The National Museum of the Philippines is hosting the ASEAN Museum Congress 2021, an international online conference of museum professionals and heritage actors, from October 26 to 28, 2021.
With the theme âInterpreting Museums in Times of Disaster: Museum Education, Exhibitions and Public Programs in the New Normalâ, the congress aims to provide museum professionals and heritage practitioners from all ASEAN member states to share and learn best practices in museum management, in particular on interpretation of museums in the context of COVID-19 and post COVID-19.
âThe Covid-19 pandemic is having a wider and far reaching impact on museums around the world; this has led to temporary closures of museums and heritage sites, âsaid Director General Jeremy Barns of the National Museum. âThe arts and tourism sectors that relied heavily on tourism have also been crippled, and its stakeholders have been hit hardest by the pandemic. “
He added that disasters such as the COVID-19 health crisis call for regional response and cooperation to maximize resources and harness the interdependence of ASEAN’s socio-cultural practices.
âBy sharing best practices and experiences from ASEAN member states, this congress can help museums overcome physical accessibility and stillness issues brought on by disasters like this pandemic,â added Barns.
In addition to sharing best practices, the congress also intends to increase the accessibility of ASEAN museums’ online programs. “Museums are using digital platforms to their advantage, so now is the best time to encourage the sharing of online education services and public programs to broaden museums’ engagement in the new normal,” said Dr. Ana Labrador, Deputy Director General of the National Museum and Chairman of the ASEAN Museums Congress Organizing Committee.
Widely published author and curator Dr. Paul Taylor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, as well as museum and heritage experts Dr. Christina Kreps of the University of Denver-Museum of Anthropology and Janet Tee of ICOM Malaysia and the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur are the keynote speakers at the three-day event, respectively.
Also invited to share the experiences and best practices of museums in their institution or country during the pandemic are: Dr H. Estrella Montien, heritage and museum consultant in Bangkok, Thailand; HE Minister Phoueng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia; Dr Ricardo Punzalan of the School of Information, University of Michigan; Dr Alicia Magos, Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines; Pattayarak Thamwongsa, Deputy Director, Department of Museum Knowledge Development, National Discovery Museum Institute, Thailand; Professor Karen Chin, Deputy Director of Wildlife Reserves Singapore; Dr. Yunci Cai, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK; Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, Deputy Head of the Department of Human Resources and External Relations, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum; and Dr Jay Arre Toque of the Advanced Imaging Technology Center and Kyoto University, Japan.
There will also be paper presentations, with two paper presenters from each ASEAN member state. The congress will be held in cooperation with the ASEAN Culture and Information Committee (ASEAN-COCI) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Check out this link to pre-register: https://bit.ly/2Xf5UoL.
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