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ICOM Deutschland (Ed.): Difficult Issues: Proceedings of the ICOM international conference 2017, Heidelberg:, 2019 (Beiträge zur Museologie, Volume 7).


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ICOM Deutschland (Ed.)

Difficult Issues: Proceedings of the ICOM international conference 2017

Museums are the treasure troves of cultural heritage, places of remembrance and selfassurance. But whose stories are they telling? What is remembered in museums, what is ‘forgotten’? – Around 200 museum experts discussed different concepts of action at the international ICOM 2017 conference. Interim results: In order to secure their acceptance by as many reference groups as possible, museums need to communicate their profiles and environments proactively. They make visible different groups of the population, make their life stories heard and present them as equal parts of a shared cultural heritage.
The conference volume brings together numerous examples from European museums, with which the experts involved would like to strengthen the exchange of expertise and contribute to mutual learning.


Table of Contents
Front Matter
Beate Reifenscheid
Editor’s preface
Mats Sander, Katherine Hauptman
Welcome address
Suay Aksoy
Welcoming speech
Stefan Bohman
Introduction to the conference theme
Kathrin Pabst
The individual’s needs versus the needs of a broader public
A short introduction to a central moral challenge museum employees could face when working with contested, sensitive histories
Satu Savia, Hanna Talasmäki
Post-mortem photographs – challenges and experiences of open access
Natalie Meurisch
Conservational challenges in dealing with Holocaust objects
Birgitta Witting
The weekend when violence took over – on documenting a memorial site
Áile Aikio
Guovtti ilmmi gaskkas. Balancing between two contested worlds
The challenges and benefits of being an indigenous museum professional
Valeria Pica
Trembling walls
When the earthquake changes the identity of local museums
Kristel Rattus, Terje Anepaio
Managing the other: Stories of the Estonian Russian-speakers in the Estonian National Museum’s core exhibition
Maria Kobielska
Warsaw, 2004 – Gdańsk, 2017
Evolution of the Polish museum boom
Anja Petersen
Ingeborg Holm changed the world
An early whistleblower
Michael Terwey
Collection management and public consent: The practice, politics and perception of collections disposal and transfer
Solveig Hanusardóttir Olsen
A bloody practice
Pilot whale hunt in the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands
Peter Ostritsch, Diana Chafik
Collecting outside the comfort zone – some examples from the field
Suzie Thomas, Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, Mirkka Hekkurainen
Sind wir noch Freunde?
Displaying the difficult history of the German presence in Finnish Lapland, 1941–44
Karen Logan
Collecting the Troubles and Beyond: The role of the Ulster Museum in interpreting contested history
Merete Ipsen
Difficult issues around gender
Lulu Anne Hansen
Witch hunts, immigration and integration
New ‘difficult’ museums in the making
About the authors
Conference programme