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.
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.
Phone: + 47 93246157
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.
Phone: +45 2876 0343
Andrea Kieskamp, Board Member
Andrea Kieskamp (1960) graduated in historical literature of the Netherlands (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, and specialized in Dutch overseas/colonial history with the focus on ancient travelogues. She works as an independent exhibition maker and education specialist. As a board member of ICOM Netherlands (2007-2013) she produced the book Sense and Sensitivity. The Dutch and Delicate Heritage Issues (2010). She organized several meetings on ethical subjects. From 2015–2019 she was Secretary of the Code of Ethics Committee for Museums at the Museums Association in The Netherlands.
Phone: +31 640506154
Armando Perla, Board Member
Armando Perla is part of the founding team in the new Rörelsernas Museum (The Swedish Museum of Migration and Democracy), in development in the city of Malmo, Sweden. He was also part of the founding team in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where he held the post of curator. In his museum work Armando has focused on co-curating exhibitions and programs with historically marginalized populations. He is currently developing the ethical guidelines to anchor the work of the Museum of Movements, in partnership with actors from the museum, academic and civil society sectors at the national and international levels.
Phone: +46 70 582 4447
Dr. Katrin N. Hieke, Board Member
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.
Phone: +49 228 24012795
Dr. Lidija Nikocevic, Board Member
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.
Phone: +44 7770 525291
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.
Phone: + 46 706199998
Dr. Valeria Pica, Board Member
Independent Museologist, she graduated at the University of Naples (Italy) and studied 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. Since 2016 she is the National Coordinator of the ICOM Committee for Education and Mediation; since 2018 she is the Coordinator of ICOM Abruzzo. The projects in the Abruzzo Region focus on the revitalization of small centres after natural hazards engaging 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 creation of a heritage community.
Phone: + 39 3493844383
Per Bjørn Rekdal, Observer (2019-2020)
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.
Phone: +47 91348160
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