Different publics do not simply consume history in museums (as visitors or users) but may also contribute to preserving, producing, and exhibiting history. The symposium will explore questions such as what groups and communities can bring to the production of history in museums and their impact on historical narratives and on the institutions representing them. It will also delve into the limits and challenges of participatory practices and co-production processes in history museums.
What can public participants (not) do? What skills and knowledge are necessary? What are the examples of collaborative decision-making processes that allow contributions from the different publics and how do they affect the role and functioning of museums?
Join us and our international panellists to discover more and engage in this stimulating and relevant conversation!
Don't miss the keynote speech 'Citizen Science as Public History?' by Dr. Mia Ridge on 6 December at 18.00 (CET) - online.
Wednesday, 7 December 2022
09.00 - 17.30
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|Welcome and opening of the Symposium
|Panel 1: Different expertise and voices in history co-production
|Chair: Thomas Cauvin
|"Keeping coal mining alive": when eyewitnesses co-produce public histories of mining work
|Participation at Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino: A complex set of practices for a complex territory
|Guraban and Our Journeys Our Stories: Chinese Voices and Aboriginal stories- collaborative community history at Hurstville Museum & Gallery
Claire Baddeley & Vanessa Jacob
|Panel 2: Participation with publics, citizen science and co-creation
|Chair: Grace Simpson
|Museum Clubs in Poland as tools to facilitate participation in a historical and contemporary perspective
|Leeds Museums and Galleries 200th birthday biography
|Collecting the Anthropocene Together: Developing a Participatory, Digital and experimental platform on Environmental Transformations
|Panel 3: Diversifying the narratives through participation
|Chair: Camilla Portesani
|Co-designing University Museum Together with Students: A Case Study from Keio Museum Commons, Japan
Goki Miyakita & Yu Homma
|Community-based, Collaborative Curating with Children in Cape Town
Monica Eileen Patterson
|The Fear of Participation in Pakistani Museums
Dr Shaila Bhatti
|Panel 4: Multiple voices in museums and their impact
|Chair: Chris Reynolds
|A community of creators: The multiple impacts of Library of Congress crowdsourcing volunteers
|Closing or widening the gap? Participation and super-diversity
Tina de Gendt
|Who says communities need museums? Where does the real expertise lie?
|Panel 5: Critical reflections on participation and its principles
|Chair: Tina de Gendt
|Voices of ’68: The role of co-production in meeting the challenges of the past in Northern Ireland
|Public history and participation: the role of trust in co-creative practice
|Museum participation as labor: An ethnographic inquiry
Irene Hilden & Andrei Zavadski
|Conclusive remarks and thanks
|End of the symposium
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