“Rethinking Museums and Sustainable Development for the Global Profession. Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement” is the title of the ICOM-ICTOP’s annual conference, which will be held in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, Oct. 21-25, 2014.

This meeting will be an intensive Professional Development Program in partnership with ICOM Vietnam, Vietnam Ministry of Culture and Tourism, ICOM MINOM, and the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum with the support of the ICOM Asia Pacific Alliance. According to the announcement: “This is a remarkable opportunity to join with Asia Pacific colleagues, Inclusive Museum and Vietnam colleagues to address pressing issues in sustainability, professional development, appropriate museology and capacity building.” Applied museum & heritage workshops will include:

-Museums and Gender Mainstreaming

-Planning for Growth – City Museums

-Ecomuseology and Sustainable Development

-Ethnology Museums in Southeast Asia

-Interpreting Legacies

-Professional Development: Communities to Global Capacity Building

Call for Papers

Context: The recent debates on rethinking museums and collections are challenging hegemonic notions of museology and the conventional approaches to capacity building in museums. Further, questions of museum development world-wide, professional development, and future appropriate directions are yet to be addressed either in ICOM or other circles.

Deadline for papers is June 30, 2014.

Guiding documents

ICOM 2013 Resolutions 4 and 6 from Rio

RESOLUTION NO. 4 addresses: Museums, Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion: Benchmarking against the ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter, Shanghai 2010

RESOLUTION NO. 6 addresses: Viability and Sustainability of Museums

ICOM Code of Ethics; ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter (PDF); and Rio +20 & UN Post 2015 Development Agenda material.