Live Roundtable, Friday 11th September (details tbc)
Centre for Heritage Management,
Ahmedabad University, India
Prof Ashoke Chatterjee received his education at Woodstock School (Mussoorie), St Stephen’s College (Delhi University) and Miami University (Ohio). He has a background in the engineering industry, international civil service, India Tourism Development Corporation, and 25 years in the service of the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) where he was Executive Director, Senior Faculty, Distinguished Fellow and Professor of communication and management. He has served a range of development institutions in India and overseas, particularly in the sectors of livelihoods, handcrafts, drinking water, sanitation, education, and disability as well as working with artisans in many parts India. He was Hon President of the Crafts Council of India for over twenty years and continues to serve CCI. Prof Chatterjee has served on the Board of Aid To Artisans (USA). An author and writer, his books include “Dances of the Golden Hall” on the art of Shanta Rao and “Rising” on empowerment efforts among deprived communities in rural Gujarat. Prof Chatterjee continues to assist design education, and is Adviser at Ahmedabad University’s Centre for Heritage Management. He lives in Ahmedabad with his son Keshav, daughter-in-law Prativa and grandchildren Kabir and Alisa.
Ian Elsner makes museum exhibits and podcasts about museums. Interactive exhibits Ian has helped develop as a technologist and programmer for RLMG are featured in places like the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Idaho State Museum in Boise, Idaho, and the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. Ian hosts Museum Archipelago, one of the largest podcasts about the museum world. Over the course of 80 episodes, Museum Archipelago has visited and reported on museum institutions all over the globe, from Tasmania to Rwanda. His professional goal is to help develop the Apollo 11 Historic Site and Museum on the lunar surface.
Curatorial Research Centre, UK
Dr Tehmina Goskar is the Director & Curator of the Curatorial Research Centre. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in the cultural, arts, academic and private sectors with extensive knowledge of exhibition and event curation in a variety of settings from national museums to pop-up shops. She is a Fellow of the Museums Association and a member of its Ethics Committee, an Accredited Member of the Association of Facilitators, and a Research Associate at Swansea University. She is the Programme Leader and creator of Citizen Curators, a work-based curatorial training programme for volunteers, currently taking place in museums across Cornwall, UK, in collaboration with Cornwall Museums Partnership supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. She is also the co-founder and co-organiser of Twitter’s ever-popular #MuseumHour.