Museums as Agents of Memory and Change

Estonian History Museum, Tallinn (Pirita tee 56, Tallinn)
Estonian National Museum, Tartu, Estonia (Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu)

Wednesday, 24/04/2019
Location: Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe History Centre

15:00 Registration
Film Museum

16:00 Opening and Welcome Address
Cinema and Conference Hall

Alar Karis, Director of the Estonian National Museum
Merilin Piipuu, Ministry of Culture Undersecretary for Cultural Heritage

16:15-17:30 Keynote 1: Cinema and Conference Hall 

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Poland). Museums and the Politics of History
Chair Pille Runnel, Estonian National Museum 

17:30-19:00 Session 1: Cinema and Conference Hall

Panel 1: Memory Regimes I: Breaking Old Narratives
Chair Maarja Kaaristo, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUniversity of Tartu

Vikki Hawkins (Imperial War Museum, UK). The Imperial War Museums’ Second World War Gallery Regeneration Project
Natalia Romik (POLIN Museum, Poland),  Justyna Koszarska-Szulc (POLIN Museum, Poland). Beyond autonomy. The Curatorial Struggles Against Contemporary Anti-Semitism. The Case of the Exhibition Estranged. March ’68 and Its Aftermath
Janicke Kernland (Helgeland Museum, Norway). Fiction as a Means to Help Change the Established, Collective Way of Remembering the Past

19:00-21:00 Opening Reception at the Estonian History Museum
Summer Hall

Thursday, 25/04/2019
Location: Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe History Centre

9:00 Registration
Film Museum 

9:15-11:15 Session 2AB

Panel 2A: The "Specific" Past - Global Futures
Chair Kristel Rattus, Estonian National Museum

Fireplace Hall

Valeria Pica (ICOM Committee for Education and Mediation, American University of Rome, Italy), Ilenia Atzori (Independent Researcher, Italy). Remembering and Forgetting: How Memories are Taken for Granted
Kirstie Jamieson (Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland), Marta Discepoli (Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland), Ella Leith (University of Edinburgh, Scotland). The Deaf Heritage Collective: Collaboration and Critical Intent
Clara de Massol (King’s College London, UK). The Climate Museum: Preserving the Past and Constructing the Future at a Time of Ecological Catastrophes
Kelly Diaz (University of Pennsylvania, USA). Queer and Trans Museums: Successes and Limitations in Reach, Audience, Place, and Experience

Panel 2B: Involvements and Collaborations
Chair Agnes Aljas, Estonian National Museum
Cinema and Conference Hall

Aleksandra Kubica (King’s College London, UK). Engaging with Difficult Memory about Jews in Collaborative Museum-Making: Museum on Wheels on Tour in Rural Poland
Jakub Jareš (The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Czech Republic). Czech Museums as Agents of Uncontested Memory
Alisa Maximova (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia). Small-Town Local History Museums in Russia: Participation, Agency, and Survival

11:15 Coffee Break
Fireplace Hall and Estonian Film Museum Cafeteria

11:45-13:45 Session 3AB

Panel 3A: Critical Museum and Global Narratives
Chair Siobhan Kattago, University of Tartu
Fireplace Hall

Kristin Josvoll (Texas A&M University, USA), JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz (Texas A&M University, USA). “Memory Words” and Museums: Promoting Never Again in Post-Conflict Societies: a Look at Guatemala and Bosnia
Pin-chia Feng (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan). Revisiting the Past and Reconfiguring Transformative Changes: “Anne × Ama— Girls Under Fire in WWII” at Taipei’s Ama Museum
Margaret Helen Freeman (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). “Don’t Touch, I Am Very Monumental": Museums of American Indian Culture and History as Sites of Ongoing Colonialism
Thomas Overdick (Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media, Germany), Sven Klomp (Impuls-Design GmbH & Co KG, Germany). “Rum, Sweat, and Tears”. A Change of Perspective in Curating and Displaying Colonial History

Panel 3B: "Difficult" Collections
Chair Kristina Jõekalda, Estonian Academy of Arts
Cinema and Conference Hall

Kersti Tainio (University of Helsinki, Finland). Old Masters Meet Russian Revolutions
Lea Grüter (Rijksmuseum, Netherlands). Le Musée du Louvre and the Orphan Art Works of Salle 804 =- A Lieu de Mémoire in the Discourse of Nazi Looted Art Restitution
Anita Ilieva Nikolovska (Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Republic of North Macedonia). Placing Museum Collections in Context: Historical Collections and Their Contemporary Cultural and Social Relevance
Marina Valle Noronha (Aalto University, Brazil/Finland), No Longer Artwork

