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  ICME Newsletter 49, January 2008

<h3>Contents: </h3>

1. Words from the President
2. ICME annual conference in Jerusalem, ‘Migration, Diaspora, Pilgrimage’
3. Benefits of attending ICOM proceedings and ICME meetings
4. Exhibition: Romania – Changing View Points (Rumänien - Blickwechsel)
5. Presentation of ICME board members
6. Up-coming conferences
7. Call for papers
8. Other events
9. Words from the editor

 

<h3>1. WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT</h3>

In October at the direction of the ICOM Secretariat, I was contacted by Prof. Raoul Weiler, member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation. Earlier in the fall in Taiwan, Professor Weiler made a proposal to Advisory Board to incorporate uniform records of collections in ethnographic museums worldwide, especially the objects in the storage.

The initiative is provisionally titled “Compilation of Ethnographic Objects from Museum Reserves.” The underlying premise of Weiler’s proposal is the oft repeated motion that “cultural diversity … is threatened at high speed.” Through developing uniform documentation records that would be centralized by Wikipedia it is thought that information about collections could be better accessed. Weiler envisions that this initiative would be a contribution~toward safeguarding cultural heritage, already a primary mandates of all museums.

A meeting to discuss the Wikipedia proposal was convened in Paris in December. Attending the meeting were representatives of UNESCO, ICOM, the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia France, and Dr. Weiler of the Wikipedia Advisory Board. The representative of the World Bank was unable to attend. Carla Bonomi of the ICOM Secretariat represented ICME in place of me or any ICME Board member. A report outlining the December discussion and the direction the group will take will be forthcoming shortly.

For this initiative, Wikipedia is seeking support from UNESCO, ICOM, ICME and private sources.

Thanks to Beate Wild for making a presentation about ICME at the recent ICOM Germany meeting. I believe other board members are acting upon my challenge to spread the word of ICME in their communities.

Following months of internet discussions ICOM has established a program of youth grants to allow full-time museum professionals under the age of 30 to attend costly ICOM meetings – whether the triennial congresses or annual meetings of international committees. In 2007, three youth grants were awarded to museum ethnographers to participate in the Vienna ICME meetings. In this newsletter you will read a report from one of those young professionals.

On a personal note, I appreciate the effect this funding can make. I first participated in ICME meetings in 1980 when I was a graduate student. Fortunately, I was in the position that I was able to carefully guard my savings and attend the ICOM triennial meetings. Today’s young professionals are fortunate to have a helping hand to participate. Please also read the notice in this newsletter to apply for youth funding to attend the ICME 2008 meeting in Jerusalem in the fall.

With warmest regards,

Annette B. Fromm
president@icme.icom.museum

 

<h3>
2. ICME annual conference in Jerusaem, ‘Migration, Diaspora, Pilgrimage’</h3>

Call for Papers
First Announcement

Migration, Diaspora, Pilgrimage, Museum and Cultural Perspectives Jerusalem

17-19 November, 2008

ICME (the ICOM International Committee for Museums Ethnography) will hold its 2008 annual conference in Jerusalem on 17-19 November, 2008. The meeting will be hosted by the The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court Museum
Sponsors include the Jerusalem Foundation and ICOM/Israel.
This conference is open to museum professionals and all scholars involved in the issues and topics of the annual meeting.
Presentations should not exceed 30 minutes.
The main language of the conference will be English. We are encouraging the use of visual images wherever possible.

Abstracts, which should not exceed 300 words, should be sent to Annette B. Fromm by 31 March 2008 at the latest. Please also ensure that you include your contact address and all professional details (name, position, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail). Abstracts will be submitted to our editorial committee and a decision on their suitability will be made by the end of April.

Annette B. Fromm, president, ICME [ mailto:annettefromm@hotmail.com ] 3060 Alton Road Miami Beach, FL 33140 USA phone, 305-532-3530, fax 305-535-8083 Final details are still being confirmed, but the general format of the annual meeting will consist of papers, museum visits including discussions with staff, and walking tours with community scholars. Registration forms, registration fee information, hotels, pre-conference tour costs and other details will be available on the ICME web site in February

ICME 2008 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE PRE-CONFERENCE WALKING TOUR
Sunday, November 16
- Arrival, pre-conference walking tour of the pilgrimage sites in the Old City of Jerusalem; opening reception at L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art

CONFERENCE

Monday, November 17th
Museum visit and paper sessions at the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art Walking tour in the afternoon.

