International Conference of Museums for Peace, 10 - 13 April, Belfast. (Conference)

Posted: Friday, 02 December 2016

The International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) will hold its 9th International Conference in Belfast in April 2017.

The INMP is a global network of peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share the aim to cultivate a global culture of peace.

The conference theme, "Cities as Living Museums for Peace," will highlight Belfast's social and political transformation - from a divided, troubled city to a one which models peace consciousness through post-conflict healing and reconciliation.

Event Details
What: The 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Where: Stormont (Parliament Buildings), Ulster University, City Hall.
When: 10-13 April 2017

The 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace is co-hosted by Visit Belfast and Ulster University. The conference invites participation from directors and curators of human rights and peace museums, peace educators, journalists, artists, musicians, architects, policy makers, as well as researchers, scholars, and students of history, museum studies, cultural memory studies, international relations, international ethics, and interdisciplinary subjects from all over the world.

"Despite a troubled past, Belfast today is full of ambition, optimism and energy. There has been a huge amount of investment in the city's infrastructure in new hotels and conference venues, making the city an attractive place to live, visit and do business" said Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive of Visit Belfast.

"Now, we are ready to share the Belfast's journey into a post-conflict society with the world. Visit Belfast, with funding support from Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, has continually promoted the city as a vibrant conference and business tourism destination, and ‘Peace, Anthropology & Conflict Resolution' has been identified as a priority for growth within the conferencing sector in Belfast, so we are thrilled that INMP has chosen the city as the venue for this 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace."

Ulster University is globally renowned for the impact of its peace and conflict transformation research through INCORE - its International Conflict Research Institute - headquartered at the University's Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry.

Dr Máire Braniff, Director of INCORE at Ulster University said: "The opening day of the Conference (April 10) marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement/Belfast Agreement, the most important and far-reaching agreement in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s. The Opening Reception of the Conference will be held at Stormont (Parliament Buildings) on the same estate where the historic agreement was signed. It will therefore help reflect on an historic event in our region whilst refocusing our attention on the importance of conflict transformation work both locally and internationally."

The Conference will include keynote addresses, symposia, paper and panel presentations, and a poster exhibition, as well as optional visits to historic sites and museums for peace. In addition to the conference theme, current issues and themes related to museums for peace will be discussed. These topics will include new developments in museum studies (museology), and the changing roles of museums for peace in the global age. For example, the role of museums for peace in education; in post-conflict healing and reconciliation processes; in the nuclear disarmament movement; in clarifying contested memories and multiple historical interpretations; and in raising awareness about socially-sanctioned, structural violence.

The conference also marks the 25th anniversary of INMP.

The call for paper, panel and poster presentations is now open.

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