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National Gallery Singapore
10–12 November 2017
The CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference will be held in Singapore from 10 to 12 November hosted by the National Gallery Singapore with a Pre-conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (8–9 November) and Post-Conference Tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia (13–15 November).
The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society
This year’s Conference looks at The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society. Given the rising sentiments of populist nationalism that we are witnessing around the world, and extending from the focus on the conference in Barcelona (The Museum and Its Responsibilities), it is imperative that we re-evaluate and re-examine the roles of museums, their public functions and how they respond. We ask:
How can national museums and art museums counter this global phenomenon of xenophobia and populism, to connect a local public with regional and international histories, perspectives and concerns?
How can museums continue to be effective forums in society where different communities and peoples of all backgrounds and beliefs still come together, instead of retreating into parochial isolation?
At the same time we return to the mission of CIMAM and consider: Who are CIMAM’s stakeholders? Who has vested interests, and what are the constituencies to whom we are responsible?
Speakers include: Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, University of Columbia, New York, USA; Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore; Chen Chieh-Jen, Artist, Taipei, Taiwan; Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Patrick D. Flores, Professor of Art Studies, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines; Ade Darmawan, Artist, Curator and Director, ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia; Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand; Post-Museum (Jennifer Teo & Tien Wei Woon), Artists, Singapore; Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brazil; Tiffany Chung, Artist, Vietnam/USA and Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director, M+ Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong.
The CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference is organised by CIMAM and the National Gallery Singapore.