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CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference
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 continuing on from the theme of the conference on 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?

Six members of the board – Eugene Tan (Chair), Saskia Bos, Suzanne Cotter, Corinne Diserens, Mami Kataoka and Sarah Glennie – constitute the CIMAM 2017 Contents Committee.

→ 08–09 November: Pre-conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
→ 10–12 November: Annual Conference in Singapore.
→ 13–15 November: Post-conference Tour to Jakarta & Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Program details, list of invited speakers and other practical information will be available soon at