60th Annual Conference of the Estonian National Museum

The conference is cancelled.
Preliminary Programme


12:30-13:50 Tours of the Estonian National Museum
Tour 1: Curators’ Tour of the Encounters Exhibition
Tour 2: Curators’ Tour of the Echo of the Urals Exhibition
Tour 3: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Estonian National Museum

13:00-14:00 Registration
Welcome Coffee 

14:00-14:15 Opening and Welcome Address

Keynote 1
Jette Sandahl (European Museum Forum, Denmark)

15:45-16:15 Coffee and Tea

16:15-18:15 Panel 1
Ana Moderno (Batalha Municipal Community Museum, Portugal)
Christian Schicklgruber (Weltmuseum Wien, Austria)
Dina Sorokina (Yeltsin Center, Russia)
Olinka Vistica (Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia)
Raivis Sīmansons (Žanis Lipke Memorial, Latvia)

18:30-20:30 Opening Reception at the Estonian National Museum


Keynote 2
Nancy Proctor (Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, USA)

11:30-12:00 Coffee and Tea


Panel 2: Impact
Eeva Teräsvirta, Marianne Koski, Pirjo Hamari (Finnish Heritage Agency, Finland)
Museums of Impact – How Museums Can Develop Their Relevance in Society

Gabriella Lo Iacono, Giulia Irene Tavecchio, Maria Cristina Vannini (Soluzionimuseali ims, Italy)
Can Relevant Museum Activities Change People Life Style? Analysis of Italian Cases

Una Sedleniece, Jana Sakare (Promotional Society of Museology in the Baltics, Latvia)
Evolution of Some Aspects of the Relevance within the Recent Latvian Museum Landscape

Baiba Tjarve (Research Centre of Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia)
Relations Between Museums and Society in Latvia: Looking Behind the Data

Panel 3: Co-Developing for Wellness
Kristina Ahmas (K. H. Renlund Museum - Regional Museum Central Ostrobothnia, Finland)
Museum in Promoting the Well-being of Audiences

Jana Šubic Prislan, Andrej Ferletic (Goriški muzej, Slovenia)
Shouldn’t the Public Know What We Are Doing to Their Heritage?

Tiina Paavola (Tampere Museums, Finland)
Collection Level Cataloging and Open Storages: Two Ways to Increase Transparency and Relevance of Museum Collections

Emilia Västi (Museum of Technology, Finland)
Eric Tigerstedt’s Sound Cinema Device as a Source of Shared Inspiration

13:30-14:30 Lunch


Panel 4: Excluded from History
Cristina Da Milano, Elisabetta Falchetti, Francesca Guida (ECCOM, Italy)
Museum Relevance for Intercultural Dialogue and the Migrants’ Social Inclusion

Karen Moeskops (Red Star Line Museum, Belgium)
An Inclusive Museum: Genuine Participation of Migrants

Kirstie Jamieson (Edinburgh Napier University, UK), Marta Discepoli (Deaf Heritage Collective, UK)
The potentiality of Relevance in The Gift Shop: Difficult Heritage Souvenirs as Critical Learning Objects

Peter Ride (University of Westminster, UK)
Untold Stories: Using Crowdsourcing for Intangible Cultural Heritage Collection Projects

Panel 5: Civic Space
Pilvi Kalhama (EMMA, Finland)
Contemporary Art Challenging the Museum

Philippa Simpson (V&A Museum, UK)
Permanence as Relevance: the V&A Museum of Childhood

Cara Courage (Tate Exchange, UK)
The Museum as a Relational Object: Considering the Museum as Civic Agent

16:30-17:00 Coffee and Tea


Panel 6: Leading and Community
Krista Lepik (Lund University / University of Tartu, Sweden / Estonia)
Protecting the Relevance of Museums – Museum Professionals in the Context of Acceleration of Social Time

Pia Hovi (The Museum Centre of Turku, Finland)
Collaborative Approach as a Method to Retain Relevance Between the Museum, its Audiences, Volunteers, and the Society

