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A National Committee for Qatar

ICOM President participates in inauguration of the new Museum of the History of Bologna

French National Centre of the History of Immigration promotes comparative perspectives

35 years of International Museum Day

ICME Annual Meeting

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A National Committee for Qatar

Qatar has seen impressive growth in the cultural field in recent years, remarkably demonstrated by the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art in 2006.
In order to encourage the influence of museums in the country’s development, a new ICOM National Committee was elected on 21 October, 2011 in Doha, with the aim of energising and highlighting museum activities in Qatar on a regional, national, and international level. The new members of the National Committee’s bureau are:

* Chair: Mr Abdullah Ennajar, Director General, Qatar Museums Authority
* Vice-Chair: Mr Nasser El Hammadi, Curator, Qatar National Museum
* Secretary General: Dr Akacha El Daly, Qatar Museums Authority
* Treasurer: Mr Khalid El Jaber, Natural History Department Head, Qatar National Museum

A Qatari delegation was recently welcomed at ICOM Headquarters in Paris by ICOM Director General Julien Anfruns, in order to discuss development and research possibilities for the National Committee and envisage support for this process.

To begin with, ICOM Qatar is organising a series of activities for International Museum Day on 18 May, with a programme enriched through the help of various ICOM regional alliances, including ICOM Arab and ICOM Europe, and the participation of representatives of the Qatari museum community.

ICOM Network

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ICOM Belgium
5 March, 2012
Annual Conference
Venue: Gallo-Romeins Museum, Tongres
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ICOM France
21 March, 2012
Paris, France
1st Ethics Workshop
Theme: Heritage and Museum Ethics: History and Inquiry
Venue: Auditorium of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art
Contact: Benjamin Granjon,
More information:

DEMHIST (ICOM International Committee for Historic House Museums)
18-20 April, 2012
Perugia, Italy
International Conference
Theme: House Museums. The Owners and their Art Collections
Venue: Palazzo di Sorbello House Museum, Perugia
More information: http://demhist.icom.museum

ICOM SEE (Regional Alliance of ICOM for South East Europe)
Nis, Serbia
23-28 April 2012
Regional Scientific Conference
Theme: Risk assessment of cultural and natural heritage in the region of South East Europe”
Contact: seeicom@gmail.com

29 April–2 May, 2012
Minneapolis, MN, USA
ICOM US Annual Meeting
in cooperation with the AAM Annual
Contact: Erik Ledbetter
More information:

ICOM-WIPO Workshop for Mediators in Art and Cultural Heritage
10-11 May, 2012
London, England

Museum of London
Contact: Samia Slimani
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CIMCIM (ICOM International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections)
15-20 May, 2012
New York, USA
41st Annual AMIS/CIMCIM Meeting
Theme: The Arts and Artists of Musical Instruments / Do displayed instruments become works of art? 
Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Manhattan School of Music
Contact: James Kopp;
More information

GLASS (ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass)
NYC, Corning and Toledo, USA
5-9 June and 10-11 June, 2012
Annual Conference
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CIDOC (ICOM International Committee for Documentation)
Helsinki, Finland,
10-14 June, 2012
Theme: Enriching Cultural Heritage
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International Bodensee Symposium
Meeting of German-speaking Committees
21-24 June, 2012
Theme: Das Museumsobjekt (und seine Wirkung auf den Besucher) - The museum object (and its impact on the visitor)
Contact: icom@icom-oesterreich.at

Communicating the Museum
New York, USA
27-29 June, 2012
Theme: The World is Changing: How Will Museums Adapt?
Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Christie’s, MoMA
More information:

The Inclusive Museum Conference 2012
Cave Hill, Barbados
2-5 August, 2012
5th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, the University of the West Indies
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CIMUSET (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology)
Tampere and Helsinki, Finland
28-31 August, 2012
Theme: Brighter Perspectives for Science and Technology Museums
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Dato’ Dr Adi Taha, ex-Chair of ICOM Malaysia and former Director General of the Department of Museums of Malaysia, passed away at his home in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur on 4 February, 2012 at the age of 60. Having pioneered museum work and research on prehistoric human artefacts and the Bujang Valley civilization, Dr Adi was instrumental in the establishment of new museums in Malaysia and the organisation of a number of major exhibitions. He continued to actively contribute to the field of museology following his retirement in 2010, as a principal fellow at the University Malaysia, Kelantan. An eminent and affable curator, Dato’ Dr Adi Taha will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure to know and work with him.

ICOM President participates in inauguration of the new Museum of the History of Bologna

On Friday, 27 January, thousands gathered for the opening of the Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the History of Bologna, Italy) in the presence of Italian government ministers, the mayor of Bologna and other local authorities, as well as a number of foreign guests from various institutions.

