Online Kick off Event
Towards a new Museum Definition
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
08:00 PST – 10:00 CST – 11:00 EST- 17:00 CET
Welcome to a Kick Off Event for input for a new museum definition!
On Thursday, 10th of December, ICOM presented a new way forward towards a new museum definition. Under the lead of Lauran Bonilla-Merchav and Bruno Brulon, ICOM Define is working with an inclusive approach, transparent methodology and openness all steps of the way towards a new definition of a museum. The process is aiming to arrive at the next ICOM General Conference in 2022 with a museum definition proposal to be submitted for a vote. In advance, four rounds of consultation with all members will be conducted.
IC Ethics hereby invites all our members to a Kick Off Event with Lauran Bonilla-Merchav. Here, you will be provided with all input needed to know to make your voice be heard while discussing this crucial topic.
Save the date and check out ICOMs member space for more information about the process and all relevant documents:
Call for Moderators
Are you a museum professional interested in or dealing with an ethical dilemma? Would you like to discuss this with your colleagues? We invite you to be a moderator of our virtual open platform dicussions!
Please find all information below or on our IC Ethics Meeting Room page.
(French and Spanish versions are coming soon!)
IC Ethics Meeting Room
Dominant political power influencing museums’ programs
Since many museums are often symbols of status, power and prestige of nations and regions, it is not uncommon that state or local politics endeavour to influence their programs. Even more so, some museums might be perceived as instruments of dominant political power. In some cases, especially those where museums serve patriotic educational purposes, nationalistic messages might be spread through their activities. That arouses many ethnical questions concerning muted voices, disregarded themes or ideologically appropriated interpretations.
Moderator: Dr. Lidija Nikočević, Board Member of IC Ethics
More information about the IC Ethics Meeting Room series, following and previous events as well as the recordings of the introductions >> on this page.
current challenges for the management and leadership of ICOM International
IC Ethics, among many other International and National Committees of ICOM, Regional Alliances, Standing Committees and Working Groups is fully supportive of ICOMs recent work advancing transparency, inclusion, diversity, democracy and sustainability, and we encourage all ICOM members and the leadership to continue and strengthen the work.
Following worrying developments, IC Ethics issued an open letter to the President, Executive Board and General Director of ICOM in June 2020:
Information on current developments, the correspondence between the committees and the leadership, as well as a large number of documents are now gradually available to all members of ICOM in the members area https://icom-museum.force.com/.
About IC Ethics
As dedicated museum professionals and ICOM members, we see the need for a broad and open debate about ethical dilemmas. With the new importance of museums as societal actors, ethical dilemmas are among the most relevant working fields. We believe that IC Ethics will be an essential and important addition to the International Committees of ICOM.
As an International Committee, it will be an open forum on ethical dilemmas for all museum professionals, a forum for reflection, discussion and sharing, thereby helping museum professionals to make more informed choices.
IC Ethics has been officially founded in Kyoto/Japan on Tuesday, 4th of September 2019, after being approved by the ICOMs Executive Board in July 2019. The initiators have received 171 Letters of Support from 38 different countries and four continents. In addition, five National Committees have supported the initiative with written statements.
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