Bryony Robins, Celine Elliott (Cornwall Museums Partnership, UK)
Leading from the Edge – Challenging What It Means to Be a Relevant Museum in Cornwall

Ellen McAdam (Birmingham Museums Trust, UK)
Keeping the Plates Spinning

Panel 7: Art and Colonialism
Mischa Twitchin (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
On the Relevance of Privilege

Roann Barris (Radford University, USA)
Relevance and the Critical Museum: Case-Studies and Research

Magdalena Ginter-Frołow (The Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw, Poland)
Elements Forming New Permanent exhibition of the Asia and Pacific Museum

Timothy Ventimiglia (Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Germany)
Opening Ethnological Cabinets – Creating New Spaces for Discourse


9:30-10:00 Welcome Coffee


Panel 8: East-European Turbulence
Mariann Raisma (University of Tartu Museum, Estonia)
Museums Matter? Change of the Museum Concept in the 1990ies in Estonia

Karolina Labowicz-Dymanus (Institute of Arts, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Museum in a Post-Reality Era. The Polish Case

Karolína Bukovská (Free University Berlin, Germany)
Museum of Communism in Prague: Museum as Tourist Attraction

Marin Ivanović (University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Nationalism at Sight: How Museums are Helping to Form a New Croatian Identity

Panel 9: Education and Outreach
Karen Ludbrook Young (LDSH Regimental Museum Society, Canada)
Museum Relevance in Education in the 21st Century

Hanna Forssell (National Museum of Finland, Finland)
Museum Events and Relevance

Alan Kirwan (National Museum of Qatar, Qatar)
Building National Museums with Strangers; Intercultural Dynamics and the National Museum of Qatar

Melanie Orenius (Amos Rex, Finland)
A New Hope (Yes, This Is A Star Wars Reference)

12:00-13:00 Lunch


Panel 10: Difficult Past
Linara Dovydaitytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)
Being Relevant to Everyone? Museums and Their Communities in Representing the Difficult Past

Terje Anepaio (Estonian National Museum, Estonia)
Different Pasts: Memory Communities and Collaboration with Museum

Ene Kõresaar, Kirsti Jõesalu (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Difficult Narratives in Estonian and Latvian History Museums: from Hegemonic to Pluralistic Approach?

Panel 11: Space
Dortje Fink (Humboldt Forum, Germany)
How To Deal With Relevance? - The Humboldt Forum as a Cultural Institution in the Making

Janis Dripe (RISEBA University, Latvia)
Outstanding Architecture as a Precondition and Opportunity – the Case of the Latvian National Museum of Art

Elena Montanari (Politecnico di Milanio, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Italy)
(Museum) Architecture Matters: The Role of Museography in the Enhancement of Museums' Relevance

14:30-15:00 Coffee and Tea


Panel 12: Future Building
Nina Robbins (University of Helsinki, Department of Culture, Museology, Finland)
The Relevance of Object Energy

Katriina Siivonen (Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics / University of Turku Finland, Finland)
The Transformative Power of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Museums

Saša Tkalec (Cultural Innovation Center, Croatia)
Museums: Between Playground and Battle Field? The Security Perspective

Panel 13: Engagement
Stefania Savva (Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus), Nicos Souleles (Cyprus)
“Museums Without Borders”: Addressing Inclusion and Social Change Through the Lens of Museum Affinity Spaces (MAS)

Maria Engberg, Pille Pruulmann Vengerfeldt (Malmö University, Sweden)
Activate Audiences: Co-Creative Crossmedia Activation of Cultural Heritage

Ursula Zeller (Alimentarium, Switzerland)
Engaging for Relevance

Marina Zasetckaia (Russian Museum of Ethnography, Russia)
On the role of the living communication factor in a museum in the first century of the "virtual era"

17:15-18:30 Tours of the Estonian National Museum
Tour 1: Curators’ Tour of the Encounters Exhibition
Tour 2: Curators’ Tour of the Echo of the Urals Exhibition
Tour 3: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Estonian National Museum

18:30-21:00 Closing Reception