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The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the National Historical Museum of Belarus, the National Library of Belarus, the Yanka Kupala State Literary Museum, the Foundation of Cultural Heritage and Modernity, the National Board of Directors of Museums of Belarus gathered at a joint international conference devoted to museums and the global and local challenges that they face in the XXI century. The conference was dedicated to dialogue and interaction between museums and local communities; the development and improvement of professional standards in the field of museums; museum integration into the digital economy; cooperation, partnership and promotion in the museum space. The topics of the conference are determined by the leading speakers, developed within the framework of the supporting presentations of the conference and completed during the final discussion. The conference will be followed by the publication of the submitted scientific papers.

Working languages: Belarusian, Russian, English.

The conference was prepared with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, the State Literary Museum of Yanka Kupala, JTI in Belarus.

KEY SPEAKERS

Hans-Martin Hinz

Hans-Martin Hinz – President of ICOM (2010–2016), Honorary member of many European cultural and academic institutions. President of ICOM Germany (1999–2004), President of the European Regional Alliance ICOM (2002–2005). Since 2017 he has been programme director of the ICOM International Training Center for Museum Studies, Bejing, the Board member of the ICOM Endowment Fund. Jury member for the European Museum of the Year Award, EMYA (2017–2018). Author of more than 200 scientific publications in the field of museology, history and geography. Currently is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Sudentendeutsches Museum in Munich (since 2007), as well as a member of the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Curt-Engelhorn-Stiftung, Mannheim. Chair of several exhibition advisory boards. Ph.D in Geography. Awarded the Federal Order of Merit (2014) – the highest award of the Federal Republic Germany for exceptional social activities.

Mikhail Gnedovsky

Mikhail Gnedovsky – Leading Analyst of the Moscow Agency for Recreation and Tourism (Mosgortur); the lecturer at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences; a member of the Standing Committee on Ethics (ICOM); a member of the Presidium of the Russian National Committee of ICOM. In 2003–2015 – the director of the Institute for Cultural Policy. He also chaired the European Museum Forum (EMF, 2009–2011), a jury member of the contest “The Best European Museum of the Year” (EMYA, 2002–2012), a jury member of the European Competition for Young Researchers of Cultural Policy (CPRA, 2010–2014). Author and consultant of social and cultural research and projects, lecturer and trainer in educational programs for cultural managers in Russia and abroad, the author of over 250 publications on cultural issues, interpreter, winner of the Golden Cross for Merit order (Republic of Poland). Candidate of Historical Sciences.

Serguei A. Oushakine

Serguei A. Oushakine – Russian-American cultural historian and anthropologist. Candidate of Political Sciences, Ph.D. in anthropology, full professor at the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University (USA). Since 2006, he has been working at Princeton University at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, since 2011 – an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Since 2012 – Director of the Programs of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Princeton. Author of more than 200 scientific papers, including the monograph “Patriotism of Despair”, which won the prize “The Best Book of the Year in Literature and Culture” (2012) of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages.

Conference photo gallery (photo - Viktor Ivanchikov)

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