Facilitated Dialogue: An Emerging Field of Museum Practice

Applied ICD

Foteini Venieri. (25 February 2022). Facilitated dialogue: An emerging field of museum practiceEXARC, 2022/1.

Overall, the data collected showed that the project highlighted the importance of intercultural coexistence and communication.

In 2020, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett argued that a museum should be understood as a forum rather than a temple (in Badior, 2020). Venieri takes this as a starting point, and studied ways in which several types of museums could serve to facilitate dialogue. She found that “Recently, science and history museums are initiating facilitated dialogue-based programming to address a variety of present-day issues that affect society at large and/or local communities. As the field of facilitated dialogue-based programmes develops, questions around the aims, techniques, and challenges of such initiatives in museums emerge. This paper explores the theory and practice of facilitated dialogue in science, and history museums as well as its implications for the museum field.”

Badior, Daria. (14 July 2020). Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett: “A 21st century museum is a forum not a temple”. LB.ua.

ICOM: Workshop on International Partnerships (USA)


Call for applications: Workshop on Developing International Partnerships and Projects between USA and African museums, International Council of Museums, Washington, DC, 3-7 October, 2022. Deadline: 25 June 2022.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) have joined forces to develop a training workshop aimed at empowering museums to develop international partnerships and projects. The programme, supported by ICOM US, is aimed at African and US museum professionals, who are eligible according to the criteria below. The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C., USA, from 3 to 7 October 2022.

The goal of the programme is to promote the exchange of experiences and methodologies that facilitate intercultural dialogue, the identification of allies and resources, and the development of partnerships in international and local contexts. Trainers from various regions of the world will be part of this exchange of knowledge and professional practice, which will in turn strengthen the communication and collaborative work among the members of the networks of African, African American and African diaspora museums.

CFP Exhibitions of Impact: Social Force of Museums

“PublicationCall for papers: American Behavioral Scientist invites submissions for a special issue: Exhibitions of Impact: The Social Force of Museums. Deadline extended to June 20, 2020.

Museums are “democratising, inclusive and polyphonic,” addressing “the conflicts and challenges of the present,” and aiming to advance “human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing,” according to a recently proposed definition from The International Council of Museums (ICOM, “Museum definition” 2019). With this definition in mind, this special issue invites scholarship about museums as a social force.

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EuroVision – Museums Exhibiting Europe

One Object – Many Visions
Launch of the EU project, EuroVision: Museums Exhibiting Europe

Augsburg/Germany – with around 2 million euros the Culture Programme of the European Union supports a museum project to be implemented between November 2012 and October 2016, coordinated by the University of Augsburg,  department of history didactics, headed by Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp. Project partners are the Université Paris-Est Créteil (France), Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy), the Bulgarian National History Museum in Sofia, the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia in Lisbon (Portugal), the National Museum of Contemporary History in Ljubljana (Slovenia), the art association monochrom in Vienna (Austria) as well as the Atelier Brückner in Stuttgart (Germany) headed by Prof. Dr. Uwe Brückner.

The ambitious aim of the project is to make museums more accessible in many ways: with an innovative and interdisciplinary approach developed by history didactics the project wants to re-interpret museum objects and put them into a broader context of national and transnational history. Visitors shall face objects not only on a regionally and nationally determined level of meaning, but discover transnational and European perspectives using new means of presentation, performances and possibilities for participation. At the same time the project develops creative concepts for audience development. Particularly by involving and activating the visitor, the project tries to attract the rather large number of “non-visitors” to the museums.

The concepts and ideas developed within this project will be presented and discussed on the project’s website. However, the project will not be presented to the wider public until approximately 3 years later. After the design phase the visitors to the museum can experience and examine the project’s results in the so called “Eurovision Labs.” These will be presented in each partner country in line with the motto “one object – many visions – EuroVision”.

Along with the “EuroVision Labs,” the project also implements a number of further methods which are intended to achieve the ambitious goals: During the course of the project a network of interested museums shall be established to collaborate in the long term. A scenographers’ competition adds novel synaesthetic ideas; Workshops for museum experts, cultural workers and university students are intended to implement the project’s results within the museum.

Project coordinator Prof. Susanne Popp about the launch of the project: “We are delighted that the work on the project finally starts and hope that with ‘EMEE’ we can make a contribution to a development and research of innovative museum work as well as to a productive cooperation of museum experts and educators, scenographers, cultural workers, media artists and researchers.”

For more information about ‘EMEE’ please contact:

Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp
Department of History Didactics
University of Augsburg
Universitätsstr. 10
86159 Augsburg
Email: info@emee-project.eu

EuroVision: Museums Exhibiting Europe


Museums and Intercultural Dialogue

A very nice article by Eva Zimmerhof on museums as forums for intercultural dialogue has just been posted online by the Goethe Institute.

It begins: “In future the traditional national museums to be found in Europe are to open multidimensional perspectives on the history and culture of both the individual countries and on Europe as a whole. To implement this new approach the European Union has initiated a program called “Eurovision – Museums Exhibiting Europe” (EMEE). This is an interview with the project’s coordinator, Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp.”

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