New Proposed Sessions
Informal Session: Objectifying Conflict: Iconoclasm, Christian Nation- alism, and Cultural Preservation in the Pacific
This session stimulated a small but active discussion on the role of museums in Papua New Guinea. Six people attended in person and spoke on their interests in the topic of museums, preservation and the politics of culture in PNG at this moment in its history. Andrew Moutu, the former director of the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery, was able to join the session by
Skype and presented a comprehensive overview of the Museum's history and recent struggles to resist political interference, and reflected on its significance for museums and cultural scholarship generally in PNG. All of the participants expressed interest in continuing the discussion, and we plan at present to recruit other participants with the intention of proposing either a working session or second informal session for the New Orleans meeting on the themes of this year's discussion. We invite anyone with an interest in these issues in either PNG or Oceania at large to contact Derek Milne for more information about the session, and to look for an announcement of plans for New Orleans in the next Newsletter .
Derek Milne, Pasadena City College <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ryan Schram, University of Sydney <email@example.com>