|ICME Newsletter 51, September 2008
1. Words from the President
2. ICME annual conference in Jerusalem, preliminary program
3. "Tudilukenu": discovering the other in African museums
4. New publications
5. Up-date on IP and Cultural Heritage
6. Up-coming conferences
7. Call for papers
8. Words from the editor
1. WORDSFROM THE PRESIDENT
Summer is drawing to an end and ICME has quite a bit of activity.
First and foremost is our 2008 annual meeting scheduled in Jerusalem in
November. We have a wide ranging number of papers from colleagues from
many nations, each addressing some aspect of the theme - "Migration,
Diaspora, Pilgrmage." Participants will also be introduced to museums and
cultural sites which hold relevance to this theme every day. As always,
the annual ICME meeting allows participants to get behind the scenes in
the host museums. The preliminary program appears elsewhere in this
newsletter. There is still room for ICME members and others to register to
attend the meeting, although the post-conference tour is now fully booked.
As I wrote previously, ICME Board member Barbara Woroncow and I attended
the ICOM Advisory Committee meeting in Paris early in June. Because of the
availability of funding more national committee chairs were able to attend
in the past, so it was quite a lively meeting with discussions of a number
of topics relevant to the running of the organization. Much of the
discussion centered on the working of the newly adopted long-range plan of
ICOM and how it affects each of the national and international committees.
An additional meeting which Barbara and I attended was a discussion of the
initiative put forward by Wiki to create a central platform to access
ethnographic collections globally. Four members of ICME - the National
Folk Museum of Korea, The Kulturhistorisk Museum in Oslo, and Iziko
Museums of Cape Town have provisionally agreed to serve as pilots for this
endeavor. The mechanics of the project are yet to be worked out. The group
is also seeking an individual who will serve to coordinate the efforts. If
you think you have the time and would like to become involved, please do
Finally, not to put the cart before the horse, last year while I received
proposals for this year's annual meeting, I also received several
excellent and compelling proposals for the ICME 2009 annual conference.
After much deliberation by the ICME board members, it was decided to hold
next year's meeting in Seoul, Korea, hosted by the National Folk Museum of
Korea. The meeting is scheduled for October 19-21, 2009 with the renowned
ICME post-conference tour immediately following. Taking up from this
year's meeting, the proposed topic for next year's meeting will be
"Migration." More information about this meeting will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, I'm hoping that many of you will be able to join us in
2. ICME ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN JERUSALEM 2008, PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
Sunday, November 16
ARRIVAL, PRE-CONFERENCE WALKING TOUR, OPENING RECEPTION
Pre-conference walking tour of the pilgrimage sites in the Old City of
Jerusalem (separate fee applied, see below)
Begins at 8 a.m. at the St. James Armenian Church.
We follow the route from St. James Church on the Street of the Armenians
to David Street, through the suq - the open air marketplace - to the Via
Dolorosa and from there to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
After a break for refreshment, we will ascend to the Temple Mount and
visit the museum and the mosques, then descend to the Kotel Ma'aravi the
Western Wall of the Holy Temple.
Lunch is followed by a visit to the Karaite Synagogue and the compound of
the Four Sephardic Synagogues.
A festive reception will be hosted by The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court
Museum, followed by a visit through the collections, then dinner in the style of the "Old Yishuv" sponsored by
the Berman's Bakery.ICME Annual Board meeting following opening reception
Monday, November 17
Breakfast at hotels
Visit to the Citadel, the Tower of David Museum of the History of
Sessions at Tower of David Museum
Dorit Wolenitz, President, ICOM-Israel
Galia Gavish, Director/Curator, Old Yishuv Court Museum, Jerusalem
Annette B. Fromm, President, ICME
Paper Session I
Elena Marushiakova, Vesselin Popov, Ethnographic Institute and Museum at
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences"Nomadism, Pilgrimmage, Migrations, the
example of a Gypsy group in Bulgaria"
Dr. Lothar Stein, retired
"Change of Migration patterns among the Shammar Bedouins"
Lunch at the Museum (at your own expense)
Presentation by National Folk Museum of Korea
Paper Sessions II
Laurie Beth Kalb, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, Harvard
"Curatorial Migration Tales or Is the Museum Really a Final Resting Place?"