Tuesday, November 18th
Museum visit and paper sessions at the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem walking tour of Meah Shearim and Prophet Street.

Wednesday, November 19th
Museum visit and paper sessions at the U Nahon, Museum of Italian Jewish Art , afternoon walking tour of Mahane Yehuda open air market.
Closing dinner hosted by the Jerusalem Foundation.

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR
Thursday & Friday, November 20-21

Thursday, November 20th
Travel north through the Judean Hills to Kibbutz Gesher and the memorial site at Naharayim. Continue to Tiberias and the Yigal Allon Museum at Kibbutz Ginossar . Travel north to the Tabgha Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, with its monastery with a noted winepress. Then Tel Hai for a tour of the Tel Hai Museum.

Friday, November 21st
First stop will be Safed, the early center of kabbalists and Kabbala . Then to Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation and other sites. Continue to Nebi Shueib to see burial place of the Prophet Joshua, a holy site for the Druze community. 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 head back to Jerusalem.

<h3>3. BENEFITS OF ATTENDING ICOM PROCEEDINGS AND ICME MEETINGS</h3>

I was privileged to be amongst the three individuals given the mentoring grant by ICME, through ICOM arrangements, to attend the ICOM triennial meeting in Vienna this summer.

Current Responsibilities and Academic Qualifications

I am female, 24 years old, and a Zambian by birth. At the moment I reside in Mbala, the Northern Province of Zambia. Currently, I serve under the National Museum Board, Moto Moto Museum, in Mbala, the Northern Province of Zambia.
I was employed at Moto Moto Museum in April 2006 as an Assistant Keeper of Ethnography and Arts. The job description entails carrying out research, curation of objects, exhibition mounting, collection and documentation of objects.
To qualify for this post, one had to have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Development Studies at University of Zambia. I graduated from University of Zambia in 2005, and recently have had some training in Conservation Management, Exhibition Designs and Counseling. The Counseling affords me the responsibility of being a Peer Educator with respect to HIV/AIDS in the Museum. Peer Education is a new phase of combating the increasing HIV/AIDS ratio in Zambia’s work force, which is at 1:5 ratios. In addition, I also serve as the Coordinator of the Environmental Conservation Club in Mbala. This entails educating the school children in particular, about the need to conserve our cultural heritage and natural resources i.e. trees. Mbala is experiencing deforestation at a rapidly pace. This situation has proved to be the catalyst of the formation of the Environmental Conservation Club in Mbala.

Goals and Achievements in Attending ICOM Proceedings and ICME Meetings

I anticipated to meet and interact with other ICOM members, especially ICME members; with a hope that it would bring enrichment on the ongoing research topics and issues facing museum professions. The ICOM proceedings and ICME meeting achieved that goal fully. It was a grand opportunity to peer in the challenges which faces museum professionals world over. I appreciated the fact that theft of cultural heritage is a phenomenon affecting all museums. In addition the need to include the community was a very important point raised. Cyber Museology was also an issue raised that rarely occurs in the mind of an African Curator.
The meeting was also an eye-opener especially on the ongoing research as noticed from the Norwegian counterparts. The meeting opened up new links with other professionals outside Zambia. And this interaction enhanced my profession as am relatively new in the field of museology. Moto Moto Museum is currently engaging in the reorganization of its permanent exhibitions, and the ICME organized visit to ethnographic museums in Austria proved most beneficial in this respect. From the museums visited, I learnt about trends in exhibition design as well as how best to conserve objects.

Goals as Young ICME Member

I am still hopeful that I can have other interactions like the Vienna experience. This would aid me to better develop the museum, my museological profession as well as better contribute to ICME. The paper presentations were indeed ‘knowledge powered’. And that is an aspect I wish to take part in; that in the future.

