Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference taking place at Leeds Art Gallery on Thursday 12 March. ICOM members can purchase tickets at the discounted price of £49 (non-members price is £79). Book tickets now at https://wi2020.eventbrite.com
The theme for the conference is Can Museums and Galleries Save UK Diplomacy? Soft Power in Turbulent Times. It is organised by ICOM UK and the National Museums Directors’ Council with support from the British Council.
We have updated the programme with some of the confirmed speakers and will share more updates in the coming weeks. We will also share information about each speaker in the run-up to the conference.
10:30 – 11:00 Registration, refreshments, networking
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome and Introduction
11:10 – 11:55 Session 1: Setting the Scene
Session Chair: Kathryn Simpson, NMDC
Helen Jones, Director of Global Engagement and Strategy, Science Museum Group (SMG)
11:55 – 12:40 Session 2: Restitution and Decolonisation through the lens of soft power
Tonya Nelson, Chair of ICOM UK in conversation with Terry Simiote Nyambe, Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Livingstone Museum, Zambia and ICOM Executive Board.
12:40 – 13:55 Lunch and networking
13:25 – 13:55 ICOM UK Annual General Meeting
13:55 – 14:35 Session 3: Digital soft power
Session Chair: Arran Rees, ICOM UK
14:35 – 15:15 Session 4: Soft power in the next decade
Session Chair: Catherine McDermott, ICOM UK
Nick Marchand, Head of International, V&A
Paul Brummel, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
15:15 – 15:35 Break, refreshments, networking
15:35 – 16:10 Session 5: Soft power in action
16:10 – 16:40 Session 6: Where do we go from here?
Session Chair and Speakers as per Session 1.
16:40 – 16:45 Thank you and close of conference