National Museums: Narrating the Nation - international conference

29 October and 5 November 2021

A two-day international conference organised by the National Museum of Ireland and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Friday 29 October and Friday 5 November 2021.

Full programme and abstracts here.

This conference will provide a forum for discussion of historic and current museum practices and debates in different national settings including New Zealand, Russia, Pakistan, Canada, Benin and Ireland. Our motivation in bringing together this wide range of experts is to learn how ideas of the nation have been materialised, collected, visualised, manufactured, articulated, displayed and performed in national museums in the past and in the present day.

Keynote speakers - Dr Michèle Gates Moresi, Curator of Collections, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Professor Wayne Modest, Director of Content National Museum of WorldCultures, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam and Head of the Research Center for Material Culture; Arapata Hakiwai, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Professor Clémentine Deliss, Global Humanities Professor of History of Art, University of Cambridge

A further aim is to speculate about the future role and strategies national museums might utilise in relation to contemporary debates about material heritage. 

Online (with some panels and talks streamed from the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin).

To register, please click on the link above (separate registration is required for each day).

Free. Open to all.