Call for Papers

ICOM Norway seminar 11 April 2018:
New relations between museum and society

The ICOM Code of Ethics provides basic rules for museums and museum staff. Those rules are now recognized and accepted by museums across the world and considered an indispensable reference in the museum sector. However, museums are different and work with very dissimilar themes. A set of general rules applicable for museums across the world cannot provide in-depth guidance on all issues in museums. This suggests a need for further exploration of museum ethics.

The evolving societal role of museums raises new ethical problems. In ICOM Norway, we have seen that this creates new challenges with respect to the contemporary documentation of controversial themes.

To focus on these issues and similar ethical challenges, ICOM Norway seeks speakers from the Nordic countries for a seminar on museum ethics 11 April 2018 in Kristiansand, Norway.

If you would consider giving a 20 minutes speech at the seminar, ICOM Norway would be very pleased to hear from you. Please send a short abstract describing your topic within 15 March to ICOM Norway at:

If you have any questions regarding these presentations, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same address.


Successful speakers will be informed by 20 March and offered a travel grant of NOK 4000


The seminar takes place at Scandic Bystranda hotel in Kristiansand, Norway. The seminar is followed by the conference “You shall be heard!?” – A conference about how (not) to share personal narratives arranged 12 and 13 April by Vest-Agdermuseet in cooperation with ICOM Norway.