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June 24, 2020

ConferenceEU-LAC Museums Project – 2nd Webinar: “Community-based Museums in Times of Crisis: Community Experience”

Join EU-LAC Museums 2nd webinar on 29 June 2020, 3 p.m. (UTC).

Researchers from European and Latin American museums will share insights from their research case studies affected by crises via our free online webinar series “Community-based museums in times of crisis: community experience” on 29 June, 3 p.m. (UTC) – Case Studies from Peru, Portugal, Costa Rica, Chile, Barbados and Spain.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its catastrophic effect on museum and heritage communities, this is the second of three Webinars 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 Karen Brown (University of St Andrews), co-moderated by eco-museums experts Peter Davis (Newcastle University) and  Lauran Bonilla-Merchav (ICOM Costa Rica; University of Costa Rica) and supported 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

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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.