Prof. Dr. Bärbel Kerkhoff-Hader, University of Bamberg "The water of
Lourdes. The object as a representative"
Lidija Nikocevic, Ethnographic Museum of Istria
"The unchanging present - a dilemma of representation"
Paper Session III
Piret Noorhani, Estonian National Museum
"Cultural heritage as a cornerstone of the cultural identity of the
Dr. Shelly Shenhav-Keller, The Academic College of Beit-Berl &
"Identity and Collective Memory in Two Ethnic Heritage Centers in Israel"
Noam Ben-Yossef, The Israel Museum
"Memories from the North African Diaspora"
Tour of the Armenian Museum.
Evening tour from the Old City of Jerusalem to the Yemin Moshe neighborhood
Reception at Mishkenot Shaananim, sponsored by The Jerusalem Foundation.
Tuesday, November 16
Breakfast at hotelsVisit Yad Vashem, The Heroes' and Martyrs' of the
Holocaust Remembrance Authority, a site of present-day pilgrimage.
Short lunch break (on own expense)
Tour through the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art
Sessions at L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art
Paper Session IV
Ruth Kark, Noah Perry, Department of Geography, Hebrew University of
"Multiculturalism and Museums in Israel"
Henry C (Jatti) Bredekamp, Iziko Museums of Cape Town "The Genadendal
Moravian Mission Community (South Africa) and the Museum: pilgrimage site
of a special type"
Paper Session V
Sari Alper, Arizona State University "New Approaches to Jewish Identity:
Reclaiming the Galut in the Museum"
Bonnie Harris, Jewish Historical Society of San Diego
"Jews in Phillipines, history & pilgrimage site in Israel"
Judith Stauber, University of New Mexico
"Communicating New Worlds: Jewish Museum Narratives"
Middle Eastern dinner followed by a nighttime tour through Rehavia and
Talbieh neighborhoods of Jerusalem, where "Houses Tell their Tales."
Return to hotels
Wednesday, November 19
Breakfast at hotels
Walking tour to Museum of Italian Jewish Art
View exhibit, presentation by staff members including visit to the
laboratory for wood preservation
Sessions at U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
Paper Session VI
Patricia Davison, Iziko Museums of Cape Town
"Migration, material culture and identity in South Africa: a case study of
Victoria Phiri, Livingstone Museum, Zambia
"Need for museum to deal with topics of immigrants"
Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper, The Israel Museum
"Costume in Exile - The Hasidic Dress"
Paper Session VII
Dr. Mihai Fifor, The Regional Museum of Oltenia Romaina
""Home, sweet home" - several remarks on the idea of "migration" in a
Transnational identity, Romanian immigrants/migrants"
Daa Koprivec, M.A., Slovene Ethnographic Museum
"Descendants of the "Alexandrian Women" - Revisits and pilgrimages tracing
the migration of Slovene women to Egypt"
Paper Session VIII
Dr. Rusell E. Brayley, George Mason University
"Museums as a Window into the Sacred World"
Brittany Wheeler, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
"The Museum's Tentacles: Family, Regionalism and Academic Pilgrimage at
Philipse Manor Hall"
Dr. Julia Cordova-Gonzalez, Museo de Arqueología Universidad de Tarapacá,
"Textiles and the Recreation of Sacred Elements"
Tour of the Ohel Moshe neighbourhood, one of Jerusalem's earliest
neighbourhoods built outside the Old City walls during second half of the
Lunch in the Machane Yehuda Shuk - Israel's largest outdoor market (at
your own expense).
Visit to the Museum of Underground Prisoners
Closing dinner of the conference at the Museum.Return to hotels
Thursday, November 20 - Morning bus from Jerusalem.
Travel north to the city of Haifa, the site of the World Baha'i Center
Gardens, a holy place and pilgrimage site for the Baha'i religious
community is the next stop.
Then travel to the Museum of German Speaking Judaism in the Tefen
Industrial Park in Ma'a lot.
Lunch and visit to the Pioneers Museum in Kibbutz Yifat in the Yizrael
Then visit the Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth,
Spend the night at Guest House at Kibbutz Kfar Giladi.
Friday, November 21 -
We'll start the day with a tour of Kibbutz Kfar Giladi.The next stop will
be the Meiri Museum in Safed, the early center of kabbalists and Kabbala.
