On July 20, 2017 at 6.30 pm as a part of the lecture-discussion series "Jewish Days in the City Hall: (Un)Displayed Past in East European" as discussion on "Museum Future of the Past: Challenges and Visions for Historical Museums in Ukraine". The lecture took place in the restaurant "Ratusha" (1, Rynok sq.). Admission free.
Museums expect change, and
change is expected by museums. New medias and digital technologies are becoming
more and more widespread. But can technical innovations catalyze structural and
conceptual changes? Visions of the function and role of museums often differ
greatly and stand in opposition. This is especially true for historical
museums, where not only the methods of presenting the past, but also images of
the future are in the process of re-conceptualization. This challenge raises
the question of the nature of a museum's responsibility, and to whom a museum
is accountable, in societies where museums have long served as an instrument of
propaganda and were subordinate to the ideological demands of the state. On
what or on whom are today's historical museums dependent? For whom do museums
work: states, founders, societies, or each visitor? Should a museum teach or
discuss, dictate or propose, transmit or share, legitimize authority or include
society, support or challenge the public imagination? How do museums understand and react to the
challenges of reform, and what are the models and resources for change? Who are
the creators and agents of transformation in museums? In this conversation with
directors of three museums we will discuss the challenges in representing and
discussing the past—in cities, countries, and societies. This was an
opportunity to explore how each expert approaches these questions: with
colleagues at their institutions, in the wider museum field, with institutions
to which they are subordinate, and with interested stakeholders and audiences.
This is also a chance to discuss our own expectations in imagining how the
future of the past might be represented in our own museums.
Discussants: Roman Chmelyk (Lviv Historical Museum), Tetyana Sosnovska (National Museum of the History of Ukraine), Ihor Poshyvailo (Revolution of Dignity Museum), Sofia Dyak (Center for Urban History).
Jewish Days is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History - Summer School in Jewish History and Multicultural Past, held annually since 2010, and the initiative Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility (in partnership with the Lviv City Council and the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ).