International movement for a new Museology

Mouvement international pour une nouvelle Muséologie

Movimiento internacional para una nueva Museología

2016 - CAMOC & ICOFOM & MINOM Monday, July 4, 14h – 18h


Monday, July 4, 14h – 18h

“Museums and Urban Cultural Landscapes”  (?)

Cultural landscapes and urban landscapes are quickly changing, moving on to different conceptual frameworks. The aim of thisjoint sessionofICOFOM,CAMOC andMINOM is to bring together experts in city museums, urban museum issues, new social challenges, and international museology trends, reflecting on how cultural urban landscapes affect the museum meaning and its relationship with the present societies.

The session will be based on the General Conference’s theme, the Siena Charter, and the ICOM/ UNESCO draft recommendation for museums, focusing on contemporary social and cultural urban issues that city museums must be prepared to face and to manage.

Siena Charter: http://icom.museum/news/news/article/siena-charter-proposed-by-icom-italy-at-its-international-conference-museums-and-cultural-landsc/

Unesco recommendation:http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CLT/images/en_CL_4101.pdf

The “sense of place” is one of the key concepts of the Siena Charter, which highlights the blur boundaries between tangible and intangible heritage. Rapid, and sometimes irreversible changes in urban landscapes all over the world demands from museums a constant attention to cultural, social and geographical movements that affects peoples’ lives and their relationship with space, time and memory. If this is true for any type of museums, it is especially relevant for city museums, as cities are the ever-growing centres of human life, with all its consequences still to be fully acknowledged.


CAMOC is “a forum for people who work in or are interested in museums about cities, urban planners, historians, economists, architects or geographers, all of whom together can share knowledge and experience, exchange ideas and explore partnerships across international boundaries.” (http://camoc.icom.museum/ index2.php)

ICOFOM is “in charge of researching, studying and disseminating the theoretical basis of museology as an independent scientific discipline, critically analysing the main trends of contemporary museology.”  (http://network.icom.museum/icofom)

MINOM is an international organization affiliated to ICOM. “Based broadly on a concern for social and cultural change, MINOM brings together individuals who are dedicated to active and interactive museology. It is open to aIl approaches which make the museum an instrument for identity building and development within the community.” (http://www.minom-icom.net/about-us).


The papers that are going to be presented in this session are expected to reflect on the questions given below:

  • How can city museums promote the creation of “landscapes communities” (Siena Charter) that are aware of their identity, its relevance and thus attentive to the importance of the cultural landscape preservation and sustainable development?
  • To what extent the Siena Charter’s idea of (urban) cultural landscapes affects museums’ new scope of responsibility towards society and (urban) communities?
  • How can city museums be an active partner in the management and care of their urban cultural landscape, including their symbols, tangible or intangible? Will this perspective affect the notion of city museum?
  • The joint 2015 draft by ICOM and UNESCO recommends that museums should protect and promote cultural and natural diversity, as a major challenge of the 21st century. How can city museums face the changing reality of world cities, being an agent for sustainable development and for intercultural dialogue?
  • What can city museums do to encourage community participation throughout the decision-making, implementation and enforcement processes, promoting engagement and peace, in this new conceptual framework?

The joint session will cover individual oral papers and round-tables.

Draft Programme

14:00 – 18:00

14:00 - 14:15 – Opening Speeches

Keynote Speakers

14:15 – 14:35 – CAMOC keynote speaker

14:40 – 15:00 – ICOFOM speaker

15:05 – 15: 25 – MINOM speaker

Debate / Q&A

15:45 – 16:15 – coffee-break

Short Presentations

16:15 – 16:30 – ICOFOM presentation

16:30 – 16:45 – CAMOC presentation

16:45 – 17:00 – MINOM presentation


Debate Session

17:15 – 18: 00 – Final debate session with 4 to 6 speakers designated by CAMOC, ICOFOM and MINOM and a moderator