We'll continue to the Yigal Allon Museum, Kibbutz Ginnosar on the shores
of the Sea of Galilee and the Nebi Shu'eib (Jethro) Tomb, holy to the
Druze CommunityThe final stop will be the Yardenit Baptism Site on the
Then head back to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley
The program may be subject to changes.
The program will be available soon at the ICME website
3. "TUDILUKENU": DISCOVERING 'THE OTHER' IN AFRICAN MUSEUMS
I attended the "Museum Experts Meeting" in Amsterdam in May this year
where young museum professionals from different parts of the world met to
discuss museum programs. During the deliberation there was an observation
from mainly African participants that in Europe most museums have displays
and exhibitions on different parts of the world, especially Africa. For
instance the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam has big exhibitions on "Africa",
"Asia" etc. European museums have the capacity (in terms of objects) to
exhibit about the "other" such that museums become a place where local
people can discover other parts of the world. However, African museums
only exhibit about themselves for the purpose of mainly foreign tourists.
In fact most African museums have been experiencing low numbers of visits
by local tourists. And can they be blamed if the museums are not places of
discovery- most local things displayed are just "ordinary" things to them.
My question is: can museums in Africa be places of discovering the other
world by way of displaying say European, Asian, Latin America
etc. cultures? Can we also display what maybe considered "ordinary" things
in Europe or other parts of the world in African museums? For instance I
was fascinated by the bicycle culture of the Dutch people. In my community
only poor people use bicycles and Europeans are not considered "poor"!
Thus a display on ordinary Dutch life would be a source of discovery and
awe to ordinary Zambian people. It is for this reason that I would like to
call for exchange of culture exhibits from different countries. It is a
project that I would like to work on and I call it "Tudilukenu" a Zambian
term meaning "let's know each other". I would like to hear from what
others say on this topic and how to go about it.
Curator, Ethnography and Art, Livingstone Museum, Zambia
4. NEW PUBLICATIONS
'Utimut' - new publication on re-patriation
The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the
Greenland National Museum & Archives (NKA) have released a publication on
repatriation of cultural heritage:
Mille Gabriel & Jens Dahl (eds)
Past Heritage - Future Partnerships
Discussions on Repatriation in the 21st Century
The publication stems from discussions taking place at the 2007 Conference
on Repatriation of Cultural Heritage in Nuuk, Greenland from February
12-15, 2007. The book can be purchased from at the IWGIA website
or in the USA at Transaction Publishers
More than ever before, ethnic groups, peoples and nations are fighting to
regain control of their lost cultural heritage and ancestral human remains
and this raises questions as to the Western museums' ownership of their
foreign collections. This book, however, identifies a need to move beyond
discussions of ownership, power and control in favour of exploring new
kinds of partnerships between museums and the peoples or countries of
origin, partnerships based on equitability and reconciliation. The 22
authors, who are engaged in cultural heritage management, indigenous
rights, museums and cultural politics in different parts of the world,
explore a wide variety of different cooperative approaches such as
knowledge sharing, capacity building, and physical as well as virtual
Brochure on endangered Egyptian cultural assets
I would like to inform you that a digital copy of the Brochure of the
first phase of a project concerning "The preservation of the endangered
cultural assets of the traditional Egyptian storyteller's heritage and its
instruments and tools", launching in cooperation with the International
Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation-Wood, Furniture and Lacquer
(ICOM-CC-Wood, Furniture and Lacquer), The UNESCO Office in Cairo, and
International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, in the
United States of America within the framework of the "Museum to Museum /
Museum Partnership Programme".
With my best regards.
Prof. Dr. Hany Hanna
- Coordinator, ICOM-CC- Wood, Furniture and Lacquer.
- General Director, Department of Conservation, Helwan El-Saf and Atfeh
Sector, Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt- Professor, Institute for
Coptic Studies in Cairo.
5. UPDATE ON IP AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
At its 12th session in February 2008, the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee
requested the WIPO Secretariat to prepare a draft "gap analysis"
describing existing levels of protection for traditional cultural
expressions at the international level, what gaps exist, considerations
relevant to determining whether those gaps need to be addressed, and what
options exist to address any identified gaps.
The Secretariat was required to make available a draft of the analysis
before May 31, 2008 and participants the Committee were invited to comment
on it by June 30, 2008. The Secretariat was then required to make
available a further draft of the analysis for discussion at the upcoming
13th session of the Committee (October 13 to 17, 2008).