13:45 Lunch
Estonian History Museum Restaurant

14:45-16:45 Session 4AB

Panel 4A: The Politics of Collections, Curation and Representation
Chair Kirsti Jõesalu, University of Tartu
Fireplace Hall 

Kathryn A. Hoffmann (University of Hawaii, USA). Negotiating Inconvenient Pasts: Repurposed Objects and New Histories in Museums of Anatomy, Anthropology, and Natural History
Annika Kirbis (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany). Changing Collections: The Two-Sided Story of 'Turkish' Objects in Vienna's Museums
Hannah Wilson (Nottingham Trent University, UK). The Materialisation of Sobibór Death Camp: Artefacts, Narratives and Representation

Panel 4B: Museum Practices Workshop
Chair Mary-Ann Talvistu
Cinema and Conference Hall 

Jari Harju (Helsinki City Museum, Finland). Our City, Our History
Emelie Höglund (Hallwyl Museum, Sweden). Disarmed by Drama-Methodology
Lise Johnsen (Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger, Norway). ‘Museum without Cabinets’
Tehmina Goskar (Curatorial Research Centre, UK), Emmie Kell (Cornwall Museums Partnership, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Emmie Kell Consulting, UK). Who’s in Charge? Collaborative Leadership and the Democratisation of Curation
Nina Robbins (University of Helsinki, Finland). Museological Value Dialogue and Memory Institutions

17:00 Exhibition Tours at the Estonian History Museum (optional)

Tour 1: Curators’ tour of the My Free Country exhibition. Curator Krista Sarv (23 places). Registration link
Tour 2: Memorial Walk tour (2 km). Guide Rainer Viiluma (23 places).  Registration link
Tour 3: (In Estonian) Ekskursioon näitusel Vali parem minevik (23 kohta). Registreerimine

Friday, 26/04/2019
Location: Estonian National Museum, Tartu

7:30 Bus from Tallinn to Tartu
The conference bus will leave promptly at 7:30 Friday 26 April from the car park in front of the Viru Hotel and will return to the same place in the evening

10:00 Welcoming Coffee at the Estonian National Museum
By the Jakob Hurt Hall

10:30 Keynote 2: Jakob Hurt Hall
Silke Arnold-de Simine (University of London, UK). Confronting Difficult Pasts - Challenging Museums
Chair Ene Kõresaar, University of Tartu 

11:45 Coffee Break
By the Jakob Hurt Hall 

12:15-14:15 Session 5AB

Panel 5A: Memory Regimes II: The Role of a Post-Communist Museum
Chair Terje Anepaio, Estonian National Museum

Jakob Hurt Hall

Maria Kobielska (Jagiellonian University, Poland). Mapping the Boom. “New Museums” in Poland as Memory Devices
Linara Dovydaitytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Between Representation and Activism: Museums as Agents in Post-Soviet Memory Culture
Olga Zabalueva (Linköping University, Sweden). Contested Memories Then and Now: The Institutional Regimes of Exhibiting “Difficult Issues”
Anna Yanenko (National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical Cultural Preserve, Ukraine). Ukrainian Museums and Soviet History: Remember or Forget? (Experience of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve)

Panel 5B:
Curators' Perspectives
Chair Liisi Jääts, Estonian National Museum
Aliise Moora's Auditorium

Therese Quinn (University of Illinois, USA). Urgent Presents, Oppositional Memory Practices and the Preparation of Museum Workers
Anu Kannike (Estonian National Museum, Estonia), Ester Bardone (University of Tartu, Estonia). Memory on the Plate: Museums as Agents of Food Heritage
Kristel Rattus (Estonian National Museum, Estonia). Mediating Multivocality at the Estonian National Museum’s Core Exhibition Encounters: Methods and Challenges

14:15 Lunch

15:00 Tours of Estonian National Museum (optional)

Tour 1: Curators’ Tour of the Encounters exhibition. Head Curator Kristel Rattus (25 places). Registration link
Tour 2: Curators’ Tour of the Echo of the Urals exhibition. Curator and Professor of Ethnology at the University of Tartu Art Leete (25 places). Registration link
Tour 3: Behind the Scenes Museum Tour (25 places). Registration link

18:00 Closing Reception at the Estonian National Museum

20:00 Departure from Tartu to Tallinn
Arrival at Viru Hotel around 22:00