NEMO 2019 Conference publication is out

NEMO’s European Museum Conference 2019 publication gathers texts from all speakers, slammers and workshop leaders. NEMO wants to inspire museums to lead the way and become key players in creating a sustainable and equitable future and planet. It is time for museums to step it up and dare to take action.

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Relevance 2020, Call of papers open until 20.10.2019

A good museum is one which I come out feeling better than when I went in (Kenneth Hudson) 

60th Annual Conference of the Estonian National Museum from 5.-7.05.2020 sets up sets up a discussion with this quote from Kenneth Hudson on the relevance of museums in the context of museum audiences, approaching museums as means of communication. A good museum is primarily one which provides good service to its visitors, interpreting widely the usefulness of a museum for the community. The number of excellent museums is increasing. Yet across the world, different studies indicate that the numbers of cultural and arts audiences are dropping, despite innovative approaches to cultural services and continuous professionalisation of cultural organisations. Are cultural institutions still relevant?

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MuMe publication

With the call of papers we also announced our intention to publish the conference papers in a form of an edited book or special issue(s). If you are interested in contributing to the publication, please submit an outline (of max 1000 words) of your article stating its focus, key arguments and research basis by June 6.

You will be informed about a specified publication plan (publisher(s), timeline etc) within a month time. A preliminary deadline for submission of articles is beginning of January 2020. The contact and for the submissions use


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Last minute change in ICOM ICME programme

There has been a last minute change in ICOM ICME programme. The keynote of prof Wayne Modest „Spaces of Care: Rethinking the (Ethnographic) Museum in the Global“ will take place on Wednesday 10.10 and keynote by dr Pille Runnel „Searching for Cultural Participation in Museum Practice“ will be on Friday 12.10 morning at 9:30. More on programme.

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Conference study trips are announced

We are happy to announce the conference study trips and post-conference tour programmes, please make your selection for 11.10 study trips from here and for Tallinn post-conference tour from here.

Conference travels are supported by European Union European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Estonia.

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The new issue of ICME News is available. This edition is focused on the forthcoming ICME conference in Tartu, Estonia. Read about the rich and interesting conference programme, as well as about the amazing new Estonian National Museum where the conference will take place. Besides conference news, there is much more in the ICME News.
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Kenneth Hudson Award at EMYA 2018 to Estonian National Museum

ICOM ICME's 51st Annual Conference host Estonian National Museum was awarded the Kenneth Hudson Award at EMYA 2018 in recognition for having demonstrated the most unusual, daring and, perhaps, controversial achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museum in the society and carries forward the spirit of Kenneth Hudson.

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Call for ICME Fellows

Applications are invited for three (3) ICME Fellows, who must be individual members of ICME from developing nations or ICME youth members (under 35 years of age), to join the 2018 ICME conference and post-conference tour.
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Call of papers open until 20.04.2018

ICOM ICME invites proposals for contributions to our 2018 annual conference, "Re-imagining the Museum in the Global Contemporary.” We invite you to join us in Estonia to reflect upon the complex context(s) in which museums exist today, and to creatively examine the range of new and future roles we might productively employ in our respective and interconnected institutions.

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