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FACEBOOK

Our Facebook page aims to keep abreast of CAMOC activities and to collaborate with other members.  We also have up to date news items from across the world about our artefact, the city, and about city museums and relevant conferences or seminars about cities and urban life.   Our entry is edited by Geĝe Leme Joseph, Brazil   

 

 

Some of our themes:

 

 CITY STREETS

James Joyce in Dublin - the great flâneur, the stroller, the observer of life on the streets in his native city and later in Trieste and Paris.  

Of course, he is hardly the only one - world literature is full of flâneurs.  You are the flâneur, or the flâneuse? So. you walk along a back street or an alleyway, you observe, you take note, you reflect on city life around you. You wonder about that building, that street corner.   What does that man or woman over there do for a living? James Joyce wrote Ulysses out of it all.

Two texts: The Flâneur - a collection of essays edited by Keith Tester, Routledge, London 1994.

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, Tokyo, Venice and London, Chatto & Windus, London 2017

City streets are one of the many aspects of the city which CAMOC explores.  

 

CHANGING PLACES 

In Tongli, China.  

Tongli is one of the old silk towns in the Yangtze basin.  The silk industry declined and so did the town.  One of our keynote speakers at our Shanghai conference was Professor Ruan Yisan who is dedicated to recording and safeguarding Chinese historic towns and cities. He was responsible for bringing Tongli back to life and giving it a new purpose as a thriving tourist centre and saving its ancient water system.  

City museums are witness to cities as they develop and change: their past, their present and their future prospects.

 

CITY MEMORIES

The past was the future once.

If we were condemned to live without memory, we would be living in an endless present with no trace of the past.  Life would be unbearable.

There has hardly been a conference where we have not discussed memory, the city's past, in one form or another: tracing the development of our city in the city museum; ways of interpreting the past; the connections between the city's past, present and future; the delights and dangers of nostalgia; and the theme for our conference in Mexico City: contested histories, or to put it another way - you tell me your truth and I'll tell you mine.

 

OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM WALLS

The museum without walls is our recurring theme. How do we get local people, our  citizens, involved in our museum?  They are, after all, our main artefact.  

There are so many possibilities: the city museum as a centre for debate and discussion about the city; the museum as a meeting point for politicians and citizens to discuss city problems - drugs, for example, or traffic congestion or pollution; the museum as a home for migrants where they can share memories; the active museum helping migrants integrate with local society.  

The Arsenal in Paris is not a city museum, but it is an example of what an urban centre can do.  It is where citizens can read through the Mayor's five year plan for the city, split into arrondissements, with frequently a video to illustrate what is proposed.  It helps to get people involved in shaping the future of their city.  

Can the museum act as an agent for change? Should  it? Will it be compromised if it does?  That is one of the debates in our Journal and in our conferences.

 

 

INSTAGRAM

Seoul 2008

 

We post photos of our activities regularly on our Instagram site 

 

 

TWITTER  Our account is here 

 

 


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  YOUTUBE

 

Follow us on YouTube. We regularly place items on YouTube. Currently we have videos of our migration workshop in Glasgow.