Ancestral Remains is a highly significant Indigenous achievement and inter-cultural development of the past 40 years. Enrollees explore the practice, history, meaning and significance of repatriation for Indigenous peoples, museums and broader society. The micro-credential is designed for those interested and engaged in repatriation practice, research and policy-making, for example in community, museum, university and government sectors. It focuses on the skills for successful repatriation practice—how to locate and return Ancestral Remains; the history of how, when, why Ancestral Remains were taken and the Indigenous response; the connection of repatriation to Indigenous law, culture, ethics, Country and community development; institutional, agency and government policy regimes; repatriation and its international context.

Download the indicative schedule (pdf, 200kb)

Your course presenters are national and international repatriation experts from community organisations, museums and research institutions, many of whom are part of the Return Reconcile Renew research network

Topics

  • Skills for successful repatriation practice – how to locate and return Ancestral Remains
  • The history of how, when, why Ancestral Remains were taken and the Indigenous response
  • The connection of repatriation to Indigenous law, culture, ethics, Country and community development
  • Institutional, agency and government policy regimes
  • Repatriation and its international context

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop a holistic knowledge of repatriation and understanding of its inter-connectedness with Indigenous law, culture, ethics, country and community development.
  • Develop understanding of the history of the removal of Indigenous ancestral remains and the rise of the reburial movement.
  • Develop understanding of key issues of repatriation for museums and other collecting institutions.
  • Critically examine changes in museum ideology and the development of relevant policies and professional codes of ethics.
  • Develop critical and inter-disciplinary skills towards assessment, implementation and analysis of repatriation policies and practices.
  • Facilitate an understanding of appropriate consultation and working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Indicative assessment (for micro-credential option only)

Assignment 1: Pre-reading and 5 key text summaries. Word length: 300 words each. Total: 1500 words

Assignment 2: Two questions for the panel for each of three panel sessions of your choice. i.e. 6 questions in total. Word length: 30 words per question each accompanied by 220 words explaining some background context. i.e. 250 words per question for 6 questions, equalling 1500 words total OR daily journal of key learnings from the course (approximately 300 words per day)

Assignment 3: Research Essay. Word length: 3,000 words OR repatriation project – project topic to be decided in discussion with convenor. Project description and findings to be presented to a panel and other participants. Presentation of no more than 20 minutes duration. Panel and audience may ask questions.

Assumed Knowledge

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential is undertaken as a stand-alone offering.

Details

Course Code: DATA34

Workload: 130 hours
Contact hours: 35 hours
Individual study and assessment: 95 hours

ANU unit value: 6 units
Course Code Level: 8000
Contact: Professor Cressida Fforde or Dr Gareth Knapman

Cost
Micro-credential: $3960
Professional learning: $2600. Select “I would like to enrol as a Professional Development enrollee” on the booking page.
Indigenous community members:

  • Micro-credential fee: $600
  • Professional learning fee: $0

Please email clt@anu.edu.au to access the Indigenous community members discounts.
Professional learning organisational discounts: Please contact the team if you would like to enrol more than 1 staff member.

Please email clt@anu.edu.au for information about how to access pricing discounts.

This course is co-developed and delivered by repatriation researchers and practitioners involved in the Return, Reconcile, Renew research group, including at:

  • The Australian National University
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Tasmania
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
  • Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority
  • Gur a Baradharaw Kod
  • Torres Strait Sea and Land Council
  • The National Museum of Australia, and
  • The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.