New ICOM conference season set to open
Summer is almost gone! About a dozen international committees will meet over the course of September, the start of a rich season of conferences that runs through November. The annual conferences provide participating members with an opportunity for encounters and discussions with their peers as well as for reinforcing their skills.
COSTUME (International Committee for Costume Collections) will inaugurate the new season in Toronto, Canada, with an annual conference on ‘Exhibitions and Interpretations’ which will take place from 8 to 13 September, 2015. The choice of the host city is far from arbitrary: textiles have historically shaped Toronto’s landscape, making it an important centre for the Canadian textile industry until the early 20th century.
At the same time, CAMOC (International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Moscow, Russia, which also hosted its very first conference. From 7 to 10 September, participants will debate on ‘Memory and Migration’ – a theme that aims to bring to light the ways in which migrations shape the history, culture and development of a city.
This year, two committees will hold their opening meeting during a joint conference: ICDAD (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design) and ICOMAM (International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History) in Krakow, Poland, from 15 to 19 September, in the National Museum of Krakow. The conference theme is ‘Ambassadors of Dialogue’ – a symbolic choice insofar as Krakow has over a millennia of tradition and played a key role in regional politics and culture during the Renaissance. Exchanges will take place on the nature and function of diplomatic gifts – works of art and craftsmanship alike – in intercultural dialogue.
Finally, ICOFOM (ICOM International Committee for Museology), will gather in Tsukuba, Japan to host its 38th annual symposium around the MLA theme (Museums – Libraries – Archives) with a specific focus on museology. From 13 to 18 September, 2015, a number of museums professionals will meet to analyse similarities and differences between all three types of institutions.
In addition, this year, ICOM is maintaining its partnership with Agenda for the organisation of the international conference Communicating the Museum (CTM), for its 15th edition, from 9 to 12 September, 2015. Its past edition took place in the Pacific region in 2014 but this year it will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. Communicating the Museum gathers decision-makers in the cultural sector from around the world and offers participants a wonderful opportunity to grow acquainted with, exchange and benefit from the expertise of professionals working outside the museum world.
Created in 2013, the ICOM Endowment Fund seeks to support initiatives which shape the museums of the 21st century. The Fund provides financial and operational support to activities addressing the global community of museums and promoting the social role of museums and their contribution to all areas of intellectual, artistic and heritage life.
ICOM has long committed to the conference, and now, the ICOM Endowment Fund is taking the reins in sponsoring the 14th Edition of The Best in Heritage conference, which will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 24 to 26 September, 2015. The conference provides a space for inspiration and highlights innovative efforts in the museum and heritage sector. It contributes to the larger aim of the ICOM Endowment Fund: to endorse the development and spreading of standards of excellence for the museum of the 21st century.