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Museum and Politics - An International Conference

The international conference Museum and Politics, organised by ICOM Germany, ICOM Russia and ICOM US since 2012, will be held from 9-12 September, 2014 in Saint Petersburg and from 13-14 September, 2014 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Museum and Politics - An International Conference

From left to right: Dr. Michael Henker, ICOM Germany President; Kathy Dwyer Southern, ICOM US CO-Chair; Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM; Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director General of the State Hermitage, President of the Russian Union of Museums; Vladimir Tolstoy, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, ICOM Russia President, Head of the Organizing committee of the conference.

According to ICOM President Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, “the effort to promote cooperation among museums, across political and national differences, has been a living impulse in the vision of ICOM’s key purposes throughout almost seven decades. […] The theme of this conference [Museum and Politics] is important, because the relation between museums and politics touches all museums, here and everywhere.”

More than 350 museum leaders from 30 countries will participate in Museum and Politics, with 70 papers presented during the part in St. Petersburg and another 30 in Yekaterinburg. The State Hermitage, celebrating its 250th anniversary, will serve as one of the main venues of the conference and attendees will join the Hermitage’s leadership in the opening of the museum’s new depository building.

Keynote sessions will include lectures by Vladimir Tolstoy, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation; Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage; Hermann Schaefer, Founding President of the Museum and Foundation House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Luis Raposo, ICOM Europe board member and one of the authors of the Lisbon Declaration.

During the conference’s sectional sessions, issues of regional development and international politics, as well as museum possibilities to discuss “hard” historical questions will be discussed. The conference participants will discuss the theme of removed cultural objects among other subjects, such as museum strategies in resolving social problems.  

The conference is supported by the Government of Saint Petersburg, the Government of the Sverdlovsk region and The State Hermitage, as well as the State Museum-Reserve “Tsarskoe Selo”, The State Museum of the History of Religion, The State Museum of the Political History of Russia, The State Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg, and the A. S. Popov Central Museum of Communications. The management company “Start development” – is the conference’s strategic partner and the “Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charity Foundation” is its general sponsor.

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