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Francoise Pommaret, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist, Director of Research at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research, France) and Adjunct Professorr at Institute of Language and Culture (ILCS), Royal University of Bhutan.
She has been associated with Bhutan in different capacities since 1979 and has published numerous scholarly articles and books on different aspects of Bhutanese culture.
She was the co-editor and co-author of Bhutan: mountain fortress of the gods, Serindia, London, 1997 as well as the co-editor and co-author of Bhutan. Tradition and change, Brill, Leiden, 2007. Her wide audience book in English is Bhutan, a cultural guidebook, Odyssey Guidebook, Hong-Kong (1990, reprint 2003, 2006, 2010) as well as Tibet, an enduring civilization, Abrams Discovery series, NY, 2003. Both have been published in several languages.
Dr. Pommaret has lectured intensively in numerous academic institutions around the world and has been guest-curator for several exhibitions.
Julia Brennan was born and raised in Asia. Her interest in cultural preservation stems from her childhood travelling to weaving and hill-tribe villages, archeological sites, and learning traditional customs and languages. She received her Bachelors in Asian Studies and Art History from Barnard College, NYC, and her Masters in art crime from ARCA, the Association for Research in Crimes Against Art. Julia has worked in the field of textile conservation and preservation for over 26 years. From 2000 to 2008, she led four textile training workshops in The Kingdom of Bhutan, funded by the Getty Foundation. Teaching programs were based both at the Textile Museum in Thimphu, and rural monasteries, and she helped establish and train the first generation of Bhutanese collection care specialists and conservators. She frequently lectures to historical societies and collector groups on the care and display of textiles and is passionately committed to conservation outreach, education of emerging conservators, and the protection of cultural property.