Fast five. Feminism. Four waves. Fangirls. You catch my drift. In hindsight, last week was really great for me. It stimulated so much kōrero that I can feel continuing around me, it made me think and also made me realise that I need to do more reading. I need to formulate. A few people have mentioned that they will also be writing up their thoughts of the day and I really hope this pans out (come on Nina, Courtney and Emma!) because I want there to be more. FW v2.0. Conferences are those awe-inspiring things (hopefully this has been your experience) that you attend and feel really energised about, ready to get back to your daily grind with a renewed sense of purpose. But, it's not often that I look back on notes that I have taken and think FUCK YEAH I STILL FEEEEEEL IT. Because, nope, who has the time? With this in mind, I have come to spend my week reflecting on conferences that I have attended, amazing keynotes I have seen and will share these with you. Or other peoples' reflections of conference that I did not attend.
1. Think Lateral
I attended the Australasian Registrars Committee conference in April and if I'm to be perfectly honest, I was expecting it to be dull af. I thought the whole thing was going to be about copyright (which I'm also really sorry to bag on especially as copyright does in fact make up a lot of my daily job) and was prepared to make nice and pay attention. But wowzers. Was it ever so much more than that. There were presentations about interesting acquisitions (Christchurch Art Gallery's crowd-funding, Te Papa and Auckland Museum's co-purchase of the Te Pahi medal), interesting thefts, immunity from seizure (eternally interested in this and its implications), AND two of the most engaging presentations on copyright I have ever seen. One of which has actually made an impact on how I practice. So yeah, learnt my lesson. I will now think laterally about how I approach registrars' conferences from now on. #sorrynotsorry about that cheesy line.
2. Museums Aotearoa conference 2012
Back when I was just a Museums Studies baby, I volunteered at the Museums Aotearoa conference. As an aside, it was also the first time I met Nina! Anyway, my 'job' was to run the microphone around in Soundings Theatre which meant I got to see all of the keynote speakers. One in particular BLEW MY MIND. Umberto Crenca, founder of AS220 (where our Tuakana Ruth Harvey works) started something supremely impressive and I hope to the atua that I get there one day. You can read about him and watch his presentation here. The line-up of keynotes for this year's event is also looking pretty stellar. Can't wait to hear David Garneau.
3. CFP from University of Manitoba
Speaking of David Garneau and Four Waves, he shared a call for papers to a journal about indigenous feminisms from the University of Manitoba with Bridget Reweti (who spoke at Four Waves). The submissions, in their full-lengths, will be published in a book by University of Manitoba and though they are based in Canada, they are extending the call across the world. So get in there if you have something to say about what it is like to be an indigenous wahine. CFP is here.
4. NZ Museums blog
I did not even know that this blog existed but I am really grateful that Sarah passed on the link to the review of a fashion conference that Doris de Pont of New Zealand Fashion Museum attended in Canberra. Have I already said this? I really wish people had the time to write down all of the things the learnt at conferences purely because I want to read them. I want dialogue to be created and for people to take the momentum they get by attending and then pass it on. Please. Time. Please.
5. Government Women's Network
At my place of work, I feel really lucky to be given opportunities to explore ideas pertinent to the betterment of workplace culture. One of these ideas was participation on the Government Women's Network and was brought up after a few members from the leadership team attended the launch of the network (or the website? I'm not so clear). Our leadership team had mentioned that we had representation on the network but this was since found to be incorrect so a colleague and I raised the idea of just getting it done ourselves. A fortnight later and together with three other colleagues, we have just launched our network and are working toward getting formalised representation on the GWN. It's bloody exciting. We have a lot of hui hui and do-ey do-ey to do now that the network has formalised to ensure that we have a solid common purpose and clear outcomes but I have utmost faith that with these ladies at my side, it will happen.
With this inter-generational woman-love going on, I'm going to see the week out with some music from super-talented Chloe x Halle who have signed to Beyonce's label: