DigiCONFLICT Organizes the Conference “Museums Fit for the 21st Century: The Challenge of Technology” in Partnership with the European Solidarity Centre

On 21–22 June 2021 the DigiCONFLICT Research Consortium holds the conference Museums Fit for the 21st Century: The Challenge of Technology in partnership with the European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk (Poland). The conference is designed to consider the digital turn in the institution of the museum as an important derivative of wider societal and cultural changes. Discussioning around museums and digital technology tend to center on the question of how to keep at pace with rapid change of technological innovation, but as such it does not always reflect on the dangers and challenges brought by digital technology. By producing digital heritage, expanding the museum space to the Internet, integrating users with the museum public, melting interaction with education, transforming museums into industries, the application of technology can arguably alter and distort the nature and the mission of the institution of the museum. Not taking digital technological means and tools for granted, the conference asks whether their application has truly transformed museums to fit the 21st century and turned them into community-based, open and democratic institutions that pay enough attention to contemporary conflicts and challenges. The conference programme will be livestreamed via YouTube (registration not required).

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