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ICOM participates in study days on African cultural policies held by EHESS in Paris

The School for Higher Education in Social Sciences (EHESS), located in Paris, France, organizes two international study days on the 26th and 27th of June, 2013, which objective is the study of cultural institutions and public policies dedicated to culture in Africa and to which the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is invited to participate.

ICOM participates in study days on African cultural policies held by EHESS in Paris

Senegambian Stone circles, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006. ©Sachara

These days are coordinated by Malick Ndiaye, researcher at Labex C.A.P (Creation, Arts and Heritage), affiliated to the Centre of Research on Arts and Language (EHESS/CNRS) and associated with the French National Heritage Institute (INP). These days aim to foster the sharing of experience through close exchanges between professionals, experts and researchers in a cross-disciplinary dynamic.
Thus, these study days will open with a roundtable entitled « Museums and Heritage ». It will gather representatives of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, researchers, a lawyer and ICOM, represented by France Desmarais, Director of Programmes and Development. She will present the consequences that the lack of clear museum policies and the weakness of the legislative framework can have on the protection and the effective promotion of museums and heritage in Africa. This roundtable will also tackle the conceptual and legal issues in relation with the establishment of cultural policies, as well as the financing and management issues caused by their implementation.

For any further information on the programme of these study days (in French)