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CAMOC Museums of Cities Review is our new publication. It has grown out of our Newsletter and it is where we aim to advance knowledge in our field, and to provide an opportunity for our contributors to share their experience and show us how they deal with matters common to us all.
We will publish three on-line issues a year, plus a special fourth issue which will be in both print and on-line versions. The first issue, December 2016, can be downloaded here.
We welcome contributions not only from our members, but also from those who are interested and involved in cities and in urban life. The contacts are the editor Jelana Savic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the CAMOC Secretary Afsin Altayli, Turkey.
Check out our affiliate website, Museum of the City, spearheaded by our CAMOC member Chet Orloff, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, Orgeon, where the site is based.
Effectively, it acts as an extension of our ICOM based site. It's a virtual museum of city culture, features, issues, and history that collects online exhibits submitted by citizens the world over. The site is continuously updated.
Our latest ebook will appear shortly. Chapters include: The Windhoek City Museum, South Africa by Aaron Nambadi; City Museum: Defining a New Museum, by Jean-louis Postula; The City as Museum and the Museum as City by Larry Beasley; The Anahuacalli Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico by Yanni Herreman...
All our other publications, on-line or in print, are listed under Publications, and also under Conferences. See the left hand column.
The Making of the Heritage of Mankind
Un nouveau livre de notre membre Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel. Elle dirige à l’Unesco l’unité Europe et Amérique du Nord au Centre du patrimoine mondial.
A new book by our colleague, Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, who is head of the Europe and North America unit at UNESCO's Centre for World Heritage.
Isabelle reflects on how the making of cultural heritage has been fashioned by UNESCO since its creation in 1945. The book fills an important gap in the understanding of this phenomenon at the heart of the debate on the globalisation of culture.
The Museum of the City
"Longtemps inscrit dans un schema classique, centré sur ses collections, le musée de ville a évolué au rythme de sa diffusion sur tous les continents et de ses adaptations aux forms successives de a muséologie...le secteur de musée de ville est particulièrement dynamique..."
This is a definitive account of the history and present reality of museums about cities. It's by our colleague Jean-Louis Postula, and is published by La Documentation Française, Paris in July 2015.
"Richement illustré, cet ouvrage constitue une première synthèse globale..."
In der asphalt stadt ich bin daheim Bertolt Brecht
Sous les pavés, la plage Paris 1968
CAMOC is about the city and its people—their history, their present and their future. It is a forum for those who work in museums about cities, but also for anyone involved and interested in urban life: historians, urban planners, architects, citizens, all of whom can exchange knowledge and ideas across national frontiers.
Ciudad de México 2017
Museums of Cities and Contested Urban Histories, Mexico City 30-31 October 2017
Courtesy The Daily Telegraph
CAMOC’s 13th Annual Conference will be held in Mexico City on 30-31 October 2017. The main theme of the conference will be Museums of Cities and Contested Urban Histories which connects directly to ICOM’S International Museum Day theme for 18 May 2017: Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.
More information is in the conferences section in the left hand column of this site where you can download the call for papers and details of fees in English and in Spanish. We also have the call for papers in Chinese and Japanese. We will update details of the conference as and when they become available.
We aim to cover every aspect of the city, which is our artefact. Below we set out two of our permanent themes.
1.Migration and city museums
Museums are places of and for migrants and the fresh perspectives, ideas, questions and skills that they bring.
Martin Roth, the former German Director of the British Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Migration, so often the result of conflict, is one of the dominating social and political issues of the day. All of us living in the city are migrants or the descendants of migrants in one way or another. Therefore migration is a permanent item on our agenda.
We started with a workshop in Glasgow in 2015. Then, together with the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) and the International Committee for Regional Museums (ICR), we developed a continuing project supported by ICOM: Migration Cities (im)migration and arrival cities. We organised one workshop in Athens in 2017 (see below) and a second is scheduled for Mexico city in October 2017.
More information is on our Projects and Workshops pages
Migration:Cities | (im)migration and arrival cities
6-7 February 2017, Athens
This inaugural workshop for the Migration: Cities project explored the impact of the influx of migrants on contemporary cities, ranging from polarisation and exclusion to enrichment and the creation of new cultural resources, and the roles museums can have in collecting, presenting and collaborating in these processes. The workshop aimed to bring together museum professionals, NGO representatives, psychologists, social workers, specialists in intercultural education and (im)migrants, who exchanged ideas in an interactive way. A report is now on our Workshops page.
So much of migration is a consequence of our second theme, which we have set out below. Both can be a consequence of contested histories, the theme for our conference in Mexico City.
2. Cities, people and cultures in conflict
Das war ein Vorspiel nu. Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen Heine
That was just a prelude. Where they burn books they will end up burning people.
Ihr Städte des Euphrats!/Ihr Gassen von Palmyra! /Ihr Säulenwälder in der Ebne der Wüste, /Was seid ihr? Hölderlin
Euphrates' cities/ and Palmyra's streets and you /Forests of columns in the level desert /What are you now?
Aleppo - "the most beautiful and elegant city in the world". And now a city and its people in ruins.
The Old City of Aleppo, 2006. A UNESCO World Heritage Site Courtesy BBC
Aleppo, 2016 Courtesy BBC
The link below is a tribute to the work of Alaa al-Sayyed who has created an archive of the city and its history until its destruction today.
See also these two web sites:
Aleppo is hardly alone: Sana'a, Donetsk, Mosul, Palmyra...The link below is a complete record of a conference in London, Culture in Crisis, organised in April 2015 by the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It gives an account of the destruction of irreplaceable artefacts and historic city sites in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali and other countries across the world.
There are other relevant links: www.ancbs.org gives a comprehensive summary of the Hague Convention of 1954 which created rules to protect universal cultural heritage in times of war and the work of international organisations in the field.
The Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo before and after. It was built between the 8th and 13th centuries. Courtesy Reuters
Information about World Heritage sites, the World Heritage Convention and UNESCO's World Heritage mission is on:
One other useful link: The Curious Travellers project aims to build up a database for historic sites under threat. One aim is to invite the public to upload their photographs of such sites so that they can be used to create 3D digital models before places like Cyrene in Libya or Palmyra are lost forever. The details are on this link.
City museums, by applying their special skills, have much to say that is relevant to modern society. Museums about cities need to interpret and explain urban society and the processes of change at work within it. Max Hebditch, Museum International July-September 1995
European Museum of the Year Award 2016
This year the prize at an awards ceremony on 9 April in San Sebastian, Spain went to POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw.
Another Polish museum picked up the Council of Europe Museum Prize – The European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk. Of particular interest to CAMOC is the Silletto Prize for excellence in working with the local community and involving local volunteers. This year it went to the Vukovar City Museum in Vukovar, Croatia. The chair of the European Museums Forum, which organises the awards, is Goranka Horjan, Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Zagreb.
The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue of the Review is 10 June.
The current issue contains a list of forthcoming events from across the world