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July 8, 2020

ConferenceEU-LAC Museums Project – 3rd Webinar: “The Role of Digital Technologies during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Join EU-LAC Museums 3rd webinar on 10 July 2020, 15.00 (UTC).

“The Role of Digital Technologies during the COVID-19 Pandemic” – third and final webinar of the series “Community-based museums in times of crisis” – will be held on Friday 10 July 2020, 15.00 (UTC).

The participants in the third webinar are members of EU-LAC Museums research team and invited guests, from European, Latin American and Caribbean Museums, each with advanced expertise in community-based museums, technology and heritage sector. Speakers for the third webinar include: Julian Roa Trian (Colombia), Kaye Hall (Barbados), Alan Miller (Scotland), Catherine Cassidy (USA), Kate Keohane (Scotland), Claudio Gnessi (Italy), Mário Antas (Portugal), Marcelle Pereria (Brazil) and Jamie Allan Brown (Scotland).

Gustavo San Román, Professor of Spanish and specialist in Latin American literature at the University of St Andrews, will co-moderate the discussion. Gustavo has been the Director of the Cultural Identity Studies Institute for many years, devoted to a subject which has informed his research as well as his perspective the work of the EU-LAC Museums project.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its catastrophic effect on museum and heritage communities, this is the third and last EU-LAC Museums webinar focusing on the topic of community-based museums in times of crisis. Since 2016, EU-LAC Museums has supported community-based museums in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with the European and Latin America and Caribbean Regional Alliances of ICOM.

However, in each year of our project’s existence, we have weathered a number of difficult circumstances, including the impact of El Niño Costero in Peru in 2017, the hurricanes in Costa Rica and the Caribbean in 2018, the civil unrest in Chile in 2019, and most recently the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19.

Our years of working bi-regionally as a team have demonstrated that museums cannot only plan and prepare for a disaster, but can also be reliably called upon to help communities recover when disaster strikes (both in the short and long term), and to engage in processes of documentation and memory of traumatic events. By highlighting their social function, museums can take on a relevant role in the containment, reflection, and memory of crises – when they are over.

Speakers will be invited to speak for ten minutes each, followed by a Q&A session. The webinar will be in English, with limited translation in Spanish, and will commence at 3 p.m. (UTC), chaired by Dr Karen Brown (University of St Andrews), co-moderated by Professor Gustavo San Román (University of St Andrews), and Lauran Bonilla-Merchav (ICOM Costa Rica; University of Costa Rica) as well as Kate Keohane (University of St Andrews) and coordinated by Jamie Allan Brown, (University of St Andrews).

The webinar will be archived with subtitles in Spanish for future viewing on the EU-LAC Museums Youtube Channel ‘Museos Comunitários’. Follow the event on social media using the hashtags #eulacmuseums #horizon2020 #h2020 #sustainablemuseums

Friday 10 July 2020, Time:
09:00 (San José[CR]), 10:00 (Lima/Ciudad de México), 11:00 (Bridgetown/Santiago/New York), 12:00 (Rio de Janeiro),15:00 (UTC),16:00 (London/Lisboa), 17:00 (Paris/Madrid/Berlin), 18:00 (Moscow), 19:00 (Dubai), 20:30 (New Delhi), 23:00 (Beijing), 00:00 (Tokyo[11 July]) & 01:00 (Sydney [11 July])

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EU-LAC Museums 3rd webinar on 10 July 2020, 15.00 (UTC).

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693669.