External activities | Jovanka Popova | CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference “The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society” | organized by CIMAM, National Gallery Singapore, 10-12 November 2017.
Jovanka Popova, curator and program coordinator of press to exit project space, attended CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference “The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society” at National Gallery Singapore as one of the travel grantees of CIMAM granted by Getty Foundation.
Given the rising sentiments of populist nationalism that we are witnessing around the world, and extending from the focus on the conference in Barcelona (The Museum and Its Responsibilities), the theme of the conference to re-evaluate and re-examine the roles of museums, their public functions and how they respond.
We ask: How can national museums and art museums counter this global phenomenon of xenophobia and populism, to connect a local public with regional and international histories, perspectives and concerns? How can museums continue to be effective forums in society where different communities and peoples of all backgrounds and beliefs still come together, instead of retreating into parochial isolation? At the same time we return to the mission of CIMAM and consider: Who are CIMAM’s stakeholders? Who has vested interests, and what are the constituencies to whom we are responsible?