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Contemporary Role of Museums and Universities in the 21st Century

Lord Cultural Resources was proud to be part of the virtual conference organized by the Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, and Ashoka University: “Imaginations; Rural, Urban, Global”.

The two day symposium, delivered by global experts, will discuss and debate a host of topics, including art and crisis, creative challenges in the face of ideological warfare, the contemporary role of museums and universities in the 21st century, the impact of artificial intelligence, and extension of the frontiers of imagination through the virtual world. 

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Museums today are no longer just collections of arts and artefacts. They are no longer just about the past. The scope of museums has expanded from collecting, preserving and sharing collections to embracing their part in shaping and developing identities, reshaping cultural narratives and as engines for societal change. A museum is not just where you can see art but also a place that encourages people, artists and audience, to reflect on it and raise questions. They, like modern universities, have become spaces where ideas are explored and subverted. Yet, a new definition of a museum proposed by the International Council of Museums calling them “democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures” sparked international debate. What then is the role of museums today and tomorrow?

Moderator: Dr.Alka Pande, Art Historian

  • Gail Lord, President & Co-founder, Lord Cultural Resources
  • Romita Ray, Associate Professor, Art and Music Histories, Syracuse University
  • Professor Amareswar Galla PhD, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage
    Development, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, and Emeritus Faculty, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Navina Najat Haidar, Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Susanne Pfeffer, Director, Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
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