Inclusion – Rhetoric and Reality for Museums: Rethinking Participatory Democracy in Europe.

The end of state sponsored multiculturalism’ rhetoric of European Heads of Government could be addressed with the acknowledgement that it is the ‘end of Europe’ as a hegemonic cluster of interests informed by colonial paradigms. The challenges for European museums and cultural agencies are to address Intercultural Dialogue beyond cultural borders; Intergenerational Dialogue beyond intangible heritage; and Interfaith Dialogue beyond the concerns of terrorism and insecurity. What is the role of museums as civic spaces in contemporary community engagement? Past the binary opposition of the ‘self & the other’ Europe is a microcosm or an inclusive space without borders in the complexity of a globalised world. This presentation will draw on the ‘Freedom of Religion and Belief – Culture, Heritage & the Arts’ research of the presenter available on:

Amareswar Galla, Australia

Executive Director, Internacional Institute for the Inclusive Museum

Professor of World Heritage & Sustainable Development

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An alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Amar, is the Producer of the flagship project publication to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention in 2012. A former Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane; prior to that Professor and Director of Sustainable Heritage Development Programs, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The ANU, Canberra; he is the Guest Curator of International Projects, Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage. Amar was the International Technical Adviser between 1994-99 for the transformation of Arts Councils, National Museums and the National Parks Board (now SAN Parks) in post- apartheid South Africa. He was an expert adviser to the UN World Commission for Culture and Development. His work listed as best practice in the 2009 World Culture Report by UNESCO includes the establishment of World Heritage Areas as culture in poverty alleviation projects – Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India.


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