CAMOC (the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities) is an international committee of ICOM (the International Council of Museums), itself a partner organisation of UNESCO.
CAMOC was born in Moscow in April 2005 and it is to Moscow we are returning for our tenth anniversary. The city is not only the capital of Russia, it is also its major political, economic, cultural and scientific centre, a vast, dynamic and diverse place, home to Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Belarusians, Georgians, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Moldavians, Mordvins, Chechens and so many other ethnic groups. Moscow and our themes of memory, migration and the city museum seem appropriate to mark this our anniversary year.
MIGRANTS IN THE CITY
Migrants created cities and they continue to give cities shape and meaning. We, and our parents, may have been born and brought up in the city, but we are all in one way or another the children of migrants, migrants from the rural hinterland or from another country, who found the lure of the city irresistible.
Migrants bring memories of their past, their culture and their habits with them. How do they preserve them in another environment, how do they maintain their identity? They may prefer to be absorbed into their new home, but they still bring a former life with them, and diversity and difference give a city its own unique character. In any event, no city museum can be indifferent to the impact of migration. All this will be at the heart of our conference.
The CAMOC Annual Conference, Moscow, 2-4 September 2015
SESSION THEMES WILL INCLUDE:
Migration and city museums.
In this session the focus will be on the role of migrants from the hinterland, near or far, or from another country in giving shape to the unique characteristics of the city throughout its history.
City museums are places of debate and social involvement in the changing city, so:
How are city museums dealing with migration and memory? What are the issues and the challenges for city museums? What is the potential for city museum involvement?
What is the role of migration in the creation, history, culture and development of a city.
City Museum as a Memory Centre and a Place of Inclusion.
What is memory? Who’s memory does city museum represent? Every place in our cities has both collective and individual memory and each develops different narratives. What is cultural exclusion and who is excluded? Is it possible to escape exclusion and what is to be done? This session will focus on different ways of working with memory.
City Museums – 10 years together.
A number of presentations on exciting and original projects of city museums.
Does your museum have a project that it is really proud of? Do you think it can be inspiring and interesting for the CAMOC community? Is the topic something many museums around the world are faced with? It is time to present this project to us, sharing efforts, challenges, weaknesses and strengths with colleagues.