UNESCO Bangkok announces Memory of the World (MoW) Online Workshop

UNESCO Bangkok announces Memory of the World (MoW) Online Workshop

Expert tips and practical advice offered in how to prepare UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) nominations for Asia and the Pacific

Many libraries, archives and memory institutions in the Asia-Pacific region face formidable challenges, namely vulnerability to human and natural disasters, challenging climatic conditions, as well as funding and public engagement hurdles. The Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) aims to assist all such stakeholders with the preservation of, and the provision of universal access to documentary heritage of the Asia-Pacific region, and to increase awareness of the existence and significance of such heritage.

One of the ways in which MOWCAP supports the sustainability of documentary heritage in the region is through the MOWCAP Regional Register, a UNESCO stamp of recognition that increases visibility of, and accessibility to the officially inscribed items.

In anticipation of the 2022 call for nominations to the MOWCAP Regional Register, MOWCAP and UNESCO Bangkok are jointly organizing an online workshop to assist participants in identifying and preparing their respective applications for nominations of eligible items to the MOWCAP Regional Register.

The workshop will additionally highlight applying the gender equality lens to the Memory of the World Programme, as well as to collections related to Indigenous peoples in connection with the recent launch of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032.

Workshop facilitators Helen Jarvis, Chairperson of the Memory of the World Regional Register Sub-Committee, and Roslyn Russell, a historian and museum consultant and Chair of the Australian Memory of the World Committee, will be conducting one-on-one reviews of participants’ nomination dossiers, lending expertise in documentary heritage to enhance potential nominations to the MOWCAP Regional Register.

The event will be held online via Zoom on 7 April 2022 at 10:30-16:30 Bangkok time (GMT+7).

Registration: https://unesco.org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrduirpj0tGteki7dHJhnt0Zp4HWynqqUy 

Deadline for registration: 30 March 2022

Participant Preparatory Assignments:

  • Prior to the workshop, participants are expected to send an expression of interest (250 words) to mowcapinfo@gmail.com.
  • For the consultation activity, participants should prepare a draft nomination dossier in the form of a presentation file (PDF preferred, or PPT).

Facilitators

Helen Jarvis, Ph.D.

Helen Jarvis, Ph.D.Helen Jarvis is current Chairperson of the Memory of the World Regional Register Sub-Committee (Cambodia) and served as a member of the Programme’s International Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2018. She completed her doctoral degree in Political Science and Indonesian Language and Literature at the Australian National University, earning her PhD from the University of Sydney.

She helped to spearhead the designation of the archives of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Cambodia) onto the Memory of the World International Register and served as Chief of Public Affairs and Victims Support Sections at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which brought to trial senior former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

In her decades of scholarship, Jarvis has contributed significantly to research and publications related to Cambodia’s modern history and genocide more broadly.

Roslyn Russell, Ph.D.

Roslyn Russell, Ph.D.Roslyn Russell is a historian and museum consultant based in Canberra, Australia. She has been involved with the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme since 1994 as part of the team that developed the first version of the General Guidelines for Safeguarding Documentary Heritage (UNESCO, Paris, 1995). She was a foundation member of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee in 2000 and has been its Chair since 2013.

She was a member of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme from 2005 to 2013, Chair of the Register Sub-Committee from 2005 to 2009, and Chair of the International Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013. She remains a member of the Register Sub-Committee (RSC) and of the Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR).

Russell has participated since 2007 as an expert in many workshops in Asia and the Pacific, and in the Caribbean, to help nominators to develop effective nominations to the UNESCO Memory of the World registers.

Tentative Programme

10:30-10:45

Opening Remarks

Shigeru Aoyagi
Director
UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
(UNESCO Bangkok)

10:45-11:15

Overview of the Memory of the World Programme

MOWCAP Guidelines for the Regional Register

Helen Jarvis
Chair
Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register Sub-Committee

11:15-11:45

Tips and Practical Advice on Preparing Memory of the World Nomination Dossiers, with Examples of Indigenous Peoples-related Collections from Australia

Roslyn Russell
Chair
Australia Memory of the World Committee

11:45-12:00

Rationale, Results and Recommendations from the Memory of the World Gender Equality Baseline Study

Collecting gender-related documentary heritage  for ‘Women in History – Telling HERstory through the Memory of World’

Ruohan Zhang

Communication and Information Unit

UNESCO Bangkok

12:15-12:30

Break

Video: ‘Women in History – Telling HERstory through the Memory of World’

12:30-13:30

Participant Introductions

Participant Presentations of Documentary Heritage Nomination Proposals (5 min each)

13:30-16:30

Individual Nomination Dossier Reviews with Helen Jarvis

Individual Nomination Dossier Reviews with Roslyn Russell


Resources: (See attached files below)

  • Presentation file: Tips and Practical Advice on Preparing Memory of the World Nomination Dossiers with examples of Indigenous Peoples related collections from Australia by Dr Roslyn Russell
  • UNESCO Memory of the World Gender Equality Study in Asia and the Pacific by Ruohan Zhang, Communication and Information Unit, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Useful Tips and FAQ: Memory of the World Programme in Asia and the Pacific extracted from Dr Roslyn Russell's presentation

Contact

Linh Anh Moreau, Consultant, Information and Communication Unit, UNESCO Bangkok:
m.linh-anh(at)unesco.org

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