Join COMCOL, the International Committee for Collecting of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), on Wednesday, September 9, for the 3rd and 4th sessions of its 2020 Virtual Conference: "Collecting Diversity: Divergence as Dialogue." This event is organized in collaboration with ICOM Russia.
Session 3: “What Tells the Collection”
Collections have their own history. What do the collections that were created in the past tell us today? Who created the collections? For what purpose?
Session 4: “Ethics of Collecting”
Museums have a responsibility to reconsider the ethical dimensions of their collecting methods and the ethics of the collections they already hold. Collections often include contested objects and raise questions around colonialism, representation and repatriation, sacral conservation, categorization and multivocality. How can museums deal with these matters?
Moderator for Sessions 3 and 4: Leen Beyers, ICOM COMCOL Board Member; Curator and Head of Research, Museum aan de Stroom, MAS (Antwerp, Belgium)
17:00 to 17:45 Session 3: “What Tells the Collection”
17:00 to 17:15 “Nordiska Museet's Agents: Collecting at the Turn of the Century”
Birger Helgestad, Head of Collection Logistics, Nordiska Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)
17:15 to 17:30 “The Collection of the National Writer S. Kamal as a Form of Preserving the Unique Culture of People”
Gulnaz Zigangirova, Researcher (Tatarstan, Russian Federation)
17:30 to 17:45 Questions & Answers
17:45 to 18:30 Session 4: “Ethics of Collecting”
17:45 to 18:00 “Ethical, Theoretical, and Realistic Issues Found in Collection-Based Museum Research”
Jung-Ok Ha, Senior Curator, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (Seoul, South Korea)
18:00 to 18:15 “(Un)located”
Dolla Merrillees, Cultural Historian, Writer and Museologist, Master of Philosophy (Candidate), University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
18:15 to 18:30 Questions & Answers