MA Conference Brighton: Fellows Announcement

Written by Claire Messenger, ITP Manager

We have invited five ITP Fellows to join us in October 2019 at the Museums Association (MA) conference and exhibition, Brighton and I’m delighted to say that this year we will be welcoming back:

Astghik Marabyan (Armenia, ITP Fellow 2017), Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Folk Arts of the Ministry of Culture of RA

Namrata Sarmah (India, ITP Fellow 2018), Project Curator, Assam State Museum, Guwahati

Roshan Mishra (Nepal, ITP Fellow 2018), Museum Director (Taragaon Museum), Taragaon Museum /Sagarmatha Next

Xuejing Dai (China, ITP Fellow 2015), Educator-Exhibition Interpreter-Exhibition Curator, Shandong Museum

Zulkifli Ishak (Malaysia, ITP Fellow 2017), Curator, Islamic Arts Museums Malaysia

This year’s MA conference will focus on Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. Sessions and workshops will examine museums’ roles in our changing world and in addressing challenging issues being faced globally. This will include thinking about social and political upheaval, demographic changes, rising inequalities and climate change.

The conference will ask the following questions:

  • How can the museum and heritage sector help to create a more sustainable world?
  • How can we communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to our audiences?
  • How can museums support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society?
  • What might the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future look like?
  • How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world?
  • What kind of leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?
  • What are the ethical implications of the international partnerships we seek to develop?
  • How do we confront the legacies of empire?
  • What is the role of global tourism in a more sustainable world?

There will also be the opportunity to spend time at museums, galleries and heritage sites in and around Brighton and we will begin working on this programme over the coming months.

Within the ITP network, the MA conference provides an excellent opportunity to reaffirm existing relationships made during the summer programme and externally and it also hopes to increase the potential of the programme. It offer’s further opportunities to exchange knowledge, skills and experiences and will support Astghik, Namrata, Roshan, Xuejing and Zulkifli to continue to develop both professionally and personally. We also hope it will create networking opportunities with the hope of stimulating potential future collaborations.

Most of all though we are really looking forward to see Astghik, Namrata, Roshan, Xuejing and Zulkifli and I’m particularly excited to be able to welcome them to my home town of Brighton!!