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Curtin Indigenous Research Network lecture

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Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley, WA

Event details

Join us to hear speakers from Germany’s leading Transcultural Studies Centre at Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. They are members of the Centre’s research project, ‘The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances’.

Date
Thursday 30 March 2017
Time
1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Venue
Building 500, Room 1101AB Curtin University Kent Street, Bentley
Cost
Free. Please register your attendance to Jo Martin via email ORD-AO-Research@curtin.edu.au. Early responses are appreciated for catering purposes.
image from the Kimberley region

Chair: John Curtin Distinguished Professor Anna Haebich, Curtin University

Respondent: Professor Erik Champion, UNESCO Professorial Chair in Cultural Heritage & Visualisation, Curtin University

Speakers

The panel speakers are from Germany’s leading Transcultural Studies Centre at Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. They are members of the Centre’s research project,The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances’. Their research opens up new possibilities for collaborations between Germany and Australia.

Dr Carsten Wergin (project leader, anthropologist, media and cultural studies)
The Ethics of Multispecies Entanglement: Towards a Transcultural Theory Beyond the Human

Dr Corinna Erckenbrecht (cultural anthropologist)
Old sources, new questions – Research into German Scientific and Missionary Work in Northwestern Australia (Beagle Bay) from an Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Perspective

Sarah Yu (heritage consultant, curator)
Window to the Soul:  Pearlshell, Pearling and Saltwater Country. Transcultural Perspectives of Pearling and its Heritage in Dampierland, Northwestern Australia

RSVP

Please register your attendance to Jo Martin via email ORD-AO-Research@curtin.edu.au.  Early responses are appreciated for catering purposes.

Further information

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Abstract

The papers pose new questions about the unique transcultural heritage of the North West region of WA. How might its preservation and sustainable development be conceived of differently, as historical, cultural and ecological projects that take indigenous knowledge seriously? What can records of early German collectors contribute to models of cultural heritage embracing cultural, social and ecological values and human and non-human agency? Dr Carsten Wergin asks the big question for our times: if the Anthropocene teaches us “how to die”, could Indigenous knowledge, transculturality and multispecies theory inspire new models for a common future? Dr Corinna Erckenbrecht discusses the heritage legacy of the controversial anthropologist and collector Hermann Klaatsch who visited the Kimberley in the early 1900s. Sarah Yu, the curator of Lustre: Pearling & Australia, reflects on her study of Kimberley pearling cultures and the writings of anthropologist Helmut Petri.