Register to NEMO's European Museum Conference “Can we talk? Museums facing polarisation”

Join 200+ museum colleagues from all over Europe from 10-12 November in Sibiu, Romania, to be part of important conversations and discussions on the role museums (can) play in today’s challenged democracies.

We are preparing an exciting programme for the NEMO European Museum Conference “Can we talk? Museums facing polarisation” full of engaging topics, participatory sessions, tours, networking, and hands-on learning in several workshop opportunities.

Museums under pressure

Our societies are facing massive and disruptive challenges, and societal divisions seem to deepen by the day. Cultural institutions such as museums, therefore, are increasingly under pressure. Join us to discuss the power museums have to face polarisation: Which possibilities do museums have to navigate controversies and foster dialogue and debate? How can museums better respond when caught in the crosshairs of socio-political debate?

Additionally, the conference will discuss how to build strong relationships with underrepresented groups and foster their representation in polarising times. Finally, we will bring to light the growing political pressure that museums worldwide are grappling with; inviting and analysing possible (re)actions as models for prevention.

Let’s get inspired by examples from European museums and successful strategies from other sectors and reflect on our museums’ operations and the options we have – including effective community engagement, governance models, and conflict management strategies. Register now to secure your spot at the conference.

Who is the conference for?

NEMO's European Museum Conference targets:

  • Museum management, museum educators, curators, museum workers, researchers and everybody else active in the museum sector.
  • Representatives from museum umbrella organisations and museum networks.
  • Culture policy makers on national and European level, culture professionals, activists, students, and service providers for museums.

Are you one of our speakers?

Tomorrow 19 June is the final day to contribute with a proposal to the conference programme. Hurry up and put the finishing touches on your proposal for the open areas of the call:

  • SLAM presentation - Navigating controversies
  • Workshops
  • Conference main programme 

Learn more in the call for participation.