Culture in Crisis: Conference Day 1

Session 1: Defining the Problem: Heritage in Historical Perspective. (0:09)

Historical perspectives on processes of collection, acquisition and conservation of natural and cultural heritage; discussing the political past of museum objects.

Time [0:13] Gerard de Kamper, Taking Stock, the history of collecting collections at the University Pretoria

Time [13:48] Dr Paul Bayliss, A broad approach to heritage in South Africa

Time [34:50] Dr Bernadine Benson, Defining culture: Decolonising interpretation

Session 2: Assessing the Risk (50:01)

Global climate change, poaching, theft and looting, urbanisation and many more. Identifying threats, prioritising action and engaging diverse perspectives. How do we measure and prioritise that which we are trying to protect, and who, when considering the diversity of world perspectives, decides?

Time [50:05] Dr Susan O Keitumetse, World Heritage Conservation Ideology and African Conservation Practice: Understanding World Heritage Dichotomies

Time [1:08:32] Mr Davison Chiwara, Fail to Plan - Plan to Fail: A reflection on Old Bulawayo Theme Park fire disaster

Time [1:19:44] Dr Peter Coutros, Under Water and Under Fire: Climate Change and Preserving Cultural Heritage in West Africa

Session 3: Engagement and Action (1:33:40)

Engaging communities, promoting sustainable economic development and establishing mutual benefit for people, their culture, wildlife, and the environment we all live in. Exploring home-grown solutions for global preservation issues.

Time [1:33:45] Mr Fredrick Nsibambi, Enhancing the role of Community Museums in preserving diverse cultural and natural heritage: Experiences from Uganda

Time [1:54:50] Stefan Simon, Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly

Time [2:11:06] Kefilwe Rammutloa, Institutionalised isolation of cultures: A case study and reflection on heritage studies in South African universities

Session 4: Government and Citizen (2:25:01)

Top-down and bottom-up approaches to protecting our natural and cultural heritage, interrogating the tension between government efforts and community needs. The potential of Citizen Science in Africa, including the FAIR principles and their implementation.

Time [2:25:06] S. Vijay Kumar, Solving a theft from 1961 a case for stolen artworks register

Time [2:51:14] Ms Katie A Paul, Tracking 21st Century Traffickers: Facebook's Illicit Antiquities Problem

Culture in Crisis: conference day 2

Session 5: Balancing the needs of Mixed Heritage Sites (0:17)

What happens when heritages collide? How do we negotiate the various needs of human and wildlife and populations within the same environment?

Time [0:24] Peter M Umunay, Balancing Conservation and Natural Resource use in Ituri Landscape

Time [21:01] Prof Emily Mitchell, The World Wide Web a one health perspective on preserving natural and cultural heritage for sustainable development

Time [39:00] Donatius Kamamba, Ngorogoro Conservation Area, A Multiple Land use Area

Time [54:48] Round-table Discussion

Session 6: Working within the legacy of Historic Collecting and Conservation Practices (1:16:37)

How have the legacies of collecting and conservation affected our work today?  How are we striving to overcome these issues and redefine our approaches?

Time [1:16:41] Musa Sadock, The Dinosaur in Berlin Museum, Gazing the Presence of Africans at a Colonial Natural Heritage Asset

Time [1:35:14] Round-table Discussion

Time [2:04:48] Dr Christiane Quaisser, For Nature, Changing the focus of Natural History Museum

Time [2:23:59] Ms Isabelle McGinn, Tangible Heritage Conservation, risk or opportunity?

Session 7: Future Focus (2:29:23)

Opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning and innovation within natural and cultural preservation. How can we coordinate efforts and share best practices on a local, national and global level, across multiple preservation disciplines? How can themes around sustainability, advocacy and audience engagement be transferred from one area to another?

Time [2:39:29] Ms Sandra Smith, Preservation of 20th and 21st century heritage and maintaining audience engagement

Time [2:54:35] Round-table Discussion

Session 8: Concluding Panel (3:11:24)


Reflecting on the papers of the conference, to address common problems of natural and cultural heritage preservation and discuss possible joint actions to tackle those problems. To get a clearer view of both the challenges and opportunities of thinking about natural and cultural preservation as two sides of the same coin.