In a few weeks I will be speaking at a conference in Taipei, Taiwan called ‘Museums and Education in the 21st Century: global and local discourses’. This international conference will be convened by the Institute of Education and National Taiwan Normal University. The themes of the conference are based on the intersection between education in its broadest sense and “self-conscious‟ public museums as sites for social interaction, places of collision and possibility. Such sites move beyond the physical museum to embrace social media and the virtual museum. In particular this conference will seek a better understanding of the implications and contradictions of local and global changes for a rapidly expanding museum world.
I will be giving a paper entitled ‘Master-Mistress: queer uncertainties in historic houses’, on a panel alongside LIN Ching Chiu and WU Dai Rong: ‘Embracing and Empowering Urban Youth: Social Relations, Social Responsibility and the Educational Roles of Museum’ and Hyunsoo KOH: ‘Comfort for Whom? Representation of ‘comfort women’ issue in Museum of Women’s Human Rights’. You can see the full programme here and more information about the conference here.
I’m really looking forward to it, there looks to be a really interesting cross-section of papers, and I’m excited to visit Asia for the first time! I’ll blog about the conference and about Taiwan once I return.