Eighth International Conference on The Inclusive Museum

  • 2015 Special Focus: Museums as Civic Spaces
  • 7–9 August 2015
  • National Science Museum, New Delhi, India

At a Glance...

3

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

180+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Eighth International Conference on The Inclusive Museum.

26

Countries represented.

2015 Special Focus: Museums as Civic Spaces

The inclusive museum is an aspirational civic space that is created and recreated based on the context and relevance to diverse stakeholders. It liberates museums and communities from legacies, enables a first voice, and empowers people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a sense of place and multiple identities. The challenge is also to address intersectionality across cultural borders through appropriate research, development and capacity building. This must be at all levels of engaged partners from curators, educators, conservators to directors and trustees. Connecting collections and communities is critical.

The Inclusive Museum Knowledge Community continues to build on the lessons learnt and ongoing discursive crossings to promote for posterity the museum for diverse peoples irrespective of their backgrounds. India on the cusp of an unprecedented museum development is the host to the Eighth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. As the world’s largest democracy it is also well known for its cultural and language diversity. This diversity is embedded in the nation’s Constitution. A vibrant civil society such as India mandates relevant and responsive cultural institutions, especially inclusive museums.

Plenary Speakers

The Eighth International Conference on The Inclusive Museum featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Romila Thapar

Romila Thapar

Emeritus Professor, Ancient Indian History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Mikkel Bogh

Mikkel Bogh

Director, Statens Museum for Kunst/National Art Gallery of Denmark

H.E. Sudharshan Seneviratne

H.E. Sudharshan Seneviratne

Professor; High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India

Rama Lakshmi

Rama Lakshmi

Curator, Remember Bhopal Museum, India; Journalist, The Washington Post in India

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Director General, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), Mumbai; Head of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Program, Museology & Conservation, University of Mumbai, India

Emily Pringle

Emily Pringle

Painter; Head of Learning Practice and Research, Tate Gallery, London, UK

Charles Landry

Charles Landry

Urban Planner

Kavita Singh

Kavita Singh

Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Rohit Jigyasu

Rohit Jigyasu

Conservation Architect; Risk Management Consultant; UNESCO Chair Professor, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan; Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS); President and Executive Committee member, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness and ICOMOS-India

Bose Krishnamachari

Bose Krishnamachari

Artist; Independent Curator

Luigi Maria Dicorato

Luigi Maria Dicorato

Museum Director; Lecturer, Museum Management, Economics Department, Cattolica University, Milan, Italy

Amareswar Galla

Amareswar Galla

Chairperson, The Sustainability Knowledge Community; Editor, The Sustainability Journal Collection

Graduate Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2015 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Anwesha Chakraborty

Anwesha Chakraborty

University of Bologna, Italy

Lisa Edgren

Lisa Edgren

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Nilmini Neththasinghe

Nilmini Neththasinghe

Department of National Museums, Sri Lanka

Kanika Singh

Kanika Singh

Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India