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Museum Theme Days Speakers 2017

International Keynote Speakers

Nina Simon

Nina Simon has been called a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine and a Silicon Valley Business Journal “40 under 40” for her audience-centered approach to design. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots community participation. Nina is the best-selling author of The Participatory Museum (2010), The Art of Relevance (2016) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Previously, Nina worked as an independent consultant and exhibition designer with over one hundred museums and cultural centers around the world. Nina began her career at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. She lives off the grid in the Santa Cruz mountains with 14 people, 27 chickens, 5 dogs, and 1 zipline.

The Power of Relevance

"We all want our institutions to be "relevant." But what does that word really mean? In this talk, author and museum director Nina Simon will share inspiring examples and practical theories on how to make your work more vital and valuable to diverse communities.

When our communities see our institutions as relevant, our museums become powerful. Relevance isn't about what's #trending. It's about unlocking meaning in people's hearts. Join Nina for a thought-provoking conversation about how we can use relevance to matter more to more people."

Nina Simonin The Art of Relevance -julkaisu on ostettavissa allekirjoituksen kanssa hänen puheensa jälkeen.

Thursday at 10.15

Tiffany Jenkins

Dr Tiffany Jenkins is a writer and sociologist. She is the author of  the critically acclaimed Keeping Their Marbles: How Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums and Why They Should Stay There published by Oxford University Press in 2016, described as ‘An outstanding achievement, clear-headed, wide-ranging and incisive.’ by John Carey in the Sunday Times and ‘Courageous and well-argued.’ by Henrik Bering in the Wall Street Journal. She is also author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority and editor of Political Culture, Soft Interventions and State Building, both published by Routledge. She is an Honorary Fellow in Department of Art History at the University of Edinburgh; a former visiting fellow in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and was previously the director of the Arts and Society Programme at the Institute of Ideas. She competed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent and divides her time between London and Edinburgh.

Museum Wars: The Crisis of Cultural Authority

"My speech will examine the controversies in museums that have taken place since the 1990s, looking at the influences on these debates: namely the crisis of cultural authority and identity politics. I will critique the politicisation of their role, the destabilising consequences of the shifting expectations that we hold for museums and collections, and present the case for universalism."

Thursday at 12.45

Tiffany Jenkins uusi
Maria Jansén

Unfolding history – History museums in contemporary society

Maria Jansén is director general at the National Historical Museums in Sweden which comprises the Swedish History museum. Last autumn, in the middle of a lively museum debate, the Swedish History museum opened the contemporary art exhibition History Unfolds. The exhibition aims to highlight the multifaceted character of history and national institutions roles in influencing how it is being used. The exhibition got brilliant reviews in most major Swedish media and created some debate. Maria is also Head of Board at Association of Swedish Museums and has been part of several major projects in the Swedish museum sector concerning the role of museums in modern society. Previously, Maria has worked as regional museum director and as advisor at the Department for Strategic Planning at the Swedish National Heritage Board. She has also acted as Sweden’s representative in the expert group preparing the Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention, 2005) for Council of Europe.

Friday at 10.15

 Maria Jansén

Finnish Keynote Speakers

List of confirmed Finnish Keynote Speakers:

  • Johanna Enqvist, PHD
  • Petteri Pietikäinen, Professor of Principal and Learning Studies,University of Oulu
  • Kimmo Levä, Head of Secretary. Finnish Museum Associations
  • Susanna Pettersson, Museum Director, Art Museum Ateneum
  • Elina Heikka, Museum Director, The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Laura Gustafsson, Author
  • Ulla Rohunen, Head of Visitor Services, The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
  • Minna Joenniemi, Journalist
  • Rosa Meriläinen & Saara Särmä, Feministic Think Tank Hattu


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