Conference Alert: Migration in Museums

From H-Museum:

Migration in Museums – Narratives of Diversity in Europe
Berlin, October 23 to 25, 2008

The conference "Migration in Museums: Narratives of Diversity in Europe" aims at intensifying the dialogue on migration, historical memory and identity in Europe. About 100 museum experts, scholars, artists and representatives of immigrant communities from over 20, mostly European countries will convene at seven Berlin museums and will explore new modes of representing histories of people on the move. They will share their experience and expertise on topics such as the transnationalization of perspectives, the challenges of museums working with communities, the potential and pitfalls of all-inclusive migration narratives and the
possible contribution of museums to political empowerment and social cohesion in diverse societies. The conference will establish new ways of thinking, new links between experts, concepts, ideas and new perspectives in order to foster the adequate representation of migration – past and present – in European museums.


Thursday, October 23, 2008
Kreuzberg Museum, Adalbertstr. 95 / 96, 10999 Berlin

11.00-11.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Martin Düspohl (Director of the Kreuzberg Museum)
Günter Piening (Berlin Commissioner for Integration and Migration)
Antoinette Reuter (Centre de Documentations sur les Migrations Humaines)

11.30-12.00 Introduction to the topic and the conference
Rainer Ohliger (Board member of Network Migration in Europe e.V.)
Udo Gößwald (President of ICOM Europe)

12.00-12.30 Wiebke Pöpel (film director)
Short presentation of the film project "Narratives of Diversity in Europe";
15 minutes preview
(interview project with artists from 10 European metropolises)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Guided tours through respective museums for workshop
Seven parallel workshops with 12-14 participants each in seven participating

15.00-18.00 Workshop
Session 1: Introduction and input statements of participants

Luxemburgische Botschaft, Klingelhöferstraße 7, 10875 Berlin
Reception at the embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg; opening of photo
exhibition “Little Italy in Luxemburg” by Christian Kandzia (architect,
photographer, author)

Friday, October 24, 2008 in seven participating museums

10.00-12.30 Workshop
Session 2: Group discussions along set topics

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Guided tours through respective museums for workshop

15.00-18.00 Workshop
Session 3: Group discussions along set topics

Saturday, October 25, 2008
Jüdisches Museum, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

10.30-12.30 Concluding presentations of results from the seven workshops
Chair: Joachim Baur (Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig)

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30-15.00 Concluding panel discussion: Cultural and Political Perspectives
in Immigrant Societies: Migration, Museums and Cultural Diversity

Nefise Özkal-Lorentzen (film maker, Oslo) Fouad Laroui, Writer (writer
Amsterdam) Claude Moraes, (Member of the European Parliament, Great Britain)
Nicolas Schmit (Foreign Minister of Luxemburg in charge of European and
Immigration Affairs), TBC

Chair: Udo Gößwald (ICOM Europe)

19.00-21.00: Public keynote lecture by Saskia Sassen (Columbia University,
New York) in the Jewish Museum Berlin: "Migrants Moving History" (in
cooperation with the Einstein Forum, Potsdam)

Chair: Rainer Ohliger, Network Migration in Europa e.V.


Network Migration in Europe e.V.
International Council of Museums Europe (ICOM Europe) Centre de
Documentations sur les Migrations Humaines (Dudelange/Luxemburg)

Participating Museums:
Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen Erinnerungsstätte
Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde Jüdisches Museum Berlin Jugend Museum
Schöneberg Museum Neukölln Kreuzberg Museum Stadtmuseum Berlin/Märkisches

Opening Meeting (October 23): Kreuzberg Museum Workshops (October 23/24): in
participating museums Concluding Meeting (October 25): Jüdisches Museum
Berlin Public evening keynote Lecture (October 25): Jüdisches Museum Berlin

Supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds


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