The theme for this year’s INTERCOM meeting is Museums and Human Rights. For this reason we are joining with the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) to deliver challenging and thoughtprovoking
sessions. At the INTERCOM2009 meeting in Torreon, Mexico a Declaration was proclaimed that called attention to a museum’s responsibility to promote Human Rights:
INTERCOM believes that it is a fundamental responsibility of museums,wherever possible, to be active in promoting diversity and human rights,respect and equality for people of all origins, beliefs and background.
This Declaration is central to INTERCOM as it addresses the subject of changing roles of museums and current challenges in museum management. The Torreon Declaration has since been quoted throughout the international museum world.
Museums need to learn new skills as the importance of social responsibility continues to grow. David Fleming, founding President of FIHRM, argues that museums should actively take a position on controversial and difficult issues.
Museums should place themselves at the heart of debates and be open about political issues. Many museums, regardless of size or resources, share similar challenges in dealing with difficult and controversial subjects.In these sessions we wish to look at recent and current examples of progressive work, in terms of combating inequalities, discrimination and other human rights abuses.
We would now like to invite you to submit your proposal for this exciting session. Find out more
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PAPERS COMING SOON!
“INTERCOM 2013 was a wonderful experience for more than 90 delegates from more than 20 countries, held in one of the world’s great cities, Sydney.The high standard of presentations and discussions enhanced further INTERCOM’s reputation for hosting meaningful and memorable conferences. Great credit must go to the organising committee and presenters, and thanks to all sponsors, particularly the Getty Foundation for enabling delegates from low GDP countries to attend and share their experiences.” INTERCOM President Greg McManus
Over three days museum professionals from all over the world came together to discuss these challenges in a lively and thought provoking sessions. Thanks to a generous grant from The Getty Foundation, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) eight museum professionals from low GDP countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe attended the conference and presented a paper on museum challenges in their country.
The Torreon Declaration was made at the 2009 annual meeting of INTERCOM, which was held in Torreon, Mexico and attended by over 180 deegates from 20 countries across all continents. The Torreon Declaration indicates that museums around the world are now active in displaying and analysing the many and complex aspects of human rights and the representation of minorities and other disadvantaged groups. We would like to disseminate the message as widely as possible and would like you to contribute by sending us a version in your language.
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Last updated 17-12-12
INTERCOM believes that it is a fundamental responsibility of museums, wherever possible, to be active in promoting diversity and human rights, respect and equality for people of all origins, beliefs and background.