9th International Conference of Museums for Peace, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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An article by Peter van den Dungen (Hon.), General Coordinator, International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP)

The 9th international conference of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) will be held in Belfast, 10th – 13th April 2017. The conference is hosted by Ulster University, with the support of Visit Belfast.

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The conference theme, ‘Cities as Living Museums for Peace’, will highlight (among other subjects), Belfast’s social and political transformation from a divided, troubled city to one which models peace consciousness through post-conflict healing and reconciliation.

The conference invites participation from peace educators, including directors and curators of human rights and peace museums, artists, architects, journalists, policy-makers, as well as researchers, scholars, and students of such fields as education, history, museum studies, cultural memory studies, conflict resolution.

The opening day of the conference marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, perhaps the most important and far-reaching agreement in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s. The opening reception will be held at Stormont (Parliament Building), on the same estate where the historic agreement was signed.

The conference also marks the 25th anniversary of INMP – a global network of peace museums, memorials, gardens and other peace related sites that share the aim to cultivate a global culture of peace.

The call for paper, panel and poster presentations is now open, until 1st November. For more information and an application form, go to www.museumsforpeace.org or contact conference@museumsforpeace.org

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