Rethinking the Museum: Fifteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

Friday, April 22, 2022 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 24, 2022 - 5:00pm
1916 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

As the pandemic nears its two-year mark, The Inclusive Museum Research Network is coming up with innovative and refreshing methods to rethink the way we communicate with one another, choose to gather, and evolve in an era of globalization to be more inclusive. For the network’s fifteenth international conference on the inclusive museum, they seek to do exactly that by offering a blended conference experience at the Moore College of Art and Design. 


Using three different themes - visitors, collections, and representations - the conference will embody the network’s mission of building an “epistemic community” to “make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.” There will be short presentations of case studies, poster sessions to display visual media and artwork, interactive sessions with the audience, focused discussions in small groups, themed paper presentations, and garden conversations. 


The network notes that the “triangulation of BLM, Climate Emergency and the Pandemic” has led to a dramatic reordering of priorities in museum spaces that are more reflective of the reality beyond their walls. The conference hopes to explore the avenues of change that can be taken to better accomplish this goal.


The ambitious three day event in April will host some of the field’s expert thinkers and leading innovators to help dissect the conference’s mission. The 2022 Emerging Scholars Award recipients from all over the world, one of whom resides here in Philadelphia, will be in attendance as well. Ranging from discussing what it means to have museums without borders to the potential of multisensory spaces to the decolonization of exhibits, this conference will introduce new, bold perspectives and lead the world of art one step closer towards championing inclusivity.



Image Credit: The Inclusive Museum Network






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