Upcoming Conference: Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures (Cape Town)

An upcoming Triennial International Conference, organised by the Commonwealth Association of Museums, is taking place from 9th – 14th March 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of the event is ‘Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures’.

The aim of the conference is to discuss and explore issues of difficult histories in post-colonial societies and the ways in which museums can enact social change through addressing decolonisation, reconciliation and community engagement. Session themes will include decolonising the museum; legacies of empire; trauma and memory; human remains and sacred artefacts; community engagement; and reconciliation.

The event will also include the opportunity to visit local museums attend pre-conference workshops which will focus on associated issues such as collections management, preventative conservation of human remains and sacred belongings, and on interpreting difficult history.

For further information about the event, visit the website.