To continue the conversation around heritage amidst the lockdown Anant National University’s cadre of prolific academicians and professionals have engaged themselves and our students by organizing live and interactive webinars. At AnantU, we believe that it is imperative for emerging designers to hold discussions to identify root problems, ideate solutions and spread awareness about the concerns that tie us together. To this end, the following webinars were organised recently.
On April 18, the International Center for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL) at AnantU launched a webinar series, ‘Heritage Matters’.
In continuation of the series, ICICL conducted the third webinar held on May 18, also celebrated as International Museum Day. The webinar’s focus was ‘Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.’ The webinar was hosted by Professor Dr Amareswar Galla and presided over by the following panellists; Madame Alissandra Cummins (Paris), Professor Dr Hans-Martin Hinz (Berlin) and Mag. Elke Kellner (Austria). The panel addressed the role of museums post the pandemic. Given that most museums around the world are closed due to COVID-19, an important conversation emerges on the role of museums in the future. More importantly, how institutions of museums could become more inclusive in the digital domain, given the harsh truth of inequality of access and use.
On June 4, a webinar titled, ‘Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability: What Policy Solutions for Climate Emergency?’ was conducted. The webinar focused on the onslaught of COVID-19 and the crisis of climate change that has gripped the world all over. This further establishes the certitude that we must seek to build a community where we can mindfully establish correlation and companionship across geographic and cultural boundaries to engage and build strategies for our shared concerns. The panel discussion was hosted by Dr Amareswar Galla and presided over by the following panellists; Naaz Rizvi, Dr Miniya Chatterji, Dr Rohit Jigyasu and Douglas Worts.
On June 20, ICICL conducted its 5th webinar on ‘What Museums Post Pandemic?’ The webinar aimed at bringing forth the concerns over museum institutions across the world. It raised several alarming questions while acknowledging the social, economic and environmental realities with respective contexts in mind. The webinar was hosted by Professor Dr Amareswar Galla and presided over by the following panellists; Lazare Eloundou, Dr George Abungu, and Dr Alka Pande.