The ICME membership as well as representation from Africa is still low. It would be pleasing to be part of the stimulators of growth in membership of ICME in Africa.

Namasiku Kabika

<h3>4. EXHIBITION: ROMANIA – CHANGING VIEW POINTS (RUMÄNIEN - BLICKWECHSEL)</h3>

A special exhibition at the Museum of European Cultures, Berlin

How does one present a country whose perception in western media varies between negative headlines and glossy postcards for tourists? Images of street kids in Bucharest give way to idyllic landscapes, begging Roma kids contrast with modern shopping malls. Romania, a member of the European Union for almost a year now, embodies many contrasts and contradictions. The pictorial journey to Romania sets out in the second half of the 19th century, when engravings are slowly being replaced by photographs. The technology is new, but the choice of motifs is entirely in the tradition of old paintings and lithos. Arranged studio photographs, often portraying actors dressed as peasants or shepherds in traditional gear, give evidence of the urban interest in the countryside at that time. Glorification of rural life, combined with romantic nationalism at the beginning of the 20th century provide a fountain of clichés about Romania that have persisted to this very day inside and outside the country. They can be found on postcards, and in picture books and travel literature, even when the reality has long since changed completely. The images have penetrated deeply into the subconscious and the observer's expectation accordingly. The Berlin exhibition consciously juxtaposes these stereotypes with numerous still photographs and moving pictures of Romania today: the non-traditional view. The images have been conceived by German and Romanian photographers, professionals as well as amateurs. They choose their own point of view, their individual motif and detail, and thus a mosaic of everyday life situations eventually forms itself into an image of Romania that has nothing to do with high gloss pictures or sensationalpress photographs. Instead, manifold realities of a country undergoing radical change are revealed: a strong belief in progress confronts strong traditional values; radical development is experienced next to regressive standards. Against this backdrop a complex view of people in modern Romania develops, with their creativity and their concepts of life between wishfulness and reality.

In realizing this concept the exhibition does not follow the usual method of putting pictures on display. The concept of changing the viewpoint is not just pertinent to the exhibition but relates to its artistic design. There are no extended texts explaining various aspects, but rather one introductory and one associative text to introduce the concept. The visitor is not prescribed one view of Romania, but is given numerous possible approaches to the country. A great variety of forms of presentation also allow for a constant change of viewpoint: large photographs lit from the back are contrasted with series of small pictures on large sized sheets. Film clips on small monitors stand back to back with film projections. Like an eternal golden braid, a montage of newspaper clippings from papers published in Romania is rolled out along the walls.

The central element of the exhibition’s design –from which all photograph series are hung –is a large, 2 meter high and 25 meter long spiral fixed to the ceiling. On the outside of this flows the river Danube – in the form of a digital projection. Following the ”river“ to the inner side of the eddy the visitor faces a highly colourful presentation of large photographs on the inside of the coil.

The coil itself also represents the basic concept of media within the exhibition. This concept is a holistic one, giving equal value to all media formats, be it engravings, photographs, film or animated computer sequences. The projection on the coil uses particularly the emotional value of the medium of film far more than its informational value. The calmly moving image of the stream that winds 25 meters into the exhibition emotionalizes the visitor and attunes him to the exhibition. This installation is deliberately not meant to go beyond such only vaguely perceived informational value, as are other media installations in the exhibition, e.g., a film about a nunnery projected onto a wall of fog, which leaves the visitor with a vague, mysteriously fading image of an orthodox world. And no more than that; where other exhibitions frequently use film in a didactic way to explain artefacts on display on a meta-level, here film, or rather media, have themselves become artifacts, integrated into all the objects on display. They are but one more viewpoint relating to the complex concept of Romania, the nation. Their content, form and function have become artefacts.

This didactic approach is almost futuristic. No film in the exhibition, be it vaguely emotionalizing or of outright informative value asks for the visitor’s attention for more than three minutes – the timespan any visitor is willing to dedicate to an artefact, but every media item stands in direct visual and conceptual context with all other artefacts, this being a mutual relationship. This homogeneity unobtrusively but compellingly leads the visitor to the basic conclusion of the exhibition: what is the concept of the Romanian nation?

