Conference 2017

FIHRM 2017: Museums, Democracy and Human Rights
Challenges and dilemmas in storytelling

28-30 November 2017

Museo Internacional para la Democracia Rosario, Argentina


Museums dealing with human rights are increasingly prominent around the world. These museums often deal with difficult, and sometimes recent, histories and address challenging subjects such as oppression, abuse, conflict, discrimination, or censorship. How do these museums capture the interest of the public? What can they do to ensure the younger generations understand the extent of what has happened, and the consequences in today’s society?

Despite some lessons learnt from the past, there are still many people and communities whose rights are being violated every day. Wars, dictatorships, exiles, exterminations, slavery, discrimination, exclusion are some of the issues that occupy a central place in the narratives of human rights museums.

The aim is not only to talk of the past and its legacy, but also the political and social circumstances that have brought about the very creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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A series of presentations from the conference are available to download:

Challenges and dilemmas in storytelling
David Fleming, FIHRM President, Director, National Museums Liverpool

Let me tell you a story
Jocelyn Dodd, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester,UK

Towards a Language of Transformation in the Human Rights Museum
Jennifer Bergevin, PhD Researcher at School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Here’s where the story ends: My transition from curator to activist
Dr Adele Chynoweth, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, The Australian National University, Australia

A museum with no home: building a museum outside in
Adam Levin, Chair, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance Western Australia, Australia

Nation and democracy at iconic national monuments
Torleif R. Hamre, Eidsvoll 1814, Norway

¿Todo esta guardado en la memoria? Los usos de la memoria del Holocausto en la Argentina a través de un museo (Presentacion)   y Articolo Completo
Wanda Wechsler, Museo del Holocausto de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Museo y educadores sociales: una evaluación de impacto realizada por la Pinacoteca de São Paulo
Gabriela Aidar, Área de Educación, Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo, Brasil

Digital art, storytelling and the museum: Multimedia representations of memory and conflict  (English & Español)
Claire Taylor & Ailsa Peate, University of Liverpool, UK




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