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INTERCOM 2010    Changing roles of museums - social responsibility and creative museum management

8-10 November 2010

Monday 8th November     Museums - Orchestrating Diversities for Harmonious Change - An evening of memorial lectures

The Second Alma S. Wittlin Lecture and the Fifth Stephen S. Weil Memorial Lecture

    Memorial Lectures ICOM2010

INTERCOM is participating in an evening of Memorial Lectures in a joint event with ICOM-China, ICOM-Austria, CECA, ICTOP, ICEE. The evening builds on the success of the memorial lectures held in Vienna in 2007. The fifth Stephen Weil Memorial Lecture will be given by David Fleming, INTERCOM President and Director of National Museums Liverpool on Museums and social justice and the CECA Alma Wittlin Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Lynda Kelly, Head of Visitor Research at the Australia Museums on Museums and Web 2.0.

You can download the Stephen Weil Memorial Lecture presented by David Fleming - Museums Campaigning for Social Justice (PDF)


Tuesday 9th November       

Conference session: Neutral spaces or active campaigners?  

INTERCOM Declaration of Museum Responsibility to Promote Human Rights

INTERCOM believes that it is a fundamental responsibility of museums, wherever possible, to be active in promoting diversity and human rights, respect and equality for people of all origins, beliefs and background. The above Declaration was made at the 2009 annual meeting of INTERCOM, which was held in Torreon, Mexico. The Torreon Declaration indicates that museums around the world are now active in displaying and analysing the many and complex aspects of human rights and the representation of minorities and other disadvantaged groups .INTERCOM believes that the Declaration is important because it calls for action by museums to help defend human rights. Museums traditionally avoid politics and attempt to be "neutral" - the Torreon Declaration suggests that many people in museums reject having to play a neutral role, and want museums to be more active in this area. These fundamental changes have had a profound impact on skills and attitudes needed in modern museums. The INTERCOM programme in Shanghai will look at this increasingly important area of museum work, and the INTERCOM Committee invites proposals for papers to be presented at the INTERCOM sessions.  We are looking for papers that deal with these challenging subjects and  are working towards  combating prejudice  equality in the museum.

When values collide: sources and sites of controversy
Carol Scott, International Consultant, London, UK

Meaning, reflection, hope: the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC, USA

Pushing boundaries: establishing the International Slavery Museum (download as PDF)
David Fleming, Director, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Recognising controversy: the role of federal funding agencies (download as PDF)
Marsha L. Semmel, Acting Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington DC, USA

Publication Launch: Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums, edited by Fiona Cameron and Lynda Kelly (link to sample)

Arocena museum: A museum for cultural diversity
Rosario Ramos, Director, Museo Arocena, Torreon, Mexico

Open air museums - in the service of collections or in the service of society? (download as PDF)
Hannah Mellemsether, Research Coordinator, Trøndelag Folkemuseum/Museums of South Trøndelag, Norway

Harlem on My Mind: A Problematic Step toward Increasing Cultural Diversity? (download as PDF)
Yuha Jung, PhD Candidate, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Wednesday 10th November    

Conference session: Museums for Social Harmony: new management challenges for museums

In line with the overall ICOM conference theme Museums for Social Harmony, INTERCOM is interested in looking at specific management challenges that museums are facing as they are redefining their relevance in society and increasingly embracing their social responsibility. Museum managers worldwide have to be imaginative and determined if they are to succeed in creating successful museums, at the same time as ensuring that professional standards are maintained. Managing the changes necessary to modernise means new thinking and new ways of doing things. It means putting the needs of visitors at the centre of museum effort, structuring the museum to achieve new objectives, and challenging traditional ways of doing things. In this session, we are looking for papers that deal with new ways of managing museums, how management challenges have been overcome and what issues museums are still facing today.

Connecting museum collections and creator communities: The Virtual Museum of the Pacific Project (download as PDF)
Frank Howarth, Director, Australian Museum, and Peter Eklund, Australia

TwentseWelle: a case study (download as PDF)
Kees van der Meiden, General Manager, TwentseWelle, Netherlands and Frans Bevers, co-director of OPERA Amsterdam

Management of museums in the transition period: the problems and the search for solutions
Ekaterina Zakrevskaya, PR-manager of the Central Naval Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation

Museums – promoters of cultural identities
Nicoleta Zagura, Chair ICOM Moldova, Moldova

MUSEUMS FOR THE FUTURE - The Norwegian museum reform 2002-2010
Espen Hernes, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority, Norway

Complexity - the museum and climate catastrophe
Fiona Cameron, Senior Research Fellow, Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies Centre for Cultural Research University of Western Sydney

The Danish Museum Management Barometer
Finn Frandsen and Winni Johansen, ASB Centre for Corporate Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Denmark

Museum governance and public-private partnership
LAI Ying-Ying, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Art-Culture Policy and Management, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Full Conference Programme (download as Word Document)