The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Webcast: Memory and Universality (part 2)

What follows is some information about a webcast of the recent UNESCO debate held on the topic of Memory and Universality, which Mary Stevens attended and wrote a review of for her blog. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but from Mary's post it sounds like it was really interesting and threw up lots of differences of opinions and approaches to the idea of museums and their audiences.

From H-Museum:

Memory and Universality: New Challenges Facing Museums
Public debate, Monday 5 February 2007, UNESCO Headquarters

The webcast of the public debate, which was held at UNESCO concerning the
universality of museums with the participation of a distinguished panel of
speakers is now available!

Watch the webcast.

The public debate Memory and Universality: New Challenges Facing Museums addressed the confrontation between the universal mission of museums and the massive transfers of cultural property over the course of history.

As a follow-up to an initiative launched in 2005, the journal MUSEUM International organized this second public debate on a topical museum-related issue. These events intend to engage a constructive dialogue among museum professionals, academics and representatives from UNESCO Member States.

UNESCO wishes to associate with all actors in order to complement legal considerations with philosophical, historical and international perspectives.

A panel of professionals representing different approaches to the issues of memory and universality were present at the debate:

Universal Museums
* Henri Loyrette, President Director, Musée du Louvre

* Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum

* Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director, State Hermitage Museum

International Council of Museums
* Alissandra Cummins, President, ICOM
* Bernice Murphy, President, Ethics Committee, ICOM

Museum Community and Source Countries
* Alain Godonou, Director, Ecole du Patrimoine Africain, Benin

* Richard West, Director, National Museum of the American Indian, USA

* Juan Antonio Valdés, Professor of Archaeology, San Carlos University
Guatemala

Academic Community
* Krysztof Pomian, Philosopher, Historian, Emeritus Director of Research,
French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS )

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