The exhibition presents a multitude of facets, but not encyclopedic knowledge. An approach to encyclopaedic knowledge is given in the info gallery attached to the exhibition, where the visitor will find a large number of books, newspapers, film and internet-access that provide an opportunity for extensive study of Romanian related information of all kinds. The exhibition aims to raise an awareness of an image of Romania beyond the common cliché and tradition. The unexpected perspective in conjunction with the unexpected presentation opens the eye to surprisingly fresh insights. It might help abandon those extremely persistent clichés about Romania and might shift our image of Romania closer to reality – by a change of viewpoints.

Wolfgang Davis, Beate Wild

The exhibition ”Rumänien – Blickwechsel“ is open to the public until March, 16th, 2008, and will be travelling afterwards.
Exhibition “Rumänien – Blickwechsel” Museum Europäischer Kulturen Arnimallee 25D-14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
contact:
w.davis@smb.spk-berlin.de
b.wild@smb.spk-berlin.de


<h3>5. PRESENTATION OF ICME BOARD MEMBERS </h3>

In this and the following newsletters we will present the members of the new ICME board. Within a few months all presentations can be found on the ICME website.

Ralf Cèplak Mencin

Born in 1955 in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he graduated in ethnology and psychology in 1981. 23 years of work in different museums (provincial, city, ethnographic). 11 years head of Museum of non- European Cultures in Gorièane castle near Ljubljana. His research work is focused in the field of museology, sinology and tibetology. Two mandates chair of Museum Association of Slovenia (1991 -95), two mandates chair of ICOM Slovenia National Committee (1997- 2003). Member of the board of ICOM/ICME (1989-92) and ICOM-Europe (2002-2007), member of the ICOM Task Force on National Committees and Regional Organizations (2005 – 2007). He has published more than one hundred fifty articles and two books, was co-author of the~ Museums Guide in Slovenia (1992) and organised (was author or co-author) sixteen museum exhibitions. He has held numerous lectures in Slovenia and abroad (Germany, France, Austria, Romania and Hungary). Vice-chairman of KULA (Slovene ethnological and anthropological association), member of EASA (The European Association of Social Anthropologists), Tibet support group of Slovenia, Slovene Museum Society.

Anette Rein

Director, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt am Main
I was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on April, 15, 1955. In 1975, I went to the former West-Berlin to study Social Anthropology, Pedagogics and American Archaeology (Altamerikanistik) at the Free University. In my M.A. thesis I analyzed the Balinese mask drama "Barongan". After finishing all the exams I became part of a Swiss project to conduct research in Bali (1985-1987) on Balinese dances. In 1994 I finished my PhD. thesis on Balinese temple dances, which are still practiced today in the Eastern part of the island.
My professional career was always been split between my work at museums and at universities. During my studies in Berlin I worked for eight years as a freelance worker in the Museum für Völkerkunde (today: Ethnologisches Museum) in several departments. After my research time in Bali I started to work as an assistant (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz (1987-1994), in 1994 I went to Kupang in Timor (Indonesia) to teach at the Universitas Nusa Cendana as a short time lecturer. In January 1995, I moved to Leipzig where I worked as an assistant (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) at the University Leipzig until 2000. On April 1st, 2000 I started my job as a director of the Museum für Völkerkunde (today: Museum der Weltkulturen = Museum of World Cultures) in Frankfurt am Main.

During my studies and my teaching times I always followed my special interests of how can we translate different world views to each other and how can we communicate them for a better mutual understanding. I have specialized on dance anthropology, ritual studies, gender studies and museum studies (material culture) concentrating also on non-verbal ways of communication and the possibilities of transferring knowledge without talking or writing - but by moving and acting. Working as a director of an~ethnographic museum I~find it very important to combine in our exhibitions the knowledge of the tangible and intangible knowledge of the world cultural heritage. So I participate in many conferences organized by the UNESCO and other institutions which are working on these topics belonging to the world cultural heritage.

