The International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL) is a global action-think tank established within Anant. ICICL works towards inclusivity, inspirational leadership, and all forms of sustainable heritage development which are grounded in SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, and HABITAT III. ICICL works across Anant as a network. It brings together the community, professional and community capital of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum.
Organising Webinars, Podcasts, Lectures and Symposia titled Heritage Matters, and International Summer and Winter Field Schools.
The UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development is the first on Museums in the Asia Pacific region. It is second worldwide after Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Serving as a think tank and bridge-builder between academia, civil society, local communities, research, and policy-making this Chair will promote and support the development of museum policies in the region. Designed to promote excellence and innovation, the Chair will establish new modes and modalities of locating culture in sustainable development. Anant through this facility will provide critical direction to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a focus on the built environment and inclusive design. Moreover, it will establish a nexus of collaborations that will benefit institutions across the Asia Pacific region.
Professor Amareswar Galla is the designated Chair holder as Professor and Director of the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership at Anant.
ICICL Anant is a Member of the Network. It is a worldwide system of cooperation between universities in the fields of culture, tourism and development. It promotes the concepts, principles and objectives of UNESCO incorporated in its documents of reference (Conventions of 1972, 2003 and 2005 especially, the Convention of Faro 27th October 2005, and closing texts in International Conferences – Stockholm, 1998, Johannesburg, 2001). The Network strives towards a better understanding of nature and the complex ties between tourism, culture and a sustainable development of territories; encouraging a responsible and ethical vision of tourism as a means of sustainable development of territories and enhancing cultural diversity; helping to develop strategies and projects which are environmentally sustainable, socially fair, sensible from a business point of view and with a cultural value; and getting expertise closer to the policy decision-makers to benefit populations, especially those in poverty.
The Network is constantly sharing educational experiences, continuing education and applied research to improve them, also through the use of information technologies. It provides educational modules and tools: data collecting, analyzing and processing through preparation, project management and assessment and online education. It promotes local cooperation through academic mobility, the partnership between cities, supporting training programs and exchanges, especially in the Southern countries. It sets up projects with multiple partnerships. The Network is internationally recognized and acknowledged by a brand of excellence.
The International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM) promotes cultural democracy in the digital domain. It is a global network of researchers, practitioners and institutes committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through innovative approaches to culture in development. A distributed network of domains with hubs all over the world, this platform enhances constructive engagement with several knowledge communities and promotes a state of the art online research, learning and teaching systems through strategic collaboration with the Common Ground Research Networks.
iiiM fosters discursive crossings between the Global South and North. The iiiM started as the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development, part of the Action Plan of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001). It has since evolved as a critical frame for addressing the SDGs / Agenda 2030; and the New Urban Agenda Habitat III 2016. The iiiM promotes academic excellence, communities of practice and professionalization of heritage sectors including benchmarking against the UNESCO Hard Law and Soft Law standard setting instruments.
Founded in 2015, the Tourism & Leisure Studies Research Network is brought together to explore the economic, cultural and organisational aspects of tourism and leisure. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.
Founded in 2008, The Inclusive Museum Research Network is brought together by a shared concern for the future role of the museum and how it can become more inclusive. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.
Founded in 2005, the On Sustainability Research Network is brought together by a common concern for sustainability from a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social interests intersect. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.
Founded in 2000, the Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Research Network is brought together by a shared interest in human differences and diversity, and their varied manifestations in organisations, communities, and nations. We aim to traverse a broad terrain, sometimes technically and other times socially oriented, sometimes theoretical and other times practical in their perspective, and sometimes reflecting dispassionate analysis while at other times suggesting interested strategies for action. Our aim is to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.
UNESCO Chair offers two flagship modules entitled Safeguarding Intangible Heritage and Sustainable Heritage Development through the Anant Fellowship programme. These modules introduce the Fellows to new perspectives on UNESCO standard-setting instruments. They are interdisciplinary and delivered with capacity building/professional development approaches, given the diverse disciplinary backgrounds of the Fellows.