"The Past Exposed. History and Historians in Museums"
May 9, 2013, Québec City
Over the past decades, history museums have acquired considerable autonomy: mediators of knowledge produced by historians, they are also producers, directors and actors. In reconstructing the history it wants to tell, a museum makes a selection. In so doing, it assumes its authority and expertise in the mediation of knowledge.
If the museum contributes in this way to creating meaning, it is also a formidable passageway, where knowledge from basic research crosses the borders of the university to reach the general public. Collaborations between historians and museum specialists are numerous and unavoidable. Yet these two groups rarely have the opportunity to openly discuss the nature of their collaboration, and more broadly, the place and role that history plays in the museum.
The purpose of this meeting, organized by Musées de la civilisation and the Centre d'histoire de Montréal at the 81e Congrès de l'ACFAS, was to encourage discussions between historians and museum practitioners, to reflect on arising ethical challenges of with regard to the dissemination representation of history in museums, and to identify prospects for the future.
A total of fifteen historians and museum practitioners were invited to collectively reflect on current issues, in hopes of identifying new avenues of research.
Complete program: http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/programme/81/300/28/c
"It's my museum! Citizen and community impact on current museology"
May 9, 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina
In 2013, Musées de la civilisation and the Federación Argentina de Amigos de Museos (FADAM) presented the symposium "¡Es mi museo! Impacto ciudadano y comunitario en la museología actual". Held in Buenos Aires, this symposium meeting brought together international and national speakers to reflect on the role of the community and a participatory approach to the renewal of museum institutions. This event was possible thanks to the support of our partners ICOM - Argentina, World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM), Fondación OSDE, Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Hotel Pestana Buenos Aires.
Presentation by Lucie Daignault, Head of Evaluation, Musées de la civilisation
"Québec's Cultural Diversity Through Time and Space"
October 25-26, 2012, Musée de la place Royale, Québec City
For several decades, cultural diversity has been the focus of many discussions and debates. While immigration has diversified Québec's population like never before, we try to define the foundations of the Québec identity, to discover areas of disagreement and common anchor points to foster a sense of belonging for the cultural groups that make up Québec. In parallel, the aboriginal issue requires Québec society to revisit its intercultural past and renegotiate its relationship to itself and the land. However fruitful they are, current debates on cultural diversity often ask resolutely contemporary questions that might make us forget that Québec itself was born of diversity - the arrival of large waves of immigrants starting in the second half of the nineteenth century. After a slowdown at the end of the 1920s, immigration reignited in Canada after the Second World War, when nearly a million immigrants, mostly European, chose Québec. Starting in the 1980s, immigrant populations diversified again with the arrival of populations from the Hispanic, Asian and Arab worlds.
As part of a historical perspective, this research workshop, organized by Musées de la civilisation and Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises (CIEQ), was aimed at taking on the issue of cultural diversity from a geographical and diachronic perspective. How to "read" and especially "tell" about cultural diversity in Québec through time and space? Or in other words, how to understand it over the long term and take it into consideration in all its complexity and historical depth?
Program of the event: http://www.cieq.ca/activites.php?niv2=colloquescongres&niv3=partenariat
"Beyond Stone. The Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Québec's Religious Communities"
In partnership with Musées de la civilisation, this conference of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA) brought together nearly 200 specialists to reflect on the tangible and intangible heritage of religious communities.
September 23-24, 2011, Musée de la civilisation, Québec City
At a time when certain communities are leaving one way of life for another, it has become important to reflect on the fate of their heritage, including furniture, archives, documentary and the intangible. Carried out in collaboration with Musées de la civilisation, Laboratoire d'histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal, Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec and Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises, the event aimed to discuss issues related to the preservation of objects, works of art, archives and libraries belonging to religious communities.
Complete program : Program
Opening of the conference Beyond Stone. Mélanie Lanouette, Director of Musées de la civilisation Research Department
"Migrations. Scientific Perspectives and Museological Mediations"
November 4-6, 2010, Musée de la civilisation, Québec City
For about twenty years, the theme of migrations has been a trend in the museum community, as evidenced by the creation of migration museums in North America, Australia and Europe. This interest is stimulated by a context favourable to migration and immigration in particular, and responds to contemporary social and political issues.
To extend the reflection on the exhibition On the Road: The Francophone Odyssey and, more broadly, on migration phenomena, Musées de la civilisation held an international symposium on the theme of the history of Francophone migrations, or migrations in the Francophone environment. The objective of the symposium was to reflect on how museums appropriate this theme and transpose it into exhibitions. It was also meant to be an opportunity to take stock of the current state of research and to reflect on relationships between scientific communities and venues for the dissemination of knowledge.
A book that prolongs this event, entitled "Musées, histoire, migrations", was published in 2015 by Presses de l'Université Laval.