Museums and Difficult Heritage
Call for Papers
Conference Fee
Conference Venue


Helsinki City
Museums in and around Helsinki


Thursday, 16 June
Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

09.00 Registration
09.30 Welcoming Speeches
Jari Harju, Chair, ICMAH
Tiina Merisalo, Museum Director, Helsinki City Museum
Philippos Mazarakis-Ainian, Chair, IAMH
10.00 Theme 1
  Museums Reflecting and Shaping Community
Maria De Waele
Ghent City Museum, Belgium
  Keynote Speech
Marie-Paule Jungblut
Luxemburg City Museum, Luxembourg
How Historical Museums Negotiate a Difficult Cultural Heritage?
Abstract | CV (pdf)
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Session 1
  Finding Your Public
Nina Archabal & Andrea Kajer
Minnesota Historical Society, USA
Minnesota’s Un-Civil War: U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Kalle Kallio
The Finnish Labour Museum, Finland
Labour Heritage: Marginal and Mainstream
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Irene van Renselaar
Museum Rotterdam, Netherland
Difficulties in Contemporary Heritage Projects: Community Participation and (Re)Presentation of Contemporary Urban Culture.
Abstract | CV (pdf)
13.00 Lunch
Session 2
Challenges for Museum Professionals
Moderator (Sessions 2 & 3)
  Renée Kistemaker
Amsterdam Museum, Netherland
Rainey Tisdale
Boston, USA
The American Revolution in Boston: A Blessing and a Curse
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Tõnu Pedaru
Tallinn City Museum, Estonia
Exposing the Soviet Period – Just the Agitprop or Something More?
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Marjo Poutanen
Vantaa City Museum, Finland
Rainbow Finland – A Colourful Exhibition Process
Abstract | CV (pdf)
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Session 3
  Public Reactions
Sally Yerkovich
Seton Hall University, USA
Reflecting Upon Hide/Seek
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Pinja Haukkavaara
University of Helsinki, Finland
Watch out, Gypsies! – Can a Museum Exhibition Break down Prejudices?
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Esther Solomon
University of Ioannina, Greece
“Entangled” Archaeological Objects: A Debate on the Significance of Museum Practice
Abstract | CV (pdf)
17.30 Departure to Helsinki City Museum, Sofiankatu 4
  Evening Reception


Friday, 17 June
Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

09.15 ICMAH General Assembly
  (For ICMAH members only)
09.30 Registration
10.00 Theme 2
  Museums Dealing with Conflicting Issues
Minna Sarantola-Weiss
Helsinki City Museum, Finland
  Keynote Speech
Jan Löfström
University of Helsinki, Finland
Reparations for Historical Injustices – Implications for Museums when Dealing with the Issue of Difficult Heritage
Abstract | CV (pdf)
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Session 4
  Remember and Repair
Simone Erpel
German Historical Museum, Germany
Perpetrators on Display. Nazi dictatorship and WWII Perpetrators in Exhibitions.
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Paulo Abrão & Marcelo D. Torelly
Amnesty Commission, Brazilian Federal Republic Ministry of Justice, Brazil
Dictatorship Victims and Memorialization in Brazil: Concepts and Challenges in the Process of Building the Political Amnesty Memorial
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Margaret Anderson
History South Australia, Australia
Museums, Conflicted Memory and Remembrance in Contemporary Multicultural Societies
Abstract | CV (pdf)
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Session 5
  Maintaining or Challenging Status Quo?
Moderator (Sessions 5 & 6)
  Cristina Lleras
Museo Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Alexandra Bounia
University of the Aegean, Greece
Heritage and/in Conflict: Historical Museums in Cyprus
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Gennaro Postiglione & Michela Bassanelli
DPA-Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Difficult Heritage in Conflict Archaeological Landscape
Abstract | CV (pdf)
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Session 6
  Looking for New Solutions
Susanna Eskola & Tiina Naukkarinen
The Finnish Museum of the Deaf, Finland
Deaf Heritage – Where Is the Difficulty?
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Katerina Mavromichali
State Museum of Contemporary Art-Costakis Collection, Greece
National and Global Heritage: A Way Forward
Abstract | CV (pdf)
  Bongani Ndhlovu
Iziko Museums, South Africa
Using the Past to Forge a Future: Challenges of Uniting a Nation against Skeletal Odds
Abstract | CV (pdf)
17.30 Departure to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
  Dinner at the restaurant Mastovaja


Saturday, 18 June
Excursion Day

09.30 Departure by bus, in front of the Museum of
  Contemporary Art Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2
  WeeGee Exhibition Center, Espoo
  Espoo City Museum
Helinä Rautavaara Museum
EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art
  Arabia Museum and Factory
  Coffee break
  Vanhakaupunki (Old Town) district and archaeological site (NB: Only in decent weather!)
18.00 Back in the centre, in front of the Museum of
  Contemporary Art Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2

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