In parallel terms, a gap analysis concerning traditional knowledge was
also requested in the same manner.
The next draft of the analysis on traditional cultural expressions is now
available at wipo.
6. UP-COMING CONFERENCES
October 15-17, "Representing Climate Change: Ecology, Media and the Arts",
October 15-18, "Being Seen: Paradoxes and Practices of (In)Visibility",
fourth annual Ethnographic Praxis in Industry conference, Copenhagen.
November 19-23, "Inclusion, Collaboration and Engagement", the 2008 Annual
Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco
November 21-23, "Technovisuality and Cultural Re-enchantment", Hong Kong,
Shue Yan University http://www.hksyu.edu/english/2008Techno/home.html
November 26-28, "New Voices, New Visions: Challenging Australian
identities and legacies", The InASA Conference 2008, Queensland University
of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, http://www.inasa.org/
April 4 - 7 2009, "Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and
Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region", Amman, The
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. http://www.tourism-culture.com/
March 16 - 18 2009, "Culture, Politics, Ethics: Aesthetics, performance,
oppression, resistance", 1st Global Conference, Salzburg, Austria
7. CALL FOR PAPERS
November 3-6, "Digital Media and its Applications in Cultural
Heritage",~Petra University, Amman, Jordan
November 5-9, "Cultural and Event Tourism: Issues and debates",
International Tourism Conference 2008, Alanya, Turkey.
November 28, "After effects: Trauma, memory, performativity", Sydney,
January 8-10 2009, "International Conference on Heritage in Asia:
Converging Forces and Conflicting Values", National University of
January 5-7 2009, "Sustainability", 5th International Conference on
Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Mauritius
February 9-10 2009, "Subjectivity, Creativity and the Institution", Perth,
March 28-30 2009, "Being, Becoming and Belonging: Multiculturalism,
Diversity and Social Inclusion in Modern Canada", the British Association of Canadian
Studies Annual Conference, St Anne's College, University of Oxford
30 May - 1 June 2009, "Sharing Cultures 2009", International Conference on
Intangible Heritage, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal.
The call for papers and registration for this Conference is now open
through October 31, 2008 at the website -
8. WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
This is the last newsletter before this year's annual meeting in
Jerusalem. It's good to know that the meeting has attracted a number of
really interesting papers, and a good number of participants as well.
Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the meeting myself, so I will
have to settle with wishing all participants a good meeting.
In this issue of ICME News Victoria Phiri raises a very interesting
discussion on the possibility of presenting 'ordinary things' from Europe
or the rest of the world in African Museums. Victoria's observations on
the lack of such presentations in Africa suits very well, I think, with
the papers presented at ICME's annual meetings in which Western museums
are occupied with 'representing the other', while African and Asian
museums to a large degree seem to be more interested in representing the
'post-colonial self'. Of course there are complicated political and
economic issues at stake here, but I think ICME News could be a perfect
space for accepting Victoria's open invitation for a discussion of how to
represent ordinary 'non-African' collections in Africa.At the museum where
I work, Moesgård Museum in Århus, Denmark, we have organised a project
entitled 'The Unesco Collections' since the mid-1960s. At the moment the
Unesco Collections comprises 26 collections of about 200-300 everyday
objects from 19 different countries all over the world (see
http://www.moesmus.dk/page.asp?sideid=403&zcs=4 - unfortunately the site
is only available in Danish). These collections circulate at schools all
over the country as hands-on collections supplemented by a rich amount of
texts, photos, sound recordings etc. When we meet with the teachers
affiliated with project a question often is raised whether it would be
possible to make Danish collections for students in other countries. Up
till now, the answer has been that each class can make a collection of
their own everyday life - simply to be aware of the limitations of such
collections, and the kind of image they create of everyday life - but that
there is no network available at present to make such collections
circulate. But with Victoria's suggestion I think the time may be ripe to
consider whether we might actually go further and consider making
collections from Denmark - and elsewhere! - for circulation in Africa and
I hope more people will go into this discussion: is it really a good idea?
What are the economic and human resources needed? How could such a project
be framed? For one thing I think such a project would stress that
ethnographic collecting and exhibition is not simply a matter of colonial
enterprise but also a reflection of a general intercultural curiosity.
The deadline for the next issue is December 19 2008. Please send news and
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