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Smithsonian scholars to talk museums in Taiwan

Smithsonian scholars to talk museums in Taiwan
Date:
2017-04-26

Smithsonian scholars Jared M. Koller and Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth will be visiting Taiwan from April 30 through May 7 to discuss how museums can enhance links with local communities.

Koller is an honorary researcher of the Asian Cultural History Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archaeology Department, a digital research fellow at Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computation Science, and a website developer for the Cultural Heritage Initiative of the American Oriental Society.

Waugh-Quasebarth is an honorary researcher of the Asian Cultural History Program of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. His areas of interest include anthropology of crafts, material culture, global mountain regions, and anthropology of work.

The Ministry of Culture and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) have made arrangements for the two scholars to lecture at the National Taiwan University’s Department of Anthropology and the National Taitung University’s Department of Public and Cultural Affairs, and to call upon a number of Taiwanese museums, including Tamsui Historic Museum and National Palace Museum.

Koller and Waugh-Quasebarth will also visit Majia (瑪家部落), Tjuvecekadan (老七佳部落), and several other indigenous settlements, and travel to key archeological sites Huilai (惠來遺址), Bashian Caves (八仙洞遺址), and Beinan (卑南遺址).

They will also hold two forums titled “Community Engagement and Participatory Methods in Museums” – May 2 in Taipei’s National Taiwan Museum (3.20-4.40pm) and May 5 in Taitung’s National Museum of Prehistory (3-5pm).

The forums will discuss how museums can enhance links with local communities and the application of digital skills in museum work, including the employment of 3D technology in collecting and promoting cultural artifacts.  

"Taiwan is an island full of historical influences, cultural diversity, and heritage treasures," noted AIT American Center Director Alys Spensley.

"We hope that Mr. Koller and Mr Waugh-Quasebarth’s visit to Taiwan, with their expertise in anthropology and archaeology, and the experience of one of America’s premier cultural institutions - the Smithsonian - will introduce innovative trends, spark inspiring conversation and partnership between U.S. and Taiwan museums, and provide information on how community engagement can be enhanced in museums. AIT is delighted to partner with Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture for this unique exchange."

 

Taipei City

  • Date: May 2 at 3.20 – 4.40pm
  • Venue: National Taiwan Museum - Land Bank Exhibition Hall 3F
  • Participants: 90 people maximum. This event is open to scholars, students, researchers and museum professionals of associated disciplines and people who are interested in the topic. Press must register in advance to attend.
  • Interpretation: Consecutive Interpretation will be provided.
  • Application: Free admission. Advance registration online is required.

 

Taitung City

  • Date: May 5 at 3 – 5pm
  • Venue: National Museum of Prehistory, 2058 Room
  • Participants: 50 people maximum. This event is open to scholars, students, researchers and museum professionals of associated disciplines and people who are interested in the topic. Press must register in advance to attend.
  • Interpretation: Consecutive Interpretation will be provided.
  • Application: Free admission. No registration is required for the general public to attend.

 

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