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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 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.

***Sensory Lanscapes of Istanbul, E.Esra Satici, Şeya Çetin, CAMOC Review 04/2016 pp 21-24 

 

◉ 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.

*** The Future City Lab. at the Museum of the City of New York.  See also Confronting New York's Present and Future, Dr Sarah M. Henry, CAMOC's 2017 conference, Mexico City.

 

◉ 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 Review and in our conferences.

Urban decay. A rat by Banksy

***Updating Den Gamla By and Focussing on Being an Inclusive Museum, Thomas Bloch Ravin, CAMOC Review 02/2017 ISSN 2520-2472 pp 1-4

Involving Citizens: Snapshot of Some European Cities, Layla Betti, Our Greatest Artefact, the City, CAMOC, Istanbul 2012 pp 53-65

 

◉ REVOLTING CITIES

Demonstrators protesting the killing of journalists in Paris

Cites are home to migrants, conflict and revolutions.  They are where we protest and demonstrate and where there is unrest - especially in capital cities where power lays. Today, Madrid and Barcelona, not so long ago Paris in 1968 and the Prague Spring, both recorded over and again in city museums.   

***Protesting Now: Collecting for the Future, Charlotte Hall, CAMOC Review, 03/2017 ISSN 2520-2472 pp 9-10

 

  THE CITY IN LITERATURE

A street in Seoul

Cities make for great literature - Tolstoy's Moscow, Dostoevsky's Petersburg, Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: the city seen through another eye.  There are endless textbooks on the city, so many of which are essential if we are to understand how cities have become what they are, and where they could go. Yet, perhaps it is the poets and novelists who give us the sharpest insight on city living.  

At our conference in Rio we joined forces with ICLM, ICOM's international committee for literary museums to reflect on the tension between fictional and factual interpretations of  the city.  We hd read ins by our colleagues from texts about the city. Layla Betti read from Pier Paulo Pasolin on Rome:

"I always tell everyone...that Rome is the most beautiful city in the world...But would Rome be the most beautiful..if it were not at the same time the ugliest? "

A reading from Tolstoy at our Rio conference

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Seoul 2008

 

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