Conference 2019

FIHRM 2019

Active communities and global networks


 2-4 September

held during the ICOM 2019 General Conference, Kyoto, Japan

We are pleased to be part of the ICOM 2019 General Conference and will hold three sessions with a focus on human rights and their role in museums in line with the overall theme of ICOM 2019: Museums as cultural cubs: the future of tradition.  This overall theme highlights two key concepts:

  • Museums as “Networks” supporting collaborative partnerships with one another
  • Museums as “Cores” –invigorating communities at the local level

We will be looking at these themes more closely across three sessions in the context of promoting human rights, creating active communities and growing global networks.

1) Joint session with IC-MEMO:How museums say the unfathomable… voices from former colonial territories of Imperial Japan

We are delighted to be joining the International ICOM International Committee of museums for the remembrance of the victims of public crimes (IC-Memo) for this joint session:

In this session we will be looking at narratives on Imperial Army war crimes and its representation in museums. This is a call to museum professionals, especially from various parts of Asia, who can compare and contrast how the narratives of former colonial territories of Imperial Japan have evolved and been constructed in museums today.  

Submission Deadline for joint session: 10 March 2019

FIHRM will then host two further sessions:

2) Museums as cores: active communities

In this session we will consider how communities can become active citizens through museum programmes and initiatives.   Is it the duty of museums to actively engage in current issues including, human rights, discrimination, contested histories, and decolonisination?  Can museums make a difference? Whose stories should they tell? Current practices and examples will be particularly relevant.

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2019

3) International dialogue and human rights in museums – creating networks

Can museums be the catalyst to make a difference to local, national and international campaigns? In this session we will explore the importance of international dialogue between museum professionals and related organisations. What are the benefits of this international work and how can we best share skills and exchange knowledge about addressing challenging subjects and promoting human rights?

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2019

Call for Papers

We hereby would like to invite you to submit a proposal to our sessions. We wish to look at recent and current examples of progressive work in museums or related organizations.

  • You can submit proposals for case studies, research papers, under any of the above themes. Proposals should be no more than 300 words.
  • Please also submit a short biography of about 150-200 words.
  • All proposals must be submitted in English.

FIHRM is unable to offer bursaries for this conference, but will provide a letter of support for speakers to raise funds to help cover expenses.

Submit your proposal
Please send your proposal to Francoise McClafferty, FIHRM Coordinator at