About this talk

Conservation aims to make use of heritage places whilst retaining their authenticity and cultural values. However, these both are critical and need to be carefully interpreted. Authenticity is not only a matter of physical materiality, but also has to do with identifying cultural values which sustain the memory of the past.  Taking the Majapahit Houses Program (MHP) in Majapahit heritage site in Trowulan, East Java as a case study, this presentation will show how these notions of authenticity and cultural values have come into conflict with present-day conservation practices. A common policy is needed to find a way to achieve flexibility to the development of balanced in heritage conservation.

Speaker & Moderator

Speaker: Dr. Catrini Pratihari Kubontubuh

President of The Indonesian Heritage Trust (BPPI), based in Jakarta, member of Board of Executive Committee of International of National Trusts Organisation (INTO), based in London, and Vice Chairman of Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance (SEACHA), based in Thailand. She has been acknowledged as Climate Leader from Climate Reality Leaders Corps since September 2020. She has a background in planning and architecture and a strong experience in the field of heritage through her activities in developing heritage organisations in West Sumatra, Bali, Jakarta, and several other Indonesian cities.

Moderator: Ms. Somlak Charoenpot

Former Executive Director in charge of 44 national museums in Thailand, Former Deputy General of the Fine Arts Department (FAD), The Siam Society Council Member, and Director of Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA).

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