Board Members

The Board of IC ETHICS manages the committee’s objectives and reports to the governing bodies of ICOM. The Board is elected for a period of three years at the ICOM General Conferences.

On 3rd of September 2019, the committee hold it’s first, constitutional meeting during the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto. In the picture are seven of the nine founding board members. From left to right: Lidija Nikočević (Croatia), Andrea Kieskamp (Netherlands), Katrin Hieke (Germany), Kathrin Pabst (Chair, Norway), Lina G. Tahan (UK/Lebanon), Armando Perla (Sweden/Canada) and Søren la Cour Jensen (Denmark). Image: IC Ethics

Our chairs, board members and observer for the term 2019-2022:

Dr. Kathrin Pabst, Chair

Dr. Kathrin Pabst is a German ethnologist, researcher, author and speaker, who is currently working as Project Leader for the international large-scale cooperation project “Identity on the Line” at the Vest-Agder Museum in Kristiansand, Norway.

She has broad experience in both practical and theoretical sides of working with challenging, sensitive or taboo-related subjects and holds a Ph.D. in professional ethics. Her doctoral dissertation focused on moral challenges museum employees might face when working with sensitive or challenging topics involving external cooperation.

She is a member and former Chair of ICOM Norway, and in charge of an on-going project about the concretization of ICOMs Code of Ethics for Norwegian museums.

Contact:
Email: k.pabst@vestagdermuseet.no
Phone: + 47 93246157

Tasks within IC Ethics:
Chair, working group IC Ethics Meeting Room

Søren la Cour Jensen, Vice Chair

Søren la Cour Jensen is the chair of ICOM Denmark and has been a member of the Disaster Risk Management Committee (2013-2019) and the Working Group for International Committees (2017-2019). He is senior curator and head of The House of Knud Rasmussen and Archives. His main focus is the history of the Danish Arctic Researcher and ethnologist Knud Rasmussen, his life and work, and the Greenlandic-Danish coexistence in the past, present and future. He has a Master’s degree in history and religious science and holds a Diploma in Museum Management. He is the chair of Blue Shield Denmark.

Contact:
Email: slc@indmus.dk
Phone: +45 2876 0343

Tasks within IC Ethics:
Vice Chair, Working group IC Ethics Meeting Room

Andrea Kieskamp, Board Member

Andrea Kieskamp graduated in historical literature of the Netherlands (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, and specialized in Dutch overseas/colonial history. She is an independent exhibition maker, education specialist and guest curator. As a board member of ICOM Netherlands she produced the book Sense and Sensitivity. The Dutch and Delicate Heritage Issues (2010). From 2015–2019 she was Secretary of the Code of Ethics Committee for Museums at the Museums Association in The Netherlands. She is vice-chair of Blue Shield Netherlands and works on a book on the protection of cultural heritage in the Netherlands in World War II.

Contact:
Email: andreakieskamp@live.nl
Phone: +31 640506154

Tasks within IC Ethics:
Secretary, working group Conference 2020

Armando Perla, Board Member

Armando Perla is a consultant, activist, and independent curator collaborating with museums, cultural institutions, and communities on issues of human rights and social inclusion in Canada and abroad.

On Sept. 1, 2021, he will start as Assistant Professor on Decolonization and Race in Museums and Heritage, Teaching Stream, with the Master of Museum Studies, Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He is a board member both at the Canadian Museums Association and at the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas (IC-Ethics). 

Perla was part of the founding teams of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Swedish Museum of Migration and Democracy. Since 2020, he has been an International Advisor on Museums, Human Rights and Social Inclusion for the City of Medellin, Colombia. Perla was also an adjunct professor both at the faculty of law at the University of Manitoba and in the Global College at the University of Winnipeg. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from l’Université Laval in Canada and a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden.

Prior to working in the museum sector, Perla held several roles in human rights organizations in North America, Latin America, and Europe. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Art History and Museology at the University of Montreal.

Contact:
Email: armandomuseos@outlook.com

Task within IC Ethics:
Working group Conference 2020

Dr. Lidija Nikočević, Board Member

Lidija Nikočević

Dr. Lidija Nikočević is a Croatian ethnologist. She started her career as a conservator in the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, and has been Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Istria for the past twenty-three years. Besides material culture, her primary focus has been on intangible culture, especially in the context of contemporary society, along with related ethical issues. Other fields of research have included the anthropology of borders and Istrian emigration.
Dr. Nikočević is actively engaged at national and international levels in professional museum and anthropological associations and committees. She was the Chair of ICOM Croatia and currently she serves on the Advisory Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

Contact:
Email: lnikocevic@gmail.com
Phone: +38 5915 428 618

Task within IC Ethics:
Working group Conference 2020

Dr. Lina G. Tahan, Board Member

Lina G. Tahan has completed a Ph.D. in archaeology and museum studies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is currently an affiliated scholar at the department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge and until recently a University Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology at the Lebanese University. Her research and teaching interests relate to: (1) the representation issues within Middle Eastern museums collections, exhibitions and visitors; (2) the history of collections and museum development in Lebanon within the political context; (3) the definition of heritage in Lebanon and how this links to identity formation and the creation of a sense of place; (4) the role of museums in fostering understanding in divided societies. She is an active member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a board member of the International Committee for Ethical Dilemmas. She is mainly working for promoting museums in the Arab World.

