Submitted By: Tourism New Zealand
International experts from around the globe will converge on Wellington next month for the 2015 Federation of International Human Rights Museums conference, at the Museum of New Zealand -Te Papa Tongarewa
Access is a Human Right – New Zealand a uniquely bi-cultural host
“As a uniquely bicultural museum, it’s appropriate for Te Papa Tongarewa to host this discussion. We’re proud to be bringing such an engaging range of experts and delegates to New Zealand for this conference, and to take a leading role in this global conversation,” says Te Papa Tongarewa spokeswoman Tracy Puklowski.
“Social justice, human rights, and access are at the very heart of Te Papa Tongarewa’s genealogy, or whakapapa.”
Alongside workshops and a dynamic programme of international guest speakers from New Zealand, Australia, the Americas, Asia and Europe, the conference will also feature stimulating presentations from two keynote presenters. Including Leicester University’s Professor Richard Sandell, who is currently exploring how museums engage with sexuality and gender identity, as well as how museums are developing progressive new narratives of disability.
And founding FIHRM President and National Museums Liverpool Director Dr David Fleming, a social historian with a passion for addressing the traditional silences in British museums, such as the history of the slave trade and the gap between the rich and poor in British urban life.
With the 2015 conference also coinciding with the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand, it’ll also explore aspects of partnership, indigenous rights and self-determination within the museum context.
“There could be no better time for Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand to host the FIHRM conference. A commitment to human rights has been an implicit element of this bicultural museum since before it opened to the public,” says Tracy Puklowski.
The Federation of Human Rights Museums conference will take place at Wellington’s Museum of New Zealand -Te Papa Tongarewa from the 22 – 24 September 2015.
For more information visit www.fihrmconference.nz/
FIHRM 2015 is presented by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Victoria University of Wellington’s Museum and Heritage Studies programme, in collaboration with FIHRM, the Human Rights Commission and the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.
Te Papa Tongarewa also acknowledges the support of Tourism New Zealand.