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Quo vadis Museum?

A Debate on the New Museum Definition (in German)

Which functions do museums perform? And how did these functions changed over the last decades? The international museum world is currently discussing what a new definition of museum might look like. A current proposal of the ICOM – International Council of Museums – sees museums as “democratizing, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialog about the pasts and the futures.” Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Executive Board of ICOM) and Markus Walz (board member of ICOM Germany) will discuss in as much museums should be places of political and critical debate or what role concepts such as diversity and communities play. Whether permanence is a core theme of the museum as an institution is on the line in this discussion, no less.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Inspired by the format of Presidential Debate, the discussion will be chaired by students of Museum Management and Communication at the HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences: Johannes Berger, Leonie Erbe, Kristina Iskova, Rebecca Stoll, and Luna Weis.

The second part of the evening will be hosted by Alina Gromova (Jewish Museum Berlin) and Susan Kamel (HTW Berlin) as ambassadors for the audience.

Martin Michaelis, Managing Director of the JMB, will hold the welcome address.

A cooperation with the HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch is director of the State Ethnographical Collections of Saxony (i.e. the ethnographical museums of Dresden, Leipzig and Herrnhut). Previously, she was programme-director of the Jewish Museum Berlin and deputy-director of the Museum of European Cultures in Berlin. She also worked as a lecturer of heritage theory and professional ethics at the Reinwardt Academie, Amsterdam, and at the Department of Protection of Cultural Property, Cultural Management and Museology at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. She is active in the boards of several (international) museum organizations, e.g. member of the Executive Board of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Portrait von Leontine Meijer-van Mensch

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch; photo: Gregor Zielke

Prof. Dr. Dr. Markus Walz

Dr. Dr. Markus Walz is Professor of Theoretical and Historical Museology at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Computer Science and Media. He received his doctorate in Volkskunde from the University of Bonn. He also received a doctorate in history from the University of Osnabrück. After a traineeship at the Landesmuseum Koblenz, he worked as a lecturer for Volkskunde and a district adviser for Ostwestfalen and Lippe at the LWL-Museumsamt für Westfalen, Münster. He is a board member of ICOM Germany.

Portrait von Markus Walz

Prof. Dr. Dr. Markus Walz; photo: private

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  • When Thu 30 Jan 2020, 7 pm
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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