When: 7 December 2012, 1.30pm-5.30pm
Where: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 2, South Brisbane
Cost: $35; $30 (MAQ|RGAQ members, volunteers, students, concessions); $20 (group of 6 or more students or volunteers)
 
M&GSQ is pleased to announce Professor Susanne Küchler as the international keynote speaker for our annual seminar with University of Queensland Art Museum and UQ Museum Studies Program. Susanne is Professor of Art and Anthropology, University College London and is a respected authority on the subject of Pacific and Oceania art and anthropology.
 
Her visit to Australia is co-hosted by Museum and Gallery Services Qld and the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
 
Susanne Küchler has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and Eastern Polynesia over the past 25 years, studying creativity, innovation and futurity in political economies of knowledge from a comparative perspective. Her more recent work on the history of the take-up, in the Pacific, of cloth and clothing as ‘new’ material has focused on social memory and material translation, and on the epistemic nature of materials and its role in long-term social change. Over the past 5 years she has extended the comparative remit of this research to science based materials innovation, commodification and consumption. Working from within material culture studies, her work is ethnographic in orientation and is influenced by a close reading of German and French writing on epistemology and the culture of things.
 
Other speakers include:
 
Leo Tanoi, Creative Producer, Pacific Programs, Casula Powerhouse
The Creative Producer, Pacific Programs role is to develop meaningful and sustainable Pacific programs in concert with local communities. The position also coordinates innovative Pacific projects with leading artists to deliver internationally recognised programs and also develops and maintains key partnerships with community, industry and sport organisations. Pacific projects include BODY PACIFICA 2010, Niu Warrior 2011 and Pacifica Power 2012.
 
Dr Graeme Were, University of Queensland Museum Studies Program 
Graeme Were has a PhD in Anthropology and is Convenor of the Museum Studies postgraduate program at the University of Queensland and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History. His work includes the monograph Lines that Connect: Rethinking Pattern and Mind in the Pacific (University of Hawaii Press, 2010) and the co-edited volume Extreme Collecting (Berghahn Books, 2012). He was recently awarded the University of Queensland’s Foundation Research Excellence Award (2012) for his work on digital technologies and participatory design in Melanesia.
 
Dr Andrew Moutu, Director, PNG National Museum & Art Gallery 
Andrew Moutu is the newly-appointed Director for the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby. In August 2012, he was officially announced the new Director by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Boka Kondra, who stated that the appointment heralds a new chapter for this once glorious but recently much troubled institution.
 
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