From the ICME listserv:
MEMORY AND UNIVERSALITY: NEW CHALLENGES FACING MUSEUMS
Public debate and Webcast
Monday 5 February, 7 - 9 p.m., UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Paris, France
The public debate Memory and Universality: New Challenges Facing Museums will focus on the issue of the universal mission of museums vs. the massive transfers of cultural property over the course of history. The reflection upon museum issues at stake, initiated in 2005 by the Museum International journal, is being resumed in this second public debate with a view to engaging representatives from the professional museum community, academia, and Member States of UNESCO. The main objective of the public debate is to envisage ways of creating a favourable context for initiating dialogue among all stakeholders. 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 will be invited to discuss and inform the debate:
UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS Henri Loyrette, President Director, Musée du LouvreNeil MacGregor, Director, British Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director, State Hermitage Museum
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS Alissandra Cummins, President, ICOM Bernice Murphy, President, Ethics Committee,
ICOMMUSEUM COMMUNITY AND SOURCE COUNTRIES Alain Godonou, Director, Ecole du Patrimoine Africain, Benin Richard West, Director, National Museum of the American Indian, United States of America Hongnam Kim, Director, National Museum of Korea, Republic of Korea Juan Antonio Valdés, San Carlos University, Guatemala
ACADEMIC COMMUNITY Krzysztof Pomian, Philosophe, Historien, Directeur de recherche émérite, French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
An archived version of the Webcast will be available. Send your questions on the subject, the participants will answer them.
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.