Barbara Woroncow

OBE, MA, FMA Degree in Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge University. Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Leicester and Further Education Teacher’s Certificate, Leeds Polytechnic. 8 years experience 1975-1983 as a Curator of Ethnography in local government museum services. Elected Chairman of the Museum Ethnographers Group 1982-1984.
4 years as Deputy Director 1983-1987 and 16 years 1987-2003 as Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Museums Council, a strategic regional development body funded by the UK Ministry of Culture, the DCMS, with responsibility for 200 museums of all types and sizes. Awarded Associateship (AMA) in 1977 and Fellowship (FMA) in 1989 of the UK Museums Association. Elected President of the Yorkshire & Humberside Federation of Museums & Art Galleries 1994-1996. Elected President of the UK Museums Association 1996-1998. Experience of development, advisory and training work in the cultural sector in Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Macedonia, Hungary, Tajikistan and Armenia. Expert Adviser to UNESCO and Project Co-ordinator for museums in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan 2003 – 2005. Awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000 for services to museums.

Current appointments
Deputy Chair, UNESCO UK National Commission Culture Committee Independent Assessor for Public Appointments for DCMS
Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Yorkshire Tourist Board and member of the YTB Executive and Nominations Committees
Deputy Chair of the Leeds Cultural Partnership Member of the Going Up A League
Executive of the Leeds Initiative Member of the Court of the University of York Visiting Research Associate, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University
Member of the Board of ICOM UK (International Council of Museums), ICME and the St. Petersburg Centre for Museum Development

Annette B. Fromm

Dr. Annette B. Fromm is a folklorist and museum specialist. At the present she serves as Associate Professor/Coordinator of Museum Studies at Florida International University and Membership/Education Coordinator at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. She also serves as President of the International Committee of Museums of Ethnography (ICME). Over the past thirty years has Fromm has worked in museums in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Florida. Fromm gained her basic experience in essential museum functions and human relations practices as a collections assistant at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. At the Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum, a pioneering museum that emphasized the diversity of Cleveland, Ohio, Fromm cut her teeth in working with immigrant/ethnic communities. She established all the museum functions for this grass-roots organization, developed a series of exhibits, and supervised an oral history project. Fromm was able to put much of this cumulative experience into practice at the Fenster Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa. Among other activities, she initiated the Oklahoma Jewish Archives Project to preserve local history. At the Creek Council House Museum she was responsible for a $1 million restoration of a 19th century building for continued use as a museum. She also made reestablished all museum procedures including temporary and permanent exhibits.

At the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Fromm was the planner for all social science exhibits. Under her leadership, all cultural exhibits were developed - the Global Gallery, the Fred Brown Gallery of Native American Art, and the People of Oklahoma Gallery, which explores an expanse of 15,000 years of people in Oklahoma. The later was accomplished through the establishment and involvement of a Native American Advisory Committee. As Director of Education at the Jewish Museum of Florida she was responsible for developing all curricular and docent material for permanent and temporary exhibits on Florida Jewish history as well as public programs.

Fromm managed the Deering Estate at Cutler, a 440+ acre environmental, archeological, architectural and historic preserve on Biscayne Bay. There she directed the staff in the development of cultural and environmental programs.

Fromm’s doctoral dissertation, “We Are Few, Folklore and Ethnic Identity of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Greece,” written for Indiana University, was published in November, 2007 by Lexington Press. She has conducted extensive field research in ethnic communities across the United States and in Greece. Fromm has published articles on immigrant-ethnic groups in America, Jews in Greece, Greek folklore, Native Americans in museums, multicultural museums, and folk art. Another area of research is food history and traditions. She has taught many workshops on folklore and folklife, American ethnicity and museum issues. Fromm has taught anthropology and museum studies at the University of Tulsa for over seven years.

