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Ms. Rebecca Weldon Sithiwong

Consultant in Museology
Participates in 1 Session
Rebecca Weldon Sithiwong

Working experience

2008-Present Cultural Consultant, Chiang Mai, Thailand

\- Historic Structure Report in cooperation with Chiang Mai University Faculty of
Architecture, Prince Mahidol Museum Project, Chiang Mai, Thailand
\- Structural services to Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, Mae Fah Luang
Foundation, Under Royal Patronage, Chiang Rai, Thailand
\- Structural services to Wat Phra Kaew Museum, Chiang Rai, Thailand

2002-2008 Curator, Rai Mae Fah Luang, Mae Fah Luang Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand

1998-2000 Assistant director, Rai Mae Fah Luang, Mae Fah Luang Foundation Chiang Rai, Thailand


1976 Anthropology, Pomona College, Claremont, California
2001- Master Museology, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Background summary

Growing up in Laos I developed an interest in anthropology and material culture. After working with
handicraft cooperatives in Haiti and Thailand, I settled with my husband in Chiang Rai, Thailand in 1983,
founding Golden Triangle Tours, the first touring organization conceived and run by locally born and
raised residents.
In 1993, I established Ahimsa Gallery, the first cultural centre in Chiang Rai featuring exhibitions by local
artists, poetry readings by local writers and lectures on art and culture. While working with village
carpenters building locally inspired architecture, I served as a volunteer docent at Rai Mae Fah Luang,
Later, I supervised the development of the first museum of ethnology in the area, at which I finally
served as a curator.
The challenges of creating a professional institution based in local participation led me to follow a
master course at the Reinwardt Academy, the faculty of museology and heritage of the Amsterdam
University of the Arts. Working as a consultant I research Southeast Asian museology linking it to local

Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park:

Hong Luang Saeng Kaew Museum, Wat Phra Kaew:

Convenor: Informal Northern Thai Group

Weldon, R., “Transformative Museology”, Cadernos de Sociomuseologia, no. 37 (2010), 75-85

Sessions in which Ms. Rebecca Weldon Sithiwong participates

Tuesday 7 June, 2016

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Sessions in which Ms. Rebecca Weldon Sithiwong attends

Friday 3 June, 2016

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11:30 - 13:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Urban HeritageTourism

What does heritage change for tourism? | Le patrimoine, ça change quoi au tourisme? Ce débat veut interroger les relations entre le tourisme et le patrimoine et dépasser ainsi les idées reçues sur l'antagonisme entre le tourisme "corrupteur" et le patrimoine qui en serait la victime. Il s'agit donc de repenser le tourisme comme un réel acteur du patrimoine, de sa valorisation et de son appropriation, y compris par les populations locales. Cela présuppose, au p...

17:00 - 19:30 | 2 hours 30 minutes
Festive Event

Saturday 4 June, 2016

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9:00 - 10:00 | 1 hour
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

What if we changed our views on heritage? And if heritage has already changed? While, on the global scene, states maintain their leading role in the mobilization of social and territorial histories, on the local scale, regions, neighbourhoods and parishes have changed. Citizens and communities too: they latch on to heritage to express an unprecedented range of belongings that no law seems to be able to take measures to contain, often to the discontent of...

18:30 - 20:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

Most of what we experience as heritage emerges into conscious recognition through a complex mixture of political and ideological filters, including nationalism.  In these processes, through a variety of devices (museums, scholarly research, consumer reproduction, etc.), dualistic classifications articulate a powerful hierarchy of value and significance.  In particular, the tangible-intangible pair, given legitimacy by such international bodies as UNESCO, reproduces a selective ordering of cul...

Sunday 5 June, 2016

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14:00 - 15:30 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Co-Construction and Community Based HeritageHeritage Changes the Social OrderCitizenshipPublic event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

"What does heritage change?" is a multifaceted  question to which the answer(s) are in primary respects related to real-life negotiations among different groups of citizens, cultures, races, ethnic groups, sexual identities, and social classes about received, official and/or widely accepted or accomodated intangible attributes, cultural traditions, historic monuments, buildings, and other transmitted or revived historical legacies. Heritage designated by and for whom, for what motivations, an...

Tuesday 7 June, 2016

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19:00 - 23:00 | 4 hours
Festive Event

The closing dinner of the conference, called “Pawâ” according to a French-Canadian tradition borrowed from the Native American lexicon, will be an opportunity to discover, in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal, an original culinary creation by the caterer Agnus Dei, from the renowned Maison Cartier-Besson in Montreal, leader in its field for its boundless creativity and event expertise. The dinner, in the form of stations, will offer delegates an exploration of Quebecois culinary heritage,...

Wednesday 8 June, 2016

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