10/04/2017 – 13/04/2017
Belfast to Host 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace, 10-13, April 2017
BELFAST (Northern Ireland)
The International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP; www.museumsforpeace.org) will hold its 9th International Conference in Belfast, April 10-13, 2017.
The INMP is a global network of peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share the aim to cultivate a global culture of peace.
The conference theme, “Cities as Living Museums for Peace,” will highlight Belfast’s social and political transformation from a divided, troubled city to a one which models peace consciousness through post conflict healing and reconciliation.
The 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace hosted by Ulster University, with the support of Visit Belfast.
Ulster University is globally renowned for the impact of its peace and conflict transformation research through INCORE – the International Conflict Research Institute – headquartered at the University’s Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry.
The conference invites participation from directors and curators of human rights and peace museums, peace educators, journalists, artists, musicians, architects, policy makers, as well as researchers, scholars, and students of history, museum studies, cultural memory studies, international relations, international ethics, and interdisciplinary subjects.
“Visit Belfast, with funding support from Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, has continually promoted the city as a vibrant conference and business tourism destination.” said Laurie Scott, Director of Business Tourism at Visit Belfast. “Now, ‘Peace, Anthropology & Conflict Resolution’ has been identified as a priority for growth within the conferencing sector in Belfast so we are thrilled that INMP has chosen the city as the venue for this 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace.”
The opening day of the Conference (April 10) marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, perhaps the most important and far reaching agreement in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s. The Opening Reception of the Conference 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.