<h3>6. UP-COMING CONFERENCES</h3>

January 17-18 2007
“Clothing childhood, fashioning society: Children’s clothing in Britain in the 20th century”, the Pasold Research Fund, the Foundling Museum, London, UK
http://www.pasold.co.uk/conferences.html

February 21-23, 2008
“Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story”,The College of The Bahamas
http://www.cob.edu.bs/News/AbolitionConference/

February 29 – March 1, 2008
“Journeys of Expression VII: Celebrating the Edges of the World: Tourism and Festivals of the Coast and Sea”, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
http://www.tourism-culture.com/

Wednesday 5th March 2008
10am - 4pm. “Celebrating Diversity and Looking at the Impact of the Slave-Trade and Multiculturalism Today”. Part of the Hunterian Diversity Initiative Funded by Awards for All. Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
http://www.museumethnographersgroup.org.uk/?p=news&n_id=42

March 13 - 14, 2008
“Memory as Medium: Experience, Exchange, Representation”, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
http://www.cgcannualconference.ca/ 1

9 March 2008
“Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation”, Nottingham, United Kingdom
http://www.meccsa.org.uk/pgn/

2-4 April 2008
"Folklore and Ethnomusicology", Istanbul Technical University Musicology Club 1st International Student Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.muzikbilimi.itu.edu.tr/sempozyum/index_en.htm

April 5, 2008
”Muslim Geographies”, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool.
http://www.liv.ac.uk/geography/muslimgeographies/

April 27 – May 1, 2008
Annual meeting and MuseumExpo, American Association of Museum Denver Colorado.
http://www.aam-us.org/

16 May 2008
“Culture in Physical and Virtual Space, Cultural Immigration or Settlement: With Emphasis on Iran”, Tehran, Iran
http://inaes.ut.ac.ir/Events/news_layer.php?id=101

5 to 7 July 2008
“1st Global Conference: Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues”, Oxford, United Kingdom 
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ci/transformations/diasporas/d1/cfp.html

5 to 7 July 2008
“4th Global Conference: Creative Engagements: Thinking with Children”, Oxford, United Kingdom 
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ati/education/cp/ce4/cfp.htm

30 August 2008 to 6 September 2008
“Intellectual Property & Intellectual Technology”, Seattle -Alaska, Cruise from Seattle Washington, United States - Canada – Russia
http://www.cruise.apollomuses.com/

<h3>7. CALL FOR PAPERS</h3>

Museum Ethnography at Home
10th & 11th April 2008
Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford
ONLY A FEW SLOTS FOR PAPERS REMAINING! Museums of anthropology are supposed to be fascinated by 'the other', the material culture of exotic cultures and remote places, far from the site of the museums. However, the Pitt Rivers Museum is not the only UK ethnographic museum which actually has large ethnographic and archaeological collections from its own country.

This conference will explore the many aspects of museum ethnography at home. It is hoped that participants will explore this theme as widely as possible and it is anticipated that not all of the 'homes' that will be explored will be English or British. Papers might consider the kind of issues that arise when carrying out ethnographic research in a home country or else look at historic research or historic collections of 'home' material.

It is hoped that one of the sessions will be led by Chris Gosden, Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford University, who is currently the leader of an ESRC-funded 3 year research project looking into precisely these issues regarding the large English collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Other sessions may focus on other museums and collections.

In addition, a 'work in progress' session is planned for up-to-date information on current and on-going projects, this may relate to any field of museum ethnography not just this year's conference theme (informal 5-10 minute presentations are required).

Papers from the conference may be considered for publication in the Journal of Museum Ethnography published annual by the Group. There will be single accommodation and a three-course conference dinner available at St. John's College.

For further information or to propose papers or sessions contact:
Alison Petch, Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP United Kingdom
Tel: [+44] [0]1865 613007
eMail: alison.petch@prm.ox.ac.uk
The closing date for submissions and abstracts is Friday 1 February 2008. Booking form can be found at
http://www.museumethnographersgroup.org.uk/?p=cms&pid=1

The Contentious Museum
'The Contentious Museum' conference will be held in Aberdeen on 20-21 November 2008. The sixth biennial University Museums in Scotland conference, it will draw together a variety of people with professional, academic and community interests in museums in Scotland and elsewhere.

Museums have become increasingly contentious places, engaging with debates on issues such as repatriation, genocide, slavery, censorship, power and the treatment of human remains. This conference will discuss how responding to such challenges enables museums to depart from tradition and embrace different ways of thinking, working and developing new audiences.

Proposals are invited for individual papers of 30 minutes. Proposals should take the form of an outline of the topic to be covered and the name and contact details of the proposer. It is intended that selected papers will be published in a special issue of Museum Management and Curatorship. Please indicate if you would like your paper considered for publication.
All proposals for sessions or individual papers must be received by 29 February 2008. An outline programme and booking form will be available from May 2008.

