2014 Annual Conference - Museums and Memory: Challenging Histories

Friday 21 February - Sunday 23 February 2014

The Annual Conference 2014 took place on 21-23 February in City Hall, Waterford, courtesy of Waterford Museum of Treasures.

The IMA Annual Conference 'Museums and Memory: challenging histories' took the Decade of Commemorations as a starting point to examine how different societies and nations memorialise and remember moments in history that are of importance to the shaping of their national identities.

Invited speakers and conference participants shared their experiences and expertise on a wide range of topics including museums as archives of memory and the role of these in addressing contested and complex histories, the relationship between public history and private or personal memory, and cross-practice approaches to commemoration.

Invited Speakers:

Saturday 22 February

Dr Kris Brown. Lecturer, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, University of Ulster
Helen Carey. Director & Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art & Independent Curator
Catriona Crowe. Senior Archivist and Head of Special Projects, National Archives of Ireland
Dr Luke Gibbons. Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National University of Ireland Maynooth
Dr Guido Gryseels. Director, The Royal Museum of Central Africa, Brussels (Belgium)
Dr Roisin Higgins, Senior Lecturer in History, Teeside University, Middlesborough (UK)
Dr Lidija Nikočević, Director, Ethnographic Museum of Istria, Pazin (Croatia)
Dr Niamh O'Sullivan. Inaugural Curator, Great Hunger Museum, Hamden, Connecticut (USA) and Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design

Workshop, Friday 21 February

Dr Alice Feldman, Lecturer, School of Sociology, University College Dublin

Selected Speakers:

Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, Keeper, Waterford Treasures
Emma Libreri, M.Phil. Public History & Cultural Heritage, Trinity College Dublin
Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum
Caitlín Doherty, Exhibitions and Speaker Curator, Virginia Commonwealth University (Qatar)
Niamh NicGhabhann, Course Director, MA Festive Arts programme, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
Rachel Sayers, Museum Administrator, REACH Project, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Belfast

Schedule - click here for details

Speakers' Bios and Presentation Abstracts - click here for Friday's speakers and presentations and click here for Saturday's speakers and presentations.

The IMA would like to thank Waterford Museum of Treasures, the Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht, and the Heritage Council for their support.