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IV International Congress on Education and Accessibility in Museums and Heritage
Lisbon, Cascais, and Batalha
Museu Nacional dos Coches, Farol – Museu de Santa Marta, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Batalha, Museu Benfica – Cosme Damião
Congress
2 to 4 October 2017

In the first edition to be held in Portugal, organised by the ICOM-Portugal and the Institute of Contemporary History - FCSH/NOVA, this congress aims to question the concepts and methods that have supported education and training for accessibility, in particular universal accessibility.

Training for Inclusion: Is Universal Accessibility feasible ?

 

The last decade has witnessed, notably in the Iberian Peninsula, a significant increase in the interest by museum and heritage professionals in the reflection on the adoption of inclusive practices and processes. Resulting in part from growing pressure and demand from civil society on the right to cultural enjoyment and participation, as well as the progressive visibility of these issues in academic and professional discourses, this interest has resulted in a calibrated search for knowledge and good practices that can equip professionals with the necessary skills to implement an inclusive practice, accessible to all, either through acquisition of academic training in specialization and postgraduate courses, or seeking answers to specific questions and / or more generalist approaches in the short-term training market.

One of the pillar concepts advanced in this formal and informal vocational training has been that of universal accessibility, that is, of the initial conception of any cultural space and / or program as inherently inclusive from the outset. In terms of physical barriers, this objective would be easily attainable, if that was the wish of the respective owner or designer – which, argued by proponents of universal accessibility, is not, in most cases, what happens. But going further, universal accessibility, one that transcends cultural, social, economic and intellectual barriers, seems a distant and hardly achievable ambition, perhaps only within the reach of urban, cosmopolitan, and hyperfinanced contexts. Thus, many professionals, despite seeking and training in this area, feel themselves to be on an indefinite path, no longer in the area of lip service, but not yet in the land of universal accessibility fully achieved and practiced.

The International Congress on Education and Accessibility in Museums and Heritage has consolidated a growing international importance in the discussion of Education and Accessibility in museums and heritage. Its last edition, in 2016, took to Spain around 150 speakers, from several countries, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and Russia. The Congress hosted professionals from museums, art galleries, natural parks, central, regional and local government bodies, schools and universities, cultural facilities, tourism, industry, Architecture and design, among others.

In its fourth edition, the first to be held in Portugal, the congress aims to question the concepts and methods that have supported education and training for accessibility, in particular universal accessibility.

 

The Congress has three main objectives:

1) To make a state of the art regarding learning about accessibility and inclusion, from the perspective of theoretical and conceptual teaching and its practical implementation.

2) To conduct a formal diagnostic study on teaching and training concerning accessibility applicable to Museums and Heritage.

3) To identify the acquisition of competencies and best practices capable of improving the performance of all agents.

 

PROGRAMME


Registration:

Students and ICOM Members:

- Until June 30 – 30€
- After June 30 – 60€

Other Researchers and Public:

- Until June 30 – 40€
- After June 30 – 80€

Volunteering:

Free. Reserved for the first 10 proposals. Please apply by sending email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Scientific Committee

Almudena Dominguez (Professora Catedrática, Universidad de Zaragoza)
Ana Mercedes Stoffel (Museologist)
Antonio Espinosa (Museologist, Director of Vilamuseu – Villajoyosa)
Inês Fialho Brandão (Museologist, Câmara Municipal de Cascais)
Isabel Victor (Museologist)
José Picas do Vale (Museologist, IHC – FCSH/NOVA)
Juan Sandoval (Museologist, Museum curator for Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Múrcia)

 

Organizing Committee

Coordinators:

Ana Mercedes Stoffel (Museologist)
Isabel Victor (Museologist)
José Picas do Vale (Museologist, IHC – FCSH/NOVA)

Contributors:

Antonio Espinosa (Museologist, Director do Vilamuseu – Villajoyosa)
Inês Fialho Brandão (Museologist, Câmara Municipal de Cascais)
Juan Sandoval (Museologist, Museum curator for Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Múrcia)
Margarida Portela (Researcher, IHC – FCSH/NOVA)