Conference 2016

FIHRM – INTERCOM conference 2016

The ethical museum

4-6 July 2016

Milan, Italy

Held during the ICOM 2016 General Conference on Museums and Cultural Landscapes

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 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
Camilo Sanchez, National Museum of Colombia

The new Museum Tommaso Crudeli and Article 18 of the Universal Decaration for Human Rights
Kathy Burton & Raoul Crudeli, Institute of Historical Studies Tommaso Crudeli, Italy

The International Network of women’s & gender museums (Presentation Slides)
The International Network of women’s & gender museums (Paper)
Astrid Schönweger, International Association of Women’s Museums

The making of the Museum for International Democracy – changing politics 
Susana Meden, Museo 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.

Read a version of David’s Fleming address or watch the panel session on YouTube.

Download the ICOM Memorial Lectures – Museums and Cultural Landscapes

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

Read the ICOM_Memorial Lectures 2016 PDF