CAMOC (Museums of Cities) goes to Mexico City

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CAMOC members recently gathered in Mexico City for an annual meeting devoted to “Museums of Cities and Contested Urban Histories”

On 30-31 October, Mexico’s Palacio Nacional—its courtyard decorated for that nation’s annual Dia de los Muertos commemoration—provided the backdrop for the annual conference of CAMOC, ICOM’s International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities.

With 50 presenters representing more than 20 countries, this year’s CAMOC meeting proved one of the group’s largest and most diverse to date. The programme committee’s chosen theme, “Museums of Cities and Contested Histories”, was both broad enough (in its global relevance) and specific enough (in its intellectual focus) to draw participants into dialogues that extended easily from formal paper sessions to coffee-break chat and, especially key for the members of this group, organised tours and informal city walks.

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CAMOC is a forum for professionals working in or interested in museums about cities. This Committee allows them to share knowledge and experience, exchange ideas and explore partnerships across international boundaries. CAMOC seeks to stimulate dialogue and co-operation between museums by supporting and encouraging them in the collection, preservation and presentation of original material related to the past, present and future of the city, reinforcing the city's identity and contributing to its development. Activities include regular annual meetings, working groups, publication of proceedings of meetings and newsletters, etc.

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