The UNESCO sponsored journal Museum International is spreading news, via email, of a public debate on “Memory and Universality: New Challenges Facing Museums.” The program is to be held Monday, February 5, 7-9 p.m. at UNESCO Headquarters. Most interestingly the event will be webcast and questions are being solicited by email. Here is an extract from the email has been circulated. The full document, with webcast details, is available here.

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

International Council of Museums

  • Alissandra Cummins, President, ICOM
  • Bernice Murphy, President, Ethics Committee, ICOM
Museum Community and Source Countries

Academic Community

  • Krzysztof Pomian, Philosophe, Historien, Directeur de recherche émérite, French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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