Call For Papers | Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development

ICOM-ICTOP is very pleased to announce it will hold its annual conference in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, Oct. 21-25, 2014. It will be an intensive Professional Development Program in partnership with ICOM Vietnam, Vietnam Ministry of Culture and Tourism, ICOM MINOM, and the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum with the support of the ICOM Asia Pacific Alliance.

This is a remarkable opportunity to join with Asia Pacific colleagues, Inclusive Museum and Vietnam colleagues to address pressing issues in sustainability, professional development, appropriate museology and capacity building. Applied heritage workshops will include:

  • Museums and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Planning for Growth – City Museums
  • Ecomuseology and Sustainable Development
  • Ethnology Museums in Southeast Asia
  • Interpreting Legacies
  • Art Museums and Aesthetics

Call For Papers: Deadline August 29 2014

Context: The recent debates on rethinking museums and collections are challenging hegemonic notions of museology and the conventional approaches to capacity building in museums. Further, questions of museum development world-wide, professional development, and future appropriate directions are yet to be addressed either in ICOM or other circles.

Questions re: Professional Development

  • How is your professional offering addressing questions of sustainable development within the context of museology/museum studies?
  • What would you like to learn or offer in order to reflect inclusive, regionally representative critical museological discourse?
  • How can ICOM and ICTOP better engage the concerns of the BRICS countries, the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the new UN post 2015 Development Agenda?
  • What are the implications of the SDGs for curriculum and the educational work of the profession?
  • How does an inclusive and sustainable museology work in capacity building?

We invite 15-20 minute papers (talks) related to how the museum/heritage profession and professional development has/can address sustainability through the lens of inclusion, capacity building, and appropriate or progressive museology in action.

Please submit an 80 word proposal along with a 30 word resume for review by July 25, 2014, to: Darko Babic, Ph. D., University of Zagreb, ICTOP Treasurer, cc


Guiding documents

ICOM 2013 Resolutions 4 and 6 from Rio

RESOLUTION NO. 4 addresses: Museums, Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion: Benchmarking against the ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter, Shanghai 2010

RESOLUTION NO. 6 addresses: Viability and Sustainability of Museums

ICOM Code of Ethics; ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter (PDF); and Rio +20 & UN Post 2015 Development Agenda material.

“More of the Same Will Not do”

Ban-ki Moon, UN Secretary General, June 2012  (Rio+20)