The department of Museology, National Museum Institute organized an international seminar on the 30th and 31st October 2018 titled ‘Cosmopolitan Kalamkaris: Crafting Connections through 17th century Figural Fabrics’. This seminar is a part of the project, ‘Eyes on Dyes and Deals: Stories of East-West fascination on and behind 17th century Kalamkaris’. The project Is being coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Manvi Seth, HoD & Dean NMI from the Indian side and by Gerda Theuns from the Netherland side.
The collaboration between the Netherlands and India goes back a long way. Kalamkari textiles were one of the most important commodities commissioned by the Dutch traders in 16th to 17th Century and subsequently exported to the Netherlands. Some of these exquisite historic pieces have survived the ravages of time and are now part of museum collections in the Netherlands and other countries.
This seminar, ‘Cosmopolitan Kalamkaris: Crafting Connections through 17th century Figural Fabrics’ is an endeavour to raise awareness, invite enquiry, facilitate research about these historic Indo-Dutch Kalamkaris. The focus of the seminar was the figural Kalamkaris of the 17th century, produced in context of the Indo-Dutch encounters and the flourishing international trade of those times, however the thematic range of the seminar engaged various other facets of the art’s past and present.
The two-day seminar brought together perhaps one of the largest Indo-Dutch gathering in recent years. Around 16 scholars, academicians and museum professionals presented their papers. The seminar was attended by more than 60 participants. The speakers invited for the seminar were from India, the Netherlands and France. The participants who attended were also from various backgrounds, contributing to the interdisciplinary environment.
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A working seminar on Museum Education was organized at the National Museum Institute (NMI) on 20th & 21st February, 2013. It was to initiate a new round of dialogue amongst museum educators, school educators and in-charges and museologists about the potential of museums as an important multidisciplinary, non-formal education resource for supplementing school education.
The Department of Museology, National Museum Institute (NMI) in collaboration with Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) held an International Seminar in Leh, Ladakh from 1-5 Sep 2012. The seminar focused on the theme of ‘Museums and the Changing Cultural Landscape’.
The department also organized a working seminar on Intangible Cultural Heritage on 4th & 5th May, 2012. The seminar proposed to identify and discuss the concept, issues and domains of ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage) in order to start the process of developing region based formats in the Indian context. The purpose of the two day working seminar was to bring together the advocates, experts, representatives, researchers and practitioners of ICH to explore the range and nature of varied and vast Intangible Cultural Heritage in India.
Department of Museology and Conservation arranged INC-ICOM, two days National Seminar on “Museology and Conservation: A complementary concept, involving modern science”, on 14th & 15th March 2011.
International conference on ‘Museum Education: Indian Perspectives, American Trends’ jointly organized by the National Museum Institute and the United States Educational Foundation (USEFI) on 12th & 13th Oct. 2007.
National Seminar on ‘Planning of Heritage Site Museum in relation to tangible and Intangible Heritage’ held in Bhuvaneshwar from 16th-19th March 2005.