ICOM CECA annual conference

ICOM CECA annual conference | Digital and in Leuven (Belgium)

Co-creation inside and outside the museum

25.10 - 29.10.2021
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This fall (25.10 – 29.10.2021), the annual CECA conference will take place digitally, as well as at M Leuven. The first two days will take place online, the remaining conferences the following days will be held 'live' in Leuven. We will also propose visits to other museums in Belgium.

You can book your ticket for the conference as from June 14, 2021. Given the sanitary circumstances, it is possibly to access solely the online (first two days) or offline part (next two days) of the programme. The online part is free of charge but reservation is required.

Proposals to speak during the conference can be submitted until April 24, 2021. The selected proposals will be presented online during the virtual part of the programme, either on Monday October 25 or on Tuesday October 26. Presentations have to be in one of the three official ICOM languages: English, French or Spanish.

Conferention Theme

Co-creation inside and outside the museum

The 2021 CECA Conference will focus on a number of questions that are closely linked to co-creation in museums.

An increasing number of museums are operating within a participatory framework as regards ideas and activities. Taking an inclusive mission as their starting point, they are embracing dialogue, cooperation and co-creation with various communities and individuals, young and less young. This new tone would seem to be irreversible. Collaborating and engaging in dialogue with the public is a motivating force for many organizations and one that is being worked on ardently, not only inside but also outside the museum walls. It is more than a trend; it is a new vision of the museum and its remit. Since co-creation affects several of a museum’s areas of activity, responsibility for it lies not solely with the educational or external relations departments, but with the whole organization. This means that we will have to adjust our organisation. A movement in which edu-curation (the educator’s participation towards exhibitions and gallery museography) can play a key role, because co-creation with the public can often be only successful if there is co-creation between the different departments in the museum.


Driving questions might include

 1. The influence of co-creation and edu-curating on museum presentations: what challenges do we envisage?  

2. Co-creation in the museum: how does cooperating with the public affect the organization itself?  

3. What can be the effects of co-creation in museums on communities/ society?  

4. Does an active dialogue with the public re-shape ‘educational work’ in museums?   

An initiative together with ICOM CECA, ICOM BELGIUM, KU LEUVEN, FARO and BAMM!