Museums and Community Action: Decolonising the Curriculum

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April 22, 2021 to April 23, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

The international webinar: Museums and Community Action: Decolonising the Curriculum, will focus on how museum and heritage studies might address pressing debates on museum decolonisation and the recognition of local practices and actions. The event is hosted by the School of Art History, University of St Andrews, and forms part of an international series of ICOFOM conferences sponsored as an ICOM Special Project, uniting the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the University of Montreal in Canada, the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and the Caribbean Association of Museums. This iteration is supported by the Scottish Funding Council SARRF fund. 



Thursday, April 22nd 

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Welcome 15:00 (BST)

15:15-16:15 (BST) Bruno Brulon Soares (UNIRIO, Brazil, ICOFOM): "Teaching and Learning from Experimental Museology: reflections for undisciplined museum practice and theory"

16:30-17:30 (BST) Lauran Bonilla Merchev (University of Costa Rica): "Community museums as spaces of decolonised university learning"

17:45-18:45 (BST) Henry McGhie (Curating Tomorrow): "Leave no one, and no museum, behind"


Friday, April 23rd

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Welcome back 08:45 (BST)

09:00-10:00 (BST) Keynote: Conal McCarthy and Awhina Tamarapa (Victoria University, New Zealand): "Teaching a master's course on museums and Māori: Decolonising and indigenising museum studies in Aotearoa New Zealand"

10:15-11:15 (BST) Rolando Vázquez (University of Utrecht): "Decolonial Pathways"

14:40-15:45 (BST) Keynote recording

16:00-17:00 (BST) Wayne Modest (National Museum of World Cultures and Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam) in conversation with Ana González Rueda

17:15-18:15 (BST) Alissandra Cummins (Barbados Museum and Historical Society)

18:30-19:30 (BST) Heather Cateau (The University of the West Indies, St Augustine): "Emancipation, Independence, Decolonising and Historicising: Our Process of "Becoming" in the Caribbean"


Contact Info: 

Dr Ana S González Rueda