Annual conference

ICME, INTERCOM & ICOM Azerbaijan Joint Conference

OCTOBER 13th  – 15th 2021

Baku, Azerbaijan

Transforming Collecting Policies in Museums: the Need for Leadership and Societal Responsibility



Keynote Speakers
Conference Venue and Practical Information
Entry rules to Azerbaijan 1, 2
Conference Tours
Call for Papers

Session 1: Decolonizing Museums: Restitution, Repatriation & Healing
Session 2: Museums and Ethnotourism
Session 3: Leadership and Museum Management for Our Times

The Boards of ICME, INTERCOM & ICOM Azerbaijan are pleased to announce the call for papers for the joint conference to be held at the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum (the oldest and biggest carpet museum in the world) in Baku.

We live in a complex, confused and fast changing world. Museums are very important cultural and social institutions and must respond to and reflect these changes. Museums are responsible for making their visitors and the wider society conscious of current debates through their actions, exhibitions, events and activism. The challenges of decolonizing museums, engaging with ethnotourism and providing museum leadership that enables museums to address important contemporary issues are relevant, and provocative themes for our Conference. The themes all confront the role of our museums in our time and the future. If decolonizing the museum means repatriating objects what does this mean for our collecting policies? How do ethnographic museums engage with the increasing tourist demand for `experiences’ with real people? How should the management of museums plan for the future and change their practices and governance structures to respond to new expectations? We invite you to participate in this challenging debate!

The main aims of the conference are the following:
– To open a dialogue between scholars of Ethnographic and other museums and to offer a platform for the presentation and discussion of recent research;
– To highlight the significance of the concepts of Decolonizing Museums, Ethnotourism Management and Leadership and Museum management for our times;
– To facilitate a global dialogue on these themes by bringing together museum professionals from all around the world,
– To critically engage with existing theories and methodologies and to provide a platform for the presentation of new research and initiatives that will help us to tackle these core issues and the ways in which we might transform the concept of `collecting’ that has defined museums for decades.