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Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures


  • Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria St, Gardens Cape Town, 8001 South Africa (map)

The Commonwealth Association of Museums' 2020 Triennial International Conference will explore issues of difficult histories in post-colonial societies.

Sessions will explore the ways in which museums can enact social change through addressing decolonisation, reconciliation and community engagement. Pre-conference workshops will be organised on collections management and preventative conservation of human remains and sacred belongings with ICOM ICME and on interpreting difficult history: curation and education with ICOM ICTOP and ICOM CECA. The conference will include opportunities to visit local museums and heritage sites, including the Slave Lodge, Robben Island, and the District Six Museum. Session themes will include decolonising the museum; legacies of empire; trauma and memory; human remains and sacred artefacts; community engagement; and reconciliation.

Call for papers: 30 June 2019 (Further details here)
Price: TBC

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Earlier Event: January 28
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