FIHRM- INTERCOM conference 2016:
The ethical museum
4-6 July 2016
Held during the ICOM 2016 General Conference on Museums and Cultural Landscapes
About the conference
FIHRM and INTERCOM (ICOM International Committee on Management) joined forces once again to hold a meeting on the current thinking in museum ethics under the overall ICOM Conference theme of Museums and Cultural Landscapes.
The joint session considered the political, social and economic landscapes of museums and the ethical challenges that these might pose. Amongst a wide and varied programme (PDF) delivered over the two day event, some of the main issues considered were; what are the implications for managing museums successfully? What obligation does the museum have to its governing body? And to the public? How can a museum code of ethics support museums to resolve some of these conflicts?
It also looked at current museum thinking in managing the external environment and considered international case studies concerned with ethical dilemmas such as sponsorship, illicit trafficking, migration, and human rights.
Read some of the papers
A series of presentations from the conference are available to download here:
Manichean Museums (PDF)
Camilo Sanchez, National Museum of Colombia
The new Museum Tommaso Crudeli and Article 18 of the Universal Decaration for Human Rights (PDF)
Kathy Burton & Raoul Crudeli, Institute of Historical Studies Tommaso Crudeli, Italy
Women's Museums are Important for Women's Education, Empowerment and Self-Confidence (PDF) and Presentation Slides (PDF)
Astrid Schönweger, International Association of Women's Museums
The making of the Museum for International Democracy - changing politics (PDF)
Susana Meden, Museu para la Democracia Internacional, Argentina
Also of interest from the ICOM General Conference
The social role of museums: new migrations, new challenges
FIHRM President David Fleming, addressed the ICOM General Conference at a joint plenary panel discussing the Social role of museums: new migrations, new challenges.
ICOM Memorial Lectures - Museums and Cultural Landscapes (PDF)
This session of memorial lectures is a series of memorial lectures organised jointly by a number of ICOM National and International Committees. The memorial lectures were first delivered during the ICOM General Conference in Vienna in 2007.
This year the lectures were dedicated in memory of Syrian museum colleagues who suffered violent deaths while on duty: Qassem Abdallh Yehya (1978-2015) and Khaled al Asaad (1934-2015).
The lectures have now been published in an online reader and include:
- ICOM 70 Years Jubilee Lecture
- Fourth Alma Wittlin Memorial Lecture
- Stephen E Weil Memorial Lecture