Contact:
Email: lgt20@cam.ac.uk
Phone: +44 7770 525291

Tasks within IC Ethics:
Working groups IC Ethics Meeting Room and Conference 2020

Lis-Mari Hjortfors, Board Member

Lis-Mari Hjortfors is a lulesami ethnologist and researcher. She also is an author and speaker. She works at the lulesami museum Árran in Drag, Norway. She works with documentation and interviews at Árran museum. She has worked with documentation projects and exhibitions for a couple of years and a lot of the projects have been about difficult issues about sensitive/taboo subjects. Lis-Mari now works on her doctoral dissertation about Laestadianism and identity in lulesami area in Sweden and Norway. She has a long experience in ethical questions in museums. She is a board member of the ICOM IC-Ethics committee and also a board member in the ethical advice board of the Sámi Parlament in Sweden.

Contact:
Email: lis-mari.hjortfors@arran.no
Phone: + 46 706199998

Dr. Valeria Pica, Board Member

Italian museologist and researcher, she graduated at the University of Naples and furthered her studies in Paris, Rome, and Copenhagen. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Museology at the University of Malta researching museum identity and collective memory.

She has been working since 2001 in museums and cultural institutions as an educator devoting a special focus on social and historical connections of cultural heritage. In 2017 she moved to the Abruzzi Region to develop culture-based projects for the revitalization of small centres after natural hazards; she has engaged a deep reflection on memory and time of change as keys to interpret the present and recover the collective history meant a cornerstone for the making of a heritage community. As a Post Doc Research Fellow at the GSSI in L’Aquila, she is researching on sociology of culture working on a new taxonomy for cultural and creative economies.

Contact:
Email: valpica@gmail.com
Phone: + 39 3493844383

Task within IC Ethics:
Treasurer, working groups IC Ethics Meeting Room and Conference 2020

Ivalo Katrine Birthe Foget Olsvig – SoMe manager

Ivalo Olsvig holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Greenlandic & Arctic Studies with specialization in Museology from The University of Copenhagen.

Ivalo is a curator at The House of Knud Rasmussen and employed on the EU project Identity on the Line, supported by the EU-program Creative Europe. Ivalo also works as a consultant and public speaker in her own company Ivalo Olsvig.

Ivalo was previously employed at The National Museum of Denmark, The Brumleby Museum and The Natural History Museum of Denmark. In addition, Ivalo Olsvig is on the support committee in Denmark for The Greenland Christmas Seal and SoMe-Manager for ICOM Ethics.

Contact: ikbfo@hotmail.com


Past Members

Dr. Katrin N. Hieke, Board Member (2019-2020)

Katrin Hieke is an independent museum professional and cultural manager. She works for a vast array of projects, from curating exhibitions with local communities to creating and running regional and international museum networks. She is member of the Committee on Education of the German Cultural Council. From 2014 to 2019, she was board member of ICOM Germany and chair of the editorial board of the ICOM International Conference “Difficult Issues” in Helsingborg (Sweden) in 2017, where the idea of creating an International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas was presented and discussed for the first time.

Contact:
Email: kh@katrinhieke.de
Phone: +49 228 24012795

Tasks within IC Ethics:
Communications and Networks

Per Bjørn Rekdal, Observer (Fall 2019- Spring 2020)

Per Bjorn Rekdal

Per Bjørn Rekdal has a research degree in anthropology from the University of Oslo. Rekdal has done research, exhibited and published on topics like stereotypes and tourism in Africa, the aesthetics of war, museums and cultural diversity, museums and difficult issues. He is presently emeritus at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Among past positions is director of the Museum of Ethnography, University of Oslo. In ICOM he has among other been chair of ICOM Norway, chair of ICME, member of the ICOM Executive Board and chair of the Working Group on Governance. In 2019 he was elected honorary member of ICOM. ​Since 2020 he is member of ETHCOM as well as the International Committees Working Group.

Contact:
Email: p.b.rekdal@khm.uio.no
Phone: +47 91348160


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