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COMCOL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

COLLECTING AND COLLECTIONS IN TIMES
OF WAR OR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Celje, Slovenia, 3–6 December 2014

The aim of COMCOL is to discuss the theory, practice and ethics of collection development.
One of the issues is the social context of collection development, in particular the
impact of prevailing ideologies. The 2014 annual conference is the last of a series of
three conferences in which COMCOL explores this issue from different perspectives. In
2012 (Cape Town) we discussed how the concept of utopia influenced (and influences)
the forming of collections. In 2013 (Rio de Janeiro) we discussed the re-interpretation of
older collections, focusing on exhibitions as a medium for re-interpretation. In 2014 we
would like to explore the triangular relationship between ideology, the institutional
mission and collection profile. In particular we would like to explore how museum
missions are influenced by changes in political ideologies and regimes, and to what
extent collection profiles are adapted to the new missions.


During the conference we would like to focus on the theoretical views and different
recent and contemporary examples. Since in recent decades significant regime changes
have taken place in different parts of the world, we would like to ask participants to
look at the impact of changing the ideological perspectives on the formation and
development of collections. Furthermore, the conference takes place in the year in
which the start of World War I is commemorated – a war that had a huge impact on the
political developments in Central Europe and in other parts of the world. How did
museum collections respond to the aftermath of the turmoil of war, and how are they
being used in today’s commemorations?

CONFERENCE FEE
• Members of the ICOM €150.00
• Students and accompanying persons €100.00
• Non-members €200.00

THE CONFERENCE FEE INCLUDES
• Main programme
• Conference material
• Lunches and coffee breaks
• Excursions
• Museum visits
• Guided tours
• Opening and closing events