Challenge traditional thinking at Belfast 2018

Patrick Steel, 09.05.2018
MA Conference theme is Dissent: inspiring hope, embracing change
Delegates at the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition 2018 in Belfast will be invited to question traditional thinking and understand how dissent can transform museums and society.

The conference theme is Dissent: inspiring hope, embracing change.

The conference will showcase inspiring work from across the world that places museums at the heart of their communities and transforms people’s lives. It will highlight the role that museums of all sizes and types can play as dissenting organisations, standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change.

It will also challenge the concept of dissent. How dissenting can museums be, particularly those that are supported by public funding? Does dissent always lead to positive change and transformation? And how should museums represent dissenting voices that challenge values such as diversity, equality and inclusion?

"This year's conference theme feels very timely in a period of political and social upheaval marked by issues such as Brexit, the #MeToo movement and the Windrush scandal," says Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA.

"Our conference in Belfast will offer a fantastic opportunity to discuss the role museums can play in these challenging times and how we can foster positive change and create a better world."

The conference will take place at the Belfast Waterfront from 8-10 November 2018.

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