Iranian experts will attend Intl. Virtual conference on museums
TEHRAN – A team of 12 Iranian experts are expected to participate in the second part of the International Virtual Conference on Museums, which will be jointly organized by ICOM Pakistan and the ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of archeology and history.
Iranian professionals, who are affiliated with the Association of Iranian Museum Experts (AIME), along with their international colleagues, will lecture at the event scheduled from September to February 2022, ILNA reported.
In addition, seasoned curators and scholars from Arab, African and Latin American countries have been invited to join the event, which will revolve around the theme “The Future of Museums: Reclaiming and Reinventing”.
Each year, the International Council of Museums selects a theme for International Museum Day that is at the heart of society’s concerns. With the cited theme, International Museum Day 2021 invited museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-) creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.
As early as 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has swept over the whole world, affecting all aspects of our lives. Certain already pressing problems have been exacerbated, calling into question the very structure of our societies: the call for equality is stronger than ever.
“This is a pivotal moment for our society, and we call on museums to embrace it and lead the change. Now is the time to rethink our relationship with the communities we serve, to experiment with new hybrid models of cultural realization and to strongly reaffirm the essential value of museums in building a just and sustainable future ”, states the ICOM.
According to the council, museums are not immune to these changes and the cultural sector is among the most affected, with serious economic, social and psychological repercussions in the short and long term. But this crisis also catalyzed crucial innovations that were already underway, including an increased focus on digitization and the creation of new forms of cultural experience and dissemination.