Sixth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, National Art Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 April 2013

Our History ...

The Inclusive Museum Research Network


Founded in 2008, the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum brings together a community of museum practitioners, researchers and thinkers. The key question addressed by the conference: How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive? In this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change?

The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.


The Inclusive Museum Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the The Inclusive Museum Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and digital formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.


The Inclusive Museum Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2008 - National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2009 - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2010 - Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2011 - University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2012 - University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
  • 2013 - National Art Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2014 - The Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 2015 - The National Science Museum, New Delhi, India
  • 2016 - The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, USA
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Alissandra Cummins, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Bridgetown, Barbados (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Catherine Branson, Australian Human Rights Commission, Sydney, Australia (2009)
  • Craddock Morton, National Museum of Australia, Acton, Australia (2009)
  • Elizabeth Silkes, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, New York, USA (2013)
  • Finn Anderson, The Danish Cultural Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013)
  • Hans-Martin Hinz, The International Council of Museums, Paris, France (2009, 2010, 2013)
  • Julien Anfruns, International Council of Museums, Paris, France (ICOM) (2009)
  • Karsten Ohrt, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013)
  • Lejo Schenk, Amsterdam Tropenmuseum (Royal Tropical Institute), Amsterdam, Netherlands (2007)
  • Liebe Geft, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, USA (2014)
  • Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Smithsonian‘s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C., USA (2012)
  • Omarakhan Massoudi, National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan (2010)
  • Steven Engelsman, National Museum of Ethnology in the Netherlands, Leiden, Netherlands (2008)
  • Sonwabile Mancotywa, National Heritage Council of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa (2010)
  • W. Richard West, Jr., Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., USA (2008)

Past Partners

The Inclusive Museum Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: