The Conference

The Vest-Agder Museum in Kristiansand, Norway is pleased to announce a conference about the possibilities and challenges entailed in the sharing of personal narratives. The main question we want to explore is how we can contribute to a society where multiple voices are heard, multiple perspectives are revealed and more people are – and feel – included and recognized.

Join us in Kristiansand 12th and 13th of April 2018.

 

Speakers and Topics

International speakers will reflect on political changes in Europe and the consequences for museums and other cultural actors who want to present a multitude of voices, also the one who might not be wished by the authorities.

Psychologists will shed light on how shame and openness are related to identity development, and we shall hear more about the consequences sharing one´s secret with the public might have for the persons involved and the local society.

Last but not least, we will address questions important for all museums and cultural actors who want to work with local societies and difficult issues – what is the status of knowledge right now, what works and how can we get even better?

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Programme

THURSDAY, 12TH OF APRIL 2018
KILDEN

POLITICAL CHANGES IN EUROPE AND THE
CONSEQUENCES FOR CULTURAL ACTORS

09:00 Registration and coffee/tea
09:30 Welcome and introduction
09:45 Taja Vovk van Gaal «Academic independence of History Museums: reality or utopia?»
10:45 Piotr Majewski «Why is the Second World War so hot a question in Poland? The case of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk»
11:45 Questions and discussion
12:15 Lunch

PERSONAL NARRATIVES – WHY AND HOW TO GIVE
INDIVIDUALS A LOUDER VOICE

13:00 Introduction
13:15 Françoise Davoine «Whereof one cannot speak, one cannot help showing what cannot be said»
14:15 Peder Kjøs «Intimate stories – How to tell them ethically»
15:15 Coffee break
15:45 Lis-Mari Hjortfors «Narrative and cultural safety in a lulesami community – If you talk and someone listens»
16:45 Closing questions and discussion

EVENING PROGRAM
18:00 Philosophy-inspired dinner with philosopher Henrik Syse
Barbarossa Restaurant Bar & Scene
Address: Vestre Strandgate 23  (google map)

 

FRIDAY, 13TH OF APRIL 2018
SCANDIC BYSTRANDA KRISTIANSAND

LOCAL SOCIETIES AND DIFFICULT ISSUES

09:00 Registration and coffee/tea
09:20 Welcome and introduction
09:30 Heledd Fychan «Participation at the heart of Museums: the Museums Change Lives campaign and how it resonates globally»
10:30 Bernadette Lynch «Talking the talk… The benefits, opportunities, challenges and limitations of opening up dialogue in museums»
11:30 Questions and discussion
12:00 Lunch buffet

13:00-14:45 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS

A)  Heledd Fychan – A workshop on participation and how museums can change lives
B)  Bernadette Lynch – A workshop on how to open up dialogue in museums
C)  Françoise Davoine – A workshop on interview techniques and ethics

14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Closing questions and discussion

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Venue Kristiansand

Join us in Kristiansand!

Gain knowledge and meet other proffesionals in Kristiansand, the largest city in Southern Norway. The conference will take place at different locations within the city centre, wich offers a charming small-town atmosphere, close to the ocean and close to nature.

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