Further information is available from, and proposals should be sent to,
Neil Curtis
Senior Curator Marischal Museum University of Aberdeen
Marischal College Aberdeen AB10 1YSScotland
T: (+44) 01224 274304

General call for papers

The London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries (LJTSCI) is a new on-line journal that seeks to publish articles on a variety of related topics encapsulating London's diversity and the nature of its local-global interactions.~ The journal addresses a broad subject field. While under the banner of tourism, sport and the creative industries it also includes, but is not restricted to, events, the arts – including music and dance - heritage, hospitality, advertising & communications, music media & entertainment.

The http://blogs.londonmet.ac.uk/ljtsci/welcome-to-the-london-journal-of-tourism-sport-and-creative-industries/call-for-papers-inaugural-edition-of-ljtsci/%20London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries is presently making a general call for papers on a range of topics relating to the above themes. ~ The journal has an inclusive editorial policy and accepts a wide range of research articles and notes on work-in-progress, discussion pieces, case studies, conceptual development articles.
The journal aims to be a meeting place for research and discussion on a wealth of topics that should appeal to scholars, practitioners, policy makers and general readers.
Articles can include research, works-in progress, case studies, developments in theory, book reviews and general reviews contributing to the development of the subject field.
We encourage submissions relating to these topics from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives; such as anthropology, management, economics, politics, history, sociology, psychology, cultural studies and marketing.

Please email abstracts and enquiries to the editor
p.kitchin@londonmet.ac.uk
London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries

<h3>8. OTHER UP-COMING EVENTS</h3>

SHAOLIN:
Temple of Zen, photographs by Justin Guariglia

Over the course of eight years, American photographer Justin Guariglia gained unprecedented access to China’s legendary fifteen-hundred-year-old Shaolin Temple and its inhabitants, the “warrior monks,” who dedicate their lives to practicing a form of kung fu referred to as the “vehicle of Zen.” Driven by his passion for Chinese culture and Shaolin, Guariglia earned the full trust and collaboration of the monks to create a stunning photographic documentation of this revered, centuries-old art form that is being exhibited for the first time in Shaolin: Temple of Zen. The exhibition will tour for 4 years through Aperture Foundation beginning spring 2008.

For complete information, please contact Annette Rosenblatt, Exhibitions Coordinator, at (212) 946-7128 or visit the website at http://www.aperture.org/store/travex-detail.aspx?exhibition_id=45

<h3>9. WORDS FROM THE EDITOR</h3>

With this newsletter we would like to wish all ICME members and subscribers to the ICME newsletter a Happy New Year.
We are happy to be able to present the programme for this year’s annual conference taking place in Jerusalem. Further information about the conference will follow in the next newsletter. But already now, I will encourage contributions to the newsletter on the conference theme of ‘Migration, Diaspora and Pilgrimage’. These contributions may reflect on ongoing projects, exhibition reviews or research projects.

In this newsletter we have also started a round of presentations of the ICME board members. Considering the number of members of the board (18!) we have decided only to present 4 or 5 board members in each newsletter in order for everyone to be able to present thoughts and ideas, and not just the regular two-liner bio. The presentations will be available on the ICME-website with photos as soon as it is ready.We are still working on the new ICME website. Hopefully, it will be ready within a month or two so that we can present the latest information on the Annual Conference in Jerusalem, and make the papers from last year’s sessions in Vienna available.

As always I will also encourage comments on the newsletter. Would you like more information on conferences etc.? Would you like the newsletter to introduce discussion themes? Please, let me know if you think this newsletter could do better to fulfil its purposes.

Peter Bjerregaard

The deadline for the next issue is March 28 2008.
Please send news and contributions to:
editor@icme.icom.museum

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Peter Bjerregaard
PhD candidate

Moesgård Museum
Dept. of Anthropology and Ethnography
University of Aarhus
Moesgård
DK-8270 Højbjerg
Denmark

Phone: +45 89424642
Fax: +45 89424655

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