Pepoli museum bologna

ICOM President Dr Hans-Martin Hinz was among the speakers at the event, having witnessed the initial steps of the project as a speaker at an international seminar on City Museums organised in Bologna in 2007. The public response over the course of the inaugural weekend (28-29 January) was extraordinary: the museum attracted more than 15,000 visitors, with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano paying a visit the following Monday.

Housed in the Palazzo Pepoli, a restored medieval palace, this innovative new presence on the Italian museum landscape is devoted to Bologna’s architectural, artistic and scientific development from the Etruscans to today, bringing alive a multiplicity of historical events and figures through the use of modern interactive technology within the exhibition spaces. The Museo della Storia di Bologna is part of a network of numerous other sites in town, emblematic of cooperation initiatives that are multiplying within the Italian museum community and abroad.

(Photo © Paolo Righi/Museo della storia di Bologna)

Museum News
French National Centre of the History of Immigration promotes comparative perspectives

The year 2012 marks the five-year anniversary of the inauguration of the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, the French National Centre of the History of Immigration. In a continuation of its efforts to promote exchange with similar institutions elsewhere in the world, the Paris museum devoted the last issue of its bi-monthly scholarly journal Hommes & Migrations to the topic of immigration and museums in an international comparative perspective. The publication is the fruit of a 2010 conference organised by the museum on the theme Museums and Migrations, in partnership with the Center for Sociological Analysis and Intervention of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, University of California, Berkeley, and the Maison des sciences de l’homme (French human sciences foundation).

The aim of the conference was to shed light on how different museums around the world take immigration into account, and the context-specific questions, obstacles and paradoxes that arise in their doing so. The museum’s unique position on the French landscape as the sole state museum devoted to the phenomenon of immigration as a historical process of national identity-building – and thus, its role as an actor in the institutionalisation of such museums on the European continent – is highlighted in the publication. The museum’s permanent collection examines two centuries of immigration history in a thematically divided exhibition, while the current temporary exhibition, J’ai deux amours (I have two loves), highlights the museum’s collection of contemporary art.

“L'immigration dans les musées. Une comparaison internationale”
Hommes & Migrations No. 1293 September-October 2011
Summary of contents available online at www.hommes-et-migrations.fr

Nota bene: Please send us your news. For further information, contact Sara Heft (sara.heft@icom.museum) at ICOM Headquarters.
Aedín Mac Devitt will be on maternity leave until the end of June.

35 years of International Museum Day

Did you know…
…in 1997, ICOM launched the first official poster for International Museum Day, on the theme of fighting illicit trafficking of cultural goods. The aim was to create a universal identity for the event, and the poster was adapted by 28 countries.


IMD news:

This year, ICOM is launching a photo contest, called Me in my Museum, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Museum Day! Come celebrate IMD’s anniversary with us by taking a picture of yourself, alone or with friends, in your favourite museum, with the official logo created for the event displayed! Museum lovers everywhere are invited to participate and send us their photos before 22 April, 2012. The winner(s) will receive a “goodie bag” full of items from museum stores around the world.

All information is available on the IMD 2012 official website:
and Facebook page:

museum day 2012


IMD is on Facebook!

Following on from the success of last year’s Facebook page, which attracted more than 1,500 fans, IMD has launched a new page for 2012. Become a fan of the official IMD 2012 page and keep up to date with all the latest news:



ICOM-CC preprints

The most recent conference of ICOM’s International Committee for Conservation, ICOM-CC, brought together conservation and museum professionals on the theme Cultural Heritage/Cultural Identity: The Role of Conservation in Lisbon, Portugal in September 2011. A record number of abstracts were submitted, prompting the Directory Board to increase the number of papers published by up to 50%, producing a CD publication accompanied by a book of abstracts. The 276 contributions included in the publication (214 papers and 62 posters) provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of conservation research and practice through reports by the ICOM-CC Working Groups. The abstracts have all been translated into English, French and Spanish.

Price: €130
Order from:

Preprints CD & Book of Abstracts, ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference Lisbon, 16-23 September 2011 / Janet Bridgland (ed). Almada: Critério, 2011. Book of Abstracts: 344 p., ISBN: 978-989-97522-2-1 (English, French and Spanish). CD: 1,900 p., ISBN: 978-989-97522-0-7 (English, French and Spanish).

Participate in
ICME Annual Meeting

In collaboration with ICOM Namibia and the Museums Association of Namibia, the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME) will be hold its Annual Conference in Windhoek, Namibia from 12 to 14 September, 2012, with a Post-Conference Tour scheduled for 15-18 September. Under the banner Commodifying Culture? Cultural Villages and Living Museums, this event will examine how museums can reflect cultural diversity in a way that preserves tradition, while also recognising the dynamism of living cultures.

ICME has issued a call for papers and is currently seeking abstracts of 250-300 words, which should be submitted to ICME Chair Annette Fromm (annettefromm@hotmail.com) by 15 May, 2012. Speakers will be notified by 1 July. Further details are available at http://icme.icom.museum

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