ICOM-ICME/2012/Namibia (ICME Annual Conference 2012) 12-14 September, 2012 & Post-Conference Tour 15-18 September
ICME/2012/Namibia was co-hosted by the ICOM National Committee for Namibia and the Museums Association of Namibia. The National Museum of Namibia, National Heritage Council of Namibia and UNESCO have all been invited to be co-hosts of the Conference.
ICME (the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography) is an international committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) devoted to ethnography (ethnology, anthropology, folk) museums focusing on local, national and international cultures. ICME is concerned with the challenges facing ethnographic museums and collections in a changing world.
ICME will hold its 2012 annual conference on 12-14 September, at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia, in collaboration with the ICOM Namibia and Museums Association of Namibia. Final details of the ICME conference are forthcoming; the general format of the annual meeting will consist of paper and discussion sessions and excursions to museums and cultural sites in the area. ICME/2012/Namibia will offer a great opportunity to showcase Namibia to an international audience of museum workers
2012 Conference Theme
"Commodifying Culture? Cultural Villages and Living Museums"
Museums are increasingly conscious that many artifacts should not simply be displayed as art. Objects need to be contextualised within the framework of the intangible cultural heritage that provides them with meaning. Ethnographic exhibitions and museums strive to present a context that adds depth to the of an object and to reflect the dynamic nature of culture. In Namibia and other countries there has been much debate about the best way to `preserve and `display culture since it is such a fundamental aspect of a community`s identity. How should museums reflect cultural diversity in a way that preserves tradition, but also recognizes the dynamism of living cultures?
On the one hand, museums have sought to develop new exhibitions that have moved beyond the static presentation of objects in glass cabinets using audio-visuals to show the vibrancy of cultural heritage. These new forms of representation also showcase `living tradition and aspects of continuity and change within traditional rituals, dance, music and oration.
However, another approach presents an alternative format for the preservation and preservation of intangible cultural heritage (in particular). One of the major developments which has transformed the travellers experience of communities they encounter have been initiatives to create spaces where communities `speak for themselves and provide musical performances and craft demonstrations to visitors. The initiatives have often labelled themselves as `Cultural Villages or `Living Museums. The formula has many variations; critics complain that people at these centres are turned into exhibits, while advocates argue the opposite , that such centres empower communities and provide them with the opportunity to present and preserve their own intangible cultural heritage. The issue also raises questions about the relationship between Museums of Ethnology and the communities that they represent.
International Committee of Museums of Ethnography - Annual Conference ICME/2012/Namibia, Windhoek, 12th-14th September, 2012
WEDNESDAY, September 12
Mr. Aaron Nambadi, Chairperson, Museums Association of Namibia
The Challenges of Collecting Culture: Living Museums and Traditional Villages
Dr. Anette Rein (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), The performance of culture and tradition: Are living museums part of a global theatre?
11:15 12:45 Session II
Michael Uusiku Akuupa (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), Museums and Living Museums in Post-apartheid Namibia: A critical review
Dr. Lidija Nikočević (Ethnographic Museum of Istria, Pazin, Croatia), The ideal Istrian village: An imagined rural past
2:00 - Session III
Dr. Baerbel Kerkhoff-Hader (Professor, University of Bamberg), Open Air Museums in Germany and the Performance of Culture
Kunwook Lee (Curator, National Folk Museum of Korea), Experiments to Exhibit Things that are Intangible: A Study of Special Exhibitions; Arirang and Multiculture
THURSDAY, September 13
Olefile Letsebe & Botho Modukanele (Botswana National Museum, Botswana), The Living Museum and Cultural Villages: Revival of Traditional Cultures in Botswana
Kiwon Yi (National Folk Museum of Korea, Republic of Korea), Commodifying Culture through Intangible Heritage in the National Folk Museum of Korea
Galia Gavish (retired curator, Israel), The Sheba Connection
Kaingu Kalume Tinga (National Museums of Kenya), The Malindi Cultural Museum: Challenges for the 21st Century
Heidi McKinnon (Curators Without Borders), Evolving Responsibilities: Social Relevance and Expanding Museum Constituencies
Silvia Forni (Royal Ontario Museum, Canada), A museum fit for a king: Art, heritage and politics in the Cameroonian Grasslands
Free evening for other participant
FRIDAY, September 14
Laurie Kalb Cosmo (Art History Faculty, Temple University, Rome, Italy), The History of Exhibiting Africa in Italy
Dr. Lydia Icke-Schwalbe (State Museum for Ethnography, Dresden, Germany), The changing concept of the museum: From colonial collections to the preservation of cultural heritage
Mario Buletic (Ethnographic Museum of Istria, Pazin, Croatia), Mediating culture in the frame of everyday life practices
Viv Golding (School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK), Museum Theatre and live interpretation in UK Museums
Martin Tindi (National Museums of Kenya), Museum, Peacemaking and conflict Resolution
Summary: ICME President
Post conference tour program
15th-18th September, 2012