The documentary of the “I. Asian and European conference of women’s museums – Feminist Pedagogy: Museums, Memory Sites, Practices of Remembrance” is ready to be watched!
Some topics you might miss in the documentary will be placed in the conference reader which will be published at the end of September 2019.
From 11 to 14 June, the International Seminar on Museum Governance of Senegal and Quebec 2019 took place in Dakar. The goal of the meeting was to explore the possibilities of exchange and partnership in the museum sector of Quebec and Senegal and to present already existing best practices.
The initiative for the seminar came from the Women’s Museum Quebec, under the leadership of Lydie Olga Ntap, and the Senegalese Women’s Museum Henriette Bathily with Marie-Pierre Mbaye-Myrick and Awa Cheikh Deiouf.
Responsible for organizing the seminar in Dakar was Mr. Ibrahima Cissé, the Director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Dakar.
As IAWM, we are proud of the start of this seminar, because our network of women’s museums was the foundation for it. In 2000, the Women’s Museums of Senegal and Merano/Italy formed a partnership. This partnership was the origin of the idea to invite women’s museums from around the world to gather in a conference, which could be realized in 2008. Back then the network of women’s museums started. Continue reading
Frauen in der Einen Welt – Women in One World
invites to the
International Dialogues in the Museum: One World: Resistance Art for Peace and Development June 21- June 23, 2019.
The conference takes place in the romantic castle Schloss Burgfarrnbach, the home of our Museum of Women’s Cultures Regional – International, which is situated in the stables of Schloss Burgfarrnbach.
We invited nine artists, scientists and activists from Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Japon, North Ireland, Peru, Serbia, Switzerland and Wales to give lectures, have group discussions and workshops.
The conference languages are English and German with simultanious translation in the lectures.
There is no fee. Meals are included. We can help with finding accommodation.
The 14th December 1918 the first Irish woman, Constance de Markievicz, was elected a Member of Parliament. IAWM’s president, Mona Holm, participated at the Centenary in Dublin, December 2018.
“Why not a Woman?”
The Women’s History Association of Ireland, WHAI, organized a two-day’s conference “Why not a Woman? Celebrating Women in public and private life in Ireland, 1918–2018”. The annual conference of the WHAI was supported by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht in association with the centenary event – a pop up museum 100 Years of Irish Women in Politics and Public Life.
A Pop-Up Women’s Museum was curated by Historian Sinéad McCoole part of the Government of Ireland’s programme for commemorating the role of women in Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries 2013-2023 and an essential part of the Centenary celebration was the election of the first women to the British parliament at Westminister, who also became the first women in the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) and the first Irish Cabinet Minister and Minister of Labour.
Establishing a permanent physical women’s museum in Ireland is a goal for several Irish feminists and historians. The Pop-Up Museum was an important first step, and a good opportunity to connect with the International Association of Women’s Museums.
During the conference, curator Sinéad McCoole underlined the importance of IAWM’s presence, and accentuated the need of a permanent solution for taking care of and presenting Irish women’s history archives.Continue reading
Board member of IAWM, Gaby Franger, has participated in the conference Women and Peace. Using the arts to communicate across the cultures in the Georgian Republic. After one week of work the participants of 12 countires presented their results in the Georgian parliament and read the following declaration:
Declaration of the International Conference on Women and Peace:
Using the Arts to Communicate Across Cultures
Kobuleti / Tbilisi 2018
The International Conference on Women and Peace: Using the Arts to Communicate Across Cultures held in Kobuleti Georgia was historic. It assembled women artists and peace activists from 15 countries in Adjara Autonomous Republic situated on the Black Sea. The focus of the conference was on peace building to highlight women`s contributions in the field of art such as theater, music, dance and visual arts.
