Matters of Care: Museum Futures in Times of Planetary Precarity

CONFERENCE CANCELLATION: Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we have regretfully decided to cancel this conference. We have been closely monitoring the changing situation and following Public Health England's advice. Due to the changing situation around the virus over the past few days, we have received many cancellations both from speakers and participants, who - with much regret - have had to cancel their participation due to Covid19 related international travel restrictions. Furthermore, having considered the risks involved for all of us as participants regarding health and care related matters, we feel that this is the only right decision to make.

Over the next few weeks, we will be working with speakers and project management to see what digital/other means and dates we can find to continue our conversations on museum futures in times of planetary precarity, a conversation that feels even more urgent now in this globally precarious moment.

 

Wednesday 18 March - Friday 20 March  

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How can ethnographic and world cultures museums use their collections and galleries as spaces which create active discussion around the impact of humans on the planet, while also highlighting what long-term perspectives can tell us about sustainability for developing positive futures. Can we find practical steps which would make a difference now, and how can we learn from each other's efforts? How do we practice what we preach, find ways to do better, and what role should museums like ours play?

A dramatic rise in environmental pollution and climatic changes has raised public awareness of and anxieties regarding the future of the planet. While planetary in cause and scale, the negative effects of these environmental changes are unequally distributed, affecting most intensely some of those whose positions are already most fragile, including indigenous and formerly colonized peoples and contributing to rising global insecurity and inequality. The project TAKING CARE - Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care project, funded by Creative Europe, invites ethnographic and world cultures museums to join the search for strategies to address these issues.

To mark the launch of the TAKING CARE project, the Pitt Rivers Museum will be hosting this conference, framed around the notion of care and proposing world cultures museums as places of encounter and practice, of social experimentation and innovation, knowledge and skills, where diverse ways of knowing can be (re)discovered, co-created and publicly shared. Museums, as sites of care, have a role to play in working towards a sustainable, convivial future.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION, THE PROGRAMME AND VENUE FOR WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH HAVE BEEN AMENDED. AS A RESULT ALL BOOKINGS FOR SESSION 1 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE REBOOK TO HEAR THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS WHO HAVE NOW BEEN MOVED TO THURSDAY (SESSION 2).  WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

N.B. If you wish to hear these speakers but are unable to make Thursday, please note that we are planning to record all the talks and make them available on our website.

See the full conference schedule here.