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    Museums through the local gaze

    Museums through the local gaze

    II International Museum Conference “Sustainable Dialogues" will take place from 6 to 9 September 2017 in the State Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg. The conference is dedicated to the theme: “Museums through the local gaze”.

    Organizers: Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM Russia), Ministry of Сulture of the Russian Federation, State Hermitage Museum, The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO, DutchCulture, Foundation of Amsterdam Museums (SAM)

    Concept note

    Any museum regardless the type, size and juridical status is obviously situated in a particular territory and, thus, connected to local life and communities. They are primary sites for cultural exchange and civic dialogues concerned with community interests. Museums are increasingly valued by the society for their ability to redistribute wealth in the form of access to scientific, cultural and artistic resources, mitigating the culture gap that arises from income disparities. However, the work with local communities is not an easy task. There are multiple audiences with various needs and expectations. Within this conference, we seek to exchange knowledge and experience between Russian and Dutch museums on how they interact and built partnership with communities as well as address ongoing challenges connected to this work.

    More about the conception.

    Preliminary schedule
    6 September - participants arrival
    7-8 September - work sessions including:
    Plenary sessions: Museum as a Platform for Education and Mediation of Social Relations
    Section 1: Museums as Agents of Social Inclusion
    Section 2: Museum as Local Economy Driver
    9 September - cultural program

    We welcome participation of Dutch museum specialists in the conference. For more information, please contact Ruben Eijkelenberg (r.eijkelenberg@dutchculture.nl), Russian advisor at DutchCulture.
    Additional information:
    Read about I International Museum Conference “Sustainable Dialogues" here.