On December 1-3, the Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy in Greece, and the British Council will present the 11th International CoMuseum Conference: (Re)Positioning the Museum of Tomorrow. The virtual conference is organized in collaboration with the British Embassy in Athens and Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Municipality of Athens, and ICOM Greece. The CoMuseum is supported by Uni Systems S.M.S.A. and Microsoft as Major sponsors.

Museums and cultural organizations are in a unique position in their communities and in the world to help tackle modern challenges related to social inequality, health and safety, and the climate emergency. The CoMuseum 2021 will explore the repositioning of museums and cultural institutions through a human-centered approach, drawing upon new tools, skills and leadership models. Some of the topics that the CoMuseum 2021 will address include sustainability and digital strategies; the future of collections, curating and storytelling; the social impact of cultural organizations; and museums’ roles in the climate crisis.

During the eleventhinstallment of this annual conference, professionals from international museums and cultural organizations, artists, civil society representatives, educators, and academics will examine the above issues through keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, workshops and masterclasses.

The conference will feature global experts and cultural leaders from around the world who will share their knowledge and experience through a series of presentations and discussions. A list of featured speakers follows below.

On December 2 and 3, the CoMuseum will present a series of virtual workshops and masterclasses for museum and cultural professionals.

The working language for the Conference and all related activities will be English.

Registration for the conference and the workshops/masterclasses opens onNovember 15at the Co Museum webpage(http://thecomuseum.org)and will remain open through November 29. Registration is required for all events.

Participation in the 2021 CoMuseum International Conference is admission-free.

Featured speakers include:

  1. Dr Stephen Ashton, Director, Audience Research and Evaluation, Thanksgiving Point (U.S.A.)
  2. Alexandra Bounia, Professor of Museology, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean (GR)
  3. Katy Bunning, Lecturer in the School of Museum Studies, Member, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester (UK)
  4. Will Cary, Chief of Business Strategy and Analytics, The Barnes Foundation (U.S.A.)
  5. Nikos Chatzigeorgiou, Managing Partner, C2h Environmental Engineering (GR)
  6. Catherine Devine, Microsoft Worldwide Education, Business Strategy Leader – Libraries & Museums (U.S.)
  7. Alexia Dotsi, Schools Network Ambassador, Museotek (GR)
  8. Alexis Galinos, Executive Director BoD, Organization Earth, Vice President, Athens-Epidaurus Festival (GR)
  9. Katerina Gregos, Artistic Director, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens (GR)
  10. Sophia Handaka, CoMuseum Host, Curator of World Cultures, Benaki Museum (GR)
  11. Emily Johnson, Field Services Manager, Office of Museum Services, Utah Division of Arts & Museums (U.S.A.)
  12. Aksana Khan, Community Mentoring Officer, Arts Emergency (UK)
  13. Polina Kosmadaki, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Head of the Department of Paintings, Benaki Museum (GR)
  14. AngelikiKosmopoulou, Executive Director, A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation (GR)
  15. Dr Bernadette Lynch, Writer, Researcher, Lecturer, Solidarity Action Network (UK)
  16. Dr MatinaMagkou, Independent Consultant, Researcher and Trainer (GR/FR)
  17. Dr Michelle Mileham, Project Manager, Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI), Utah Division of Arts & Museums (U.S.A.)
  18. Thouli Misirloglou, Art Historian, PhD, Acting Director of MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts (GR)
  19. Dr Prodromos Monastiridis, Head of the Marketing and Fundraising Department, Thessaloniki Convention and Cultural Center (GR)
  20. Dragos Neamu, Founder of National Network of Romanian Museums (RO)
  21. Kari Ross Nelson, Research and Evaluation Associate, Thanksgiving Point Institute (U.S.A.)
  22. Ioanna Nissiriou, Managing Director, Founder, We Need Books (GR)
  23. Simon O’Connor, Director, Museum of Literature Ireland – MoLI (IE)
  24. Kelly Papakonstantinou, Conservator of Works of Art, Museum Consultant – Museotek (GR)
  25. Christodoulos Panayiotou, Artist (CY)
  26. Lucia Pietroiusti, Founder, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries(UK)
  27. Patricia Rahemipour, Director of the Institut fürMuseumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research) (DE)
  28. Asad Raza, Artist (U.S.A.)
  29. Adam Rozan, Director of Programs and Audience Development at Smithsonian National Museum of American History (U.S.A.)
  30. Richard Sandell, Professor, School of Museum Studies, Co-director Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester (UK)
  31. Valentina Sokratous, Museum and Educational Programs Coordinator, Ethnological Museum Thrace (GR)
  32. Iphigenia Taxopoulou, General Secretary, mitos21 | Julie’s Bicycle Associate (GR)
  33. Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Prof. ESAD – TALM Academy of fine arts and design, Angers (FR)
  34. Thalia Tsalkitzi, Department Manager, Solutions in Culture, Uni Systems S.M.S.A, Chair of the Board, Museotek (GR)
  35. Dr Leda Tsene, Founder Athens Comics Library (GR)
  36. Eva Vaslamatzi,Ηistorian of Art, Ιndependent Curator and Writer (GR)
  37. Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robins Director, Arts & Nature Center, Peabody Essex Museum (U.S.A.)
  38. Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)
  39. ChrysaZarkali, Public Relations Communications Officer at MOMus – Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (GR)
  40. Nikolaos Zouros, Director, Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (GR)

For more information contact [email protected].

To register for the conferencevisit: https://thecomuseum.org