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E-newsletter January 2017
MIGRATION: CITIES (IM)MIGRATION AND ARRIVAL CITIES

MIGRATION: CITIES (IM)MIGRATION AND ARRIVAL CITIES
6-8 February 2017, Athens

The International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC) in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) and the International Committee for Regional Museums (ICR) set out to explore the roles museums can have in collecting, presenting and collaborating in these processes through their joint project Migration: Cities.(Im)migration and Arrival Cities.

This inaugural workshop for the Migration: Cities project will explore the impact of the influx of migrants on contemporary cities, ranging from polarisation and exclusion to enrichment and the creation of new cultural resources, and the roles museums can have in collecting, presenting and collaborating in these processes. The workshop aims to bring together museum professionals, NGO representatives, psychologists, social workers, specialists in intercultural education and (im)migrants, who will exchange ideas in an interactive way.

"Museums are places of and for migrants and the fresh perspectives, ideas, questions and skills that they bring.” Martin Roth, the former German Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK

For more information: http://camoc.icom.museum

IN BRIEF

ICOM Russia: The Third International Conference, “Corporate Museums Today”, took place from 15 to 17 December 2016 at the World Ocean Museum, Kaliningrad. It was devoted to the theme: Audience Strengthening of the Corporate Museum as an Incentive to the Industry’s Development.

ICOM SEE: The Third Regional Scientific Conference of ICOM SEE took place at Alfa BK University in Belgrade (Serbia) from 8 to 11 December 2016, on the theme: Revitalization of Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Region of South East Europe.

ICOM Europe: The 2016 Annual Conference of ICOM Europe on “National Museums. Past, Present and Future” was successfully held in Lisbon (Portugal) on 28 and 29 November. Conclusions and abstracts are now available here (http://network.icom.museum/europe/activities/conferences/).

ICOM ICR: A special project called Regional Museumsˈ Role in Assisting to Rebuild their Local Communities after an Earthquake was held in Kathmandu (Nepal) from 17 to 22 January 2017. The aim of this project was to work out a plan for how regional museums can play an active part in rebuilding their local society after an earthquake.

CIMCIM: “Presentation, Preservation, Interpretation – The Challenges of Musical Instrument Collections in the 21st century”. The CIMCIM annual conference 2017 will take place in Basel and Bern (Switzerland), from 22 to 25 February 2017, in collaboration with the Fourth Romantic Brass Symposium. Among other topics, one main focus of the conference will be on corrosion of brass instruments, connected to the research project Corrosion. http://cimcim.icom.museum

A RED LIST OF WEST AFRICAN CULTURAL OBJECTS AT RISK


In response to the conflict in Mali in 2012, and in order to fight the looting of West African cultural heritage, ICOM has published a Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk, including a Mali "Emergency" section, which it released on 16 December 2016 in Bamako.

The Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk aims to highlight the types of artefacts that are in demand on the art and antiquities market, protected by legislation, and vulnerable to being looted, stolen or illegally exported.

This publication was made possible thanks to the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the U.S. Department of State.

“With the complexity of the antiquity market that is shrouded in secrecy, given the illegitimate movement of the art pieces, ICOM hopes that potential buyers would begin to demand for provenance before buying art.” The Guardian, 8 January 2017

For more information: Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk

ICOM NEWS ON THE MOVE

ICOM News is transitioning to a new digital format. Stay tuned for details on the launch of the new online platform in the coming months!

In the meantime, we are featuring ICOM News articles on our website, and every month here in the newsletter.

January brings us to Brazil, where museum actors are developing programmes to advocate for the importance of museums in social development.

Read the article: http://icom.museum/media/icom-news-magazine/the-known-dilemma/

If you wish to get involved as a contributor now or down the line, please contact Sara Heft: sara.heft@icom.museum

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF MUSEUM INTERNATIONAL


ICOM is preparing an issue of Museum International on the theme Museums and Public Policy. The issue will be overseen by the Editorial Board, with Prof. Dr Tereza Scheiner as Editor in Chief. All proposals submitted will be assessed for suitability and subsequent articles will go through a peer review process. The issue is expected to be published, in collaboration with Wiley Blackwell, by December 2017. Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words, written in English, French or Spanish, should be submitted before 7 March 2017 to Aedín Mac Devitt at aedin.macdevitt@icom.museum. Contributions will be on a voluntary basis.

For more information: http://icom.museum/media/museum-international/

NEXT ICOM-ITC TRAINING PROGRAMME TO BE HELD FROM 3 TO 11 APRIL 2017 IN BEIJING


The title of this eighth workshop is: My Museum, Your Museum: Developing Meaningful Experiences for Visitors of All Ages.

A number of renowned international experts will give lectures and conduct discussions and group work on museum topics such as children in museums and on how to develop meaningful experiences for visitors of all ages both inside and outside the museum. The programme will also include lectures by Chinese experts, and a full-day excursion will show participants around the best-known cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.

This ICOM-ITC training workshop in Beijing is intended for ICOM members from emerging countries and the Asia-Pacific region. ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum are pleased to award travel grants to international participants attending the training workshop. Please refer to the ICOM website for the types of grants available and the application procedure, before Saturday, 18 February 2017. Contact : Raphaël Roig (training@icom.museum).

For more information: ITC Training, procedures, application

IMD: ICOM IS HERE TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY


As 2017 gets under way, ICOM is continuing to prepare for International Museum Day. In November, it unveiled the IMD theme and official poster. Now we are issuing a call to all interested museums and institutions to take part in this special day!

The poster translation campaign is ongoing. Please send a translation of the theme Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums in your language to our IMD email address (imd@icom.museum) so our staff can provide you with updated communication tools for this event.

On our official website (http://imd.icom.museum), interested institutions can find all of the information they need to prepare for the event, including an interactive map showing all of the activities planned around this festive day.

For more info:
http://imd.icom.museum

[SAVE THE DATE] 2017 ICOM ANNUAL MEETINGS


As happens every June, museum professionals from around the world will gather in Paris for the ICOM Annual Meetings to share ideas and discuss the challenges facing museums today. This year’s meetings will be held from 7 to 9 June 2017 in Paris.

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