ICOM ICME 51st Annual Conference 9th – 12th Oct 2018, Tartu, Estonia
Re-imagining the Museum in the Global Contemporary
Estonian National Museum, Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu, Estonia
Post-conference tours to Tallinn (13th Oct) and Helsinki, Finland (14th – 15th Oct)


Tuesday, 9.10.2018

9:00-10:30 Registration

10:30 Opening and Welcome Address
Viv Golding, ICOM ICME President
Alar Karis, Estonian National Museum Director

11:00 Keynote 1, Chair Viv Golding
Andrea Witcomb, From ‘a Place for All of Us’ to a Place that Explores ‘What It Is to Be Human’: Museums in the Age of Global Mobilities

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 1: Museums and the World at Stake, Chair Viv Golding
Denis Chevallier, Museum and Anthropocene: an Exhibition on Waste in the Museum for European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Marseilles)
Pauline van der Zee, How to Engage in Decolonizing the Museum?
Anette Rein, The New Weltmuseum Wien and Some Inherent Conflict Zones as Future Challenges

14:30 Coffee and tea

15:00 Session 2: Cooperation and Partnership, Chair Mario Buletić
Jason Baird Jackson, Lessons from a Partnership Linking a Network of Chinese and American Museums of Ethnography
Thomas Laely, Why Do African and European Museums Cooperate? Re-imagining a Paradigm of Knowledge Production and Partnership

15:45 Lightning Talks and Poster Presentations, Chair Mario Buletić
Elena Eltc, Elena Dyakova, Reflecting on Skansens in the Post-Soviet States
Nikolay Nenov, Images of the Local Community in the Focus of the Museum
Irena Bokova, Cultural landscapes and the Museum - in Search of a Dialogue with the Local Communities
Iskren Velikov, Heritage and Local Communities along the River Yantra in Central Northern Bulgaria
Tatjana Bugarski, Curating Rituals: Challenges and Experiences in Time Perspective

16:00 Coffee and tea

16:30 Session 3: Migration and Belonging, Chair Ulf Dahre
Jason A. Falkenburg, Issues with Moving Heritage: Stave Church Portals and Museum Practices
Olga Zabalueva, "It's the right who belong in a museum": Ethnographies of Popular Movements in the Museum Context
Ivan Grinko, Anna Shevtsova, Moscow Museums and Migrants: Problems and Prospects of Interaction

17:30 Coffee and tea

17:45 Session 4: Museums and the Digital, Chair Ulf Dahre
Abdelrahman Othman, Is it time for new approach at Ethnographic museums in Egypt: A Case Study
Kristel Rattus, Displaying Cultural Heritages with Digital Means: The Case of Estonian National Museum’s Core Exhibition “Encounters”
Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, “But what can I DO there?” – Discussing Affordances of Digital Museum Space

19:00 Opening Reception at the Estonian National Museum

Wednesday, 10.10.2018

9:30 Keynote 2: Wayne Modest, Spaces of Care: Rethinking the (Ethnographic) Museum in the Global Contemporary

11:00 Coffee and tea

11:30 Session 5: Object Focus, Chair Pauline van der Zee
Austra Ziļicka, Researching and Communicating Ethnographic Collections – Experiments and Shared Knowledge
Gudrun Bucher, Researching Collecting – Objects and their Impact on the Formation of Ethnography
Jaanika Vider, From Ethnographic Present to Presence: Re-imagining the Siberian Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 6: The Affective Museum, Chair Tone Cecilie Simensen Karlgård
Anna Vestergaard Jørgensen, The Museum and its Discontents. Rethinking the Museum through Discomforting Affects
Erica Lehrer, Awkward Objects of Genocide: Vernacular Arts and Holocaust Memory in and beyond Polish Ethnographic Museums
Mischa Twitchin, On “a Discourse Related to the Historical Dynamics of its Time” (Araeen)

14:30 Coffee and tea

15:00 Session 7: Collections, Representations and Cultural Dynamics, Chair Mari Mathiesen
Wycliffe Oloo, Knowledge and Power: Objectification of Representations Associated with Site Museums
Kyung Hyo Chun, Representations of the Divided Minjok: The Presence and Absence of North Korea at the National Museum of Korea
Kim Tao, Migration, Memory and Material Culture: The Australian National Maritime Museum in the Global Contemporary

Group picture

16:00-18:00 Behind the scenes tours of the Estonian National Museum
Tour 1: Curators’ tour of the Encounters exhibition, Curator Kristel Rattus (30 places)
Tour 2: Curators’ tour of the Echo of the Urals exhibition, Curator Art Leete (Professor of Ethnology, University of Tartu)
Tour 3: Conservation department and collections, Head of Conservation Departement Kristiina Piirisild, Collection Keeper Kadri Vissel (20 places)
Tour 4: Cultural heritage study centre, Curator Liisi Jääts

Thursday, 11.10.2018

9:00 Keynote 3: Philipp Schorch, Conceptualising Curatopia

10:30 Session 8: Visitor Engagement, Chair Martin Earring
Nadzeya Charapan, The heterogeneity of Ethnographic Mirrors: Changing Relationship between Open-air Museums and their Visitors
Tim McNeil, Adrienne McGraw, Reclaiming Diversity: Curiosity and the Layered Exhibition
Peter Ride, Multisensory Engagement and the Transcultural Object

12:00 Study trips
Route 1: Setomaa
Route 2: Peipsimaa
Route 3: Tartu City Museums

Friday, 12.10.2018

9:30 Keynote 4, Chair Jason Baird Jackson
Pille Runnel, Searching for Cultural Participation in Museum Practice

11:00 Coffee and tea

11:30 Session 9: Ownership: Whose Knowledge Whose Truth?, Chair Mari Mathiesen
Leif Pareli, Káren Elle Gaup, Re-imagining a Collection in the Global Contemporary: How the Bååstede Repatriation Project May Benefit Indigenous Museums Worldwide
Katri Hirvonen-Nurmi, The Hows of Truth-telling and the Voices of “Future Curators”: Lessons from Indigenous Mexico

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 10: Museums and Stakeholders, Chair Laurie Kalb Cosmo
Mario Buletić, Re-imagining Local Culture in the Era of a Mass Tourism-driven Society
Kayte McSweeney, Can there be Comfort in Collaboration? Considering the Impact of Community Partnerships on Museum Practice at the British Museum
Patoo Cusripituck, Jitjayang Yamabhai, The Next Text in the Ethnographic Exhibition: A Sustainability of a Disruptive Life-World

14:30 Coffee and tea

15:00 Session 11: Shared Knowledge, Shared Power, Shared Authority, Chair Agnes Aljas
Regina Faden, Sharing Authority Can Be Rewarding: The More you Give the More you Get
Martin Earring, Voicing the Voiceless: The National Native American Veterans Memorial, Oral History Project
Tone Cecilie Simensen Karlgård, Escaping King Leopold’s Ghost – Shifting Positions and Shared Knowledge Production

16:00 Final Discussion

16:15 Coffee and tea

16:30 ICOM ICME Annual Meeting

19:00 Closing Reception at the Estonian National Museum

Saturday, 13.10.2018

Sunday, Monday 14.-15.10