History

September 2019

The International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas (IC Ethics) was officially founded in Kyoto/Japan on Tuesday, 3rd of September 2019.  At the constitutional meeting the first board was elected for the term 2019-2022:

  • Chair: Kathrin Pabst (Norway)
  • Vice-Chair: Søren la Cour Jensen (Denmark)
  • Board Members: Lidija Nikočević (Croatia), Andrea Kieskamp (Netherlands), Katrin N. Hieke (Germany), Lina L. Tahan (UK/Libanon), Armando Perla (Sweden/Canada), Lis-Mari Hjortfors (Norway), Valeria Pica (Italy)
  • Observer: Per Bjørn Rekdal (Norway)

Per Bjørn Rekdal was elected Honorary Member of ICOM by the ICOM General Assembly 2019 in Kyoto/Japan and could thus not be elected to the board. He therefore was asked to act as observer.

Read more about our current board here.

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 L.Tahan (UK/Libanon), Armando Perla (Sweden/Canada) and Søren la Cour Jensen (Denmark). Image: IC Ethics

July 2019

After having received 171 Letters of Support from museum professionals from 38 different countries on four continents, plus supporting statements from five National Committees, a formal application for founding the committee was submitted to ICOM’s secretariat in February 2019. The ICOM Executive Board approved the application on the 21st of July 2019, with a trial period of 3 years.

September 2017

A working group consisting of Per Bjørn Rekdal, Kathrin Pabst (ICOM Norway) and Søren la Cour Jensen (ICOM Denmark) presented first drafts at the ICOM International Conference “Difficult Issues” in Helsingborg in September 2017 .  

Per Bjørn Rekdal, Kathrin Pabst (ICOM Norway) and Søren la Cour Jensen (ICOM Denmark) at ICOM International Conference in Kyoto, September 2019. Image: Kathrin Pabst

April 2017

The initiative for a new ICOM International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas startet in April 2017, based on an idea of Per Bjørn Rekdal (Norway).