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Book Review: Cosmopolitan Ambassadors

This article was released in the ICOM Canada September 2019 e-newsletter on Cultural Diplomacy. See more articles from this issue here. Simge Erdogan (Queen’s University)  Cosmopolitan Ambassadors: International Exhibitions, Cultural Diplomacy and the Polycentral Museum by Lee Davidson and Leticia Pérez Castellanos   What is an international exhibition? How can museums work internationally through international exhibitions? What roles do international exhibitions play in our society? Cosmopolitan Ambassadors is a treasure trove of theory, practice, exploration, and insight, which provides in-depth answers to these questions. Authors Lee Davidson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Leticia Pérez Castellanos (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico) examine international exhibitions as mobile contact zones which not only mobilize objects but also people, ideas, and experiences around intercultural understanding and a cosmopolitan worldview. To read the full book review, please click here.  The book starts with a rich discussion of the history, issues, and models of international exhibitions which are put against [...]

From Decolonization to Indigenization: the Road to Equality

A version of this presentation was given September 2, 2019 by ICOM Canada Board member, Michèle Rivet, C.M. at the 25th ICOM General Assembly in Kyoto, Japan. Michèle's presentation was part of the "Decolonisation and Restitution: Moving towards a more holistic perspective and relational approach" panel (Session 1) moderated by Afşin Altayli (ICOM Secretariat) and Tonya Nelson (Chair, ICOM UK). The presentation spanned two rounds of talks. From Decolonization to Indigenization: The Road to Equality I would like to thank my ICOM Canada colleagues for their contributions, and to Marie Lalonde, Board chair, and the others attending here today. ICOM’s potential contribution to the process of decolonizing museums and museology lies in formal and informal exchanges and collaborations between Canadian Members, within International Committees, and with ICOM members from countries that are, like Canada, in the process of decolonizing their museums. In 2016, Indigenous peoples in Canada constituted over 1.6 [...]

ICOM Canada Events at Kyoto 2019

Are you attending the International Council of Museums General Assembly in Kyoto in September 2019? Join ICOM Canada for two special events on September 2: ICOM Canada members are invited to attend the Americas Breakfast Roundtable at ICOM Kyoto 2019. Join colleagues from ICOM US and ICOM Latin America/Caribbean for a discussion on ICOM activities and opportunities for working together throughout the Americas. 7:30-8:30 at the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto Near Kyoto International Conference Centre Iwakura Hataedachō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8505, Japan ICOM Canada members are also invited to attend ICOM Canada Board member Michèle Rivet's presentation as part of the "Decolonization and Restitution - Moving towards a more holistic perspective and relational approach" panel. Michèle is presenting in Session 1 from 14:30-16:00. Please RSVP for either of these events by August 29 by sending your name, title, affiliation, international committee (if applicable), email address, and (international) phone number to:

ICOM Canada Proposal to Postpone Museum Definition Vote

On August 19, 2019, the ICOM Canada Board of Directors sent the following proposal to Ms. Suay Aksoy (President, ICOM) and Mr. Peter Keller (Director General, ICOM). The proposal echoes and supports other invitations to postpone the Extraordinary General Assembly, namely calls from the ICOM Europe Regional Alliance. RE: ICOM Canada Board of Directors Proposal for Postponement of ICOM Extraordinary General Assembly, September 7, 2019. WHEREAS, ICOM MUSEUMS MUSÉES CANADA (ICOM Canada) represents a dedicated group of Canadian museum professionals and scholars who are passionate about museums and international networking; WHEREAS, the ICOM Kyoto 2019 General Conference plans to adopt a new museum definition at an Extraordinary General Assembly scheduled for September 7, 2019; WHEREAS, many national and international ICOM Committees have put forward an invitation to postpone the ICOM Extraordinary General Assembly in order to continue, with the National and International Committees, the reflection on a new museum definition; [...]

September 2019 E-Newsletter – Call for Content Submissions

The ICOM Canada Board invites submissions for ICOM Canada’s new e-newsletter. The e-newsletter, distributed three times each year, features news items and short highlight articles, longer feature articles, and photographs or other media relating to ICOM Canada, ICOM’s international committees,  and/or other related ICOM initiatives.  Long-form articles for this issue will explore the theme of Cultural Diplomacy: global engagement activities that create mutual understanding and trust between nations, organizations and peoples through the work of museums.  Submissions may explore how an activity advances global museology, shares and promotes Canadian museology, interfaces between the global and Canadian museum communities, and other interpretations of the theme.  Please review the ICOM Canada E-Newsletter Guidelines for Contributors to find word counts and formatting instructions. Submissions will be accepted in French or English and will be translated accordingly. Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document to Images should be .jpg or .png formats.  The submission deadline for this e-newsletter [...]

ICOM Canada Museum Definition Submission

The ICOM Canada national committee has proposed a revised museum definition as part of the ongoing ICOM Museum Definition project. The proposal definition includes modifications to the current definition: “A museum is a non-profit, permanent, dynamic and responsive institution in the service of a living planet. It is a public place that welcomes all people, fosters cooperation, cross-cultural exchange and public understanding of human and environmental interdependence. The museum acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits arts and cultures, the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study, enjoyment and the promotion of social and climate justice.” ICOM Canada's proposal reflects discussions and research conducted by the ICOM Canada Executive Board and ICOM Canada member feedback received in April, 2019. The Board submitted the proposal in both French and English to ICOM Executive Board in Paris on May 2, 2019. View the full ICOM Canada [...]

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