Events

2021 Working Internationally Conference

Each year ICOM UK, in partnership with NMDC, organises the one-day Working Internationally Conference.  2021 will be a little different.  The Conference is a 3-day online event, with each day focussing on a major global issue:

  • Social Justice: Museum responses to decolonisation, restitution, Black Lives Matter, representation and youth 
  • Museums and Sustainability: Challenges of working in and responding to a changing climate 
  • The Future of Museums: Where are we now, and where do we go from here? 

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The 2021 Working Internationally Conference: Shifting Landscapes, Shifting Perspectives takes place in March 2021 at a time when major global issues such as the impact of Covid-19, climate crisis, Brexit, and social justice will see museums continuing to reconsider and reimagine their roles in a global and local context, and establish new ways of working.

The conference will bring together speakers from the UK and across the globe to share their insight and experience of responding to changes in the sector and the world around us.

Sessions take place at the same time on each day of the Conference.  We will continue to update the programme as speakers are confirmed and provide details for each session very shortly.  Networking and social sessions will also be added to the programme.

 

DAY 1 – Tuesday 16 March: Social Justice

10:00 – 10:10  Introduction

10:10 – 11:10  In Conversation Session

Richard Benjamin, Head of International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool and Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort Project at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

11:30 – 12:30 Live From Session + Q&A

Queer Britain, Joseph Galliano, Co-founder/CEO

14:00 – 15:00 Barker Langham Curated Session

Just Outcomes. Chaired by Paul Tourle, Senior Consultant, Barker Langham.

Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din, National Museum of African American History and Culture (USA), Subhadra Das, University College London (UK), Clara Paillard, PCS Union – Culture Group (UK).

16:00 – 17:00 Voices of the Future Session

Neil Griffiths, CEO, Arts Emergency and Dr Errol Francis, Culture& New Museum School

17:00 – 17:10 Summary of the day

 

DAY 2 – Wednesday 17 March: Museums & Sustainability

10:00 -10:10 Introduction

10:10 – 11:10 In Conversation Session

Nick Merriman, Director, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London and Baroness Natalie Bennett, Green Party Peer and Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin, Chair of The Elders.

11:30 – 12:30 Live From Session + Q&A

American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum, Nadine Panayot, Curator.

14:00 – 15:00 Barker Langham Curated Session

Responsive Futures (How do museums or cultural institutions collect amid chaos and disquiet?). Chaired by Jody Neal, Senior Consultant, Barker Langham.

Aaron Bryant, Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture (USA), Maria Hagstrup, Vesthimmerlands Museum (Denmark), Suzy Hakimian, Chair of ICOM Lebanon and Director of the Museum of Minerals at Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), Foteini Aravani, Digital Curator at the Museum of London and Curator, Guardians of Sleep at Museum of London (UK).

16:00 – 17:00 Voices of the Future Session

TBC

17:00 – 17:10 Summary of the day

 

DAY 3 – Thursday 18 March: The Future of Museums

10:00 -10:10 Introduction

10:10 – 11:10 In Conversation Session

Tonya Nelson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, ICOM UK Chair and Skindar Hundal, Director of Arts, British Council.

11:30 – 12:30 Live From Session + Q&A

Panama Canal Museum, Ana Elizabeth Gonzalez, Director.

14:00 – 15:00 Barker Langham Curated Session

Testaments from the Age of Humans. Chaired by Eleanor Suggett, Senior Consultant, Barker Langham

16:00 – 17:00 Voices of the Future Session

Student Panel: University College London and Leicester University

17:00 – 17:10 Summary of the day

 

The 2021 Working Internationally Conference is organised by ICOM UK in partnership with NMDC and with curatorial support from Barker Langham.

If you are a museum professional, please consider applying to join ICOM UK. Members of ICOM UK can register for the conference for free, as well as receive full membership benefits for a year and become part of ICOM’s global museum community. Details on membership and the eligibility criteria can be found on the ICOM UK website.

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