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This year’s conference will mark the 10th anniversary since FIHRM’s foundation at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool in 2010. Through a series of live panels, Power and Voices: Echoes of Empires brings together an international cohort of speakers and organisations to focus on the dynamic between ‘power and voices’ in museums. The free sessions will cover a range of topics, but will each be driven by the following questions:
- Who holds the power when we share stories?
- Whose voice is absent, silenced or forgotten?
- How do museums promote equality and human rights?
All sessions are free to join. Book now to join individual panels.
About the conference theme
This year’s conference will mark the 10th anniversary since FIHRM’s foundation at the International Slavery Museum in 2010. FIHRM is underpinned with the understanding that all types of museums, regardless of size or resources, share similar challenges in dealing with these difficult, often politically loaded, controversial subjects.
We live in a world where we are experiencing worsening levels of discrimination, legacies of colonial rule continue to undermine people’s basic rights and there is growing urgency about the consequences of climate change. Museums are increasingly activist and determinedly not neutral. There is growing consensus among museums that their role in society must be active, not passive.
The ethos underpinning FIHRM is that all types of museums, regardless of size or resources, share similar challenges in dealing with these difficult, politically-loaded, and controversial subjects. Since FIHRM’s foundation in 2010, one of its fundamental principles has been the importance of international dialogue and the capacity to address and promote human rights issues collectively. Ten years on this resonates more than ever. We believe it’s time for museums to step up to the plate.
We wish to look at the concept of voice in its broadest sense – considering diversity and inclusion of voices in our narratives and relationships, as well as the creative interpretations of voices in addressing difficult issues.
Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool said: “Hosting the 10th anniversary of FIHRM is really important to National Museums Liverpool. Now more than ever museums have a role and responsibility to be active, not passive, and we welcome the opportunity to hear from an international collective of speakers and contributors who share these values.
“From Black Lives Matter to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 to specific groups and communities, it is a critical time to address the realities of inequality and discrimination. Through international dialogue, cooperation and understanding, Power and Voices seeks to give voice to the stories that have been unheard or unseen for too long.”
FIHRM 2020-10th Anniversary