I was born to paint. I am using bright colours so people feel good. My role in peace building is still so small. I am teaching poor children to paint because I think that if children grow up with art they will be kind persons and will have a healthy society where people will live in peace. (Salome Batlidze, Georgia)
Cutting is destroying, and stitching is healing. This is the work with the textiles. “Living Fabrics” brings all these threads together to unite people, cultures, social groups, religions and nations. (Nesa Gschwend, Switzerland)
As a women’s museum we are weaving and stitching together, the powerful testimonies of resistance, dialogue and struggle of women for peace and justice (Gaby Franger, Museum of Women’s Cultures Regional- International, Germany)
I use my dance based on inspiring stories like Gandhi, Buddha, and use the body movements to make women stand erect with open chest, which gives them joy and confidence. (Gauri Kulkani, EKTA KALA MANCH, India)
Women’s Museum Istanbul and Sabancı University Gender and Women’s Studies Excellence Center (SU Gender) invite
➢ women’s and gender museums, peace museums and memorials from all over the world working with feminist museum pedagogy and gender-sensible concepts;
➢ activists and institutions working on the history of human rights abuses in a gender-related context;
➢ museum administrators, educators, scholars dealing with the topic “visitor participation” and “creating dialogue among visitors”.
to discuss feminist pedagogical approaches developed to cultivate an alternative culture and alternative practices of remembrance.
Questions to be discussed in particular are:
• Which role does feminist pedagogy play in forming social memory?
• How can new memory practices be designed?
• How can theories, concepts and discussions developed by feminist research and the feminist movement be reflected in the field of social memory?
• What new concepts and debates can be found in this field?
• How do women and gender-oriented museums differ from other museums and places of memory? What is their contribution to cultures of remembrance?
• Which methods can be used to illustrate conflicts, collective and individual violence and war excesses in museums – especially in women’s and gender museums without reproducing images of violence?
• How is the potential of these institutions realized in practice, especially under the aspects of “visitor participation” and “creating dialogue among visitors”.
The conference languages are English and Turkish. Simultaneous translation is provided.
Parallel exhibition Continue reading
Exhibition within the framework of the conference
Feminist Pedagogy: Museums, Memorials and Practices of Remembrance
I. Asian and European conference of women’s museums
18 – 20 October 2018, Istanbul
During the conference an exhibition will be organised curated by Women’s Museum Istanbul in cooperation with Sabanci University.
Within the framework of the 5th International Congress of Women’s Museums, convened by the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) and the Women’s Museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which brought together feminist women from various countries in Mexico City, 28 to 30 November 2016.
Our concern because, despite some progress by women in the world, we continue to face the invisibility of our contributions in all fields: social, economic, political, artistic and cultural.
In the Congress we verified the normalization and naturalization of a patriarchal policy expressed in violence against women, among the most recognized forms are physical, psychological, patrimonial and sexual violence, and among the least recognized forms of violence are seen in the media, epistemic and symbolic. From everyday violence to the most lethal , including femicides, regardless of age, country, ethnic-racial origin or social class.
We believe that the invisibility of women is a form of symbolic violence that the creation of Women’s Museums attempts to confront, since they propose a space to recover the memory, history, struggles and contributions of diverse women, for communication and the sharing of knowledge. It is a political action to strengthen collective consciousness, resistance, vindication and rebellion against the perverse results of hegemonic neoliberal and heteropatriarchal capitalist structures that affect humanity, particularly women and children.
Our demand to make women visible is an act of justice because we are half the population in the world, and most women still remain in conditions of inequality, discrimination and marginalization, and suffer from the effects of racism and religious fundamentalisms.
From the governments of our countries, the guarantee of our rights, a decided support policy for opening up and sustaining spaces for the memory and history of women of all peoples, due to the scarce number of existing places, some spaces are at risk of disappearing due to lack of resources and social and institutional support.
From international bodies, to strengthen their action in the areas of their competence at the seriousness of the condition of women, especially those who are in refuge from wars, in contexts of irregular migration, trafficking of people for labor and sexual exploitation, also in situations of daily violence, all expressions that threaten peace and development in all spaces, from families, communities, countries, to the international arena.
We call on countries, agencies, social organizations and civil society to redouble their efforts to ensure the human rights of women, and sustainable development in conditions of substantive equality that guarantee life with the dignity of the people, the peoples, and the planet that inhabits.
Mexico City, November 30, 2016
International Association of Women’s Museums / International Association of Women’s Museums
Thank you to Tatiana Isaeva for this article about our Congress in Mexico City:
In two months we will meet in Mexico City for the Fifth International Conference of Women’s Museums. We are looking forward to insightful workshops, vibrant discussions and a lot of networking!