The 26th ICOM General Conference | Prague, Czech Republic | August 20-28, 2022

The Power of Museums: ICOM Prague 2022 Online Program Now Available Here

You can access the conference content with the e-mail address you used for the registration on this website and click on the "Programme/Records" button.

 Furthermore, you can watch "online excursions", exclusive content created especially for the conference purposes, taking you around three diverse environments of the Czech Republic.

ICOM-US Programs in Prague

Thank you to everyone who participated in the ICOM-US events for the ICOM 2022 General Conference in Prague, both in-person and virtually. We were so proud to have strong representation in Prague with over 150 U.S. delegates who attended the conference in person. ICOM-US was a co-sponsor with ICEE and INTERCOM of the Stephen Weil Memorial Lecture this year, which presented on the theme of LGBTQ+ and Museums. A powerful presentation was given by Craig Middleton (National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and co-author of Queering the Museum) and Ben Garcia (American LGBTQ+ Museum, NY) in a packed room with bystanders even listening from the corridor. As seen in the photo shown above, the U.S. delegation as well as invited international colleagues joined together to celebrate and network at the beautiful U.S. Ambassador's Residence for a wonderful ICOM-US evening reception. We are so thankful to our partners at the US Embassy who welcomed us for this memorable opportunity while in town for the ICOM General Conference.

Highlights and Updates

ICOM Votes Passed

  • New ICOM Strategic Plan 2022-2028 
  • New Code of Conduct for ICOM's Governing Executive Board 

ICOM will establish a protocol on respecting the ICOM Code of Ethics during conflicts. Read more here

Elections

2022-25 ELECTIONS

Emma Nardi was elected as ICOM President by the 37th General Assembly, convened in the framework of the General Conference in Prague.

She will join the rest of the ICOM Executive Board Members elected for the term 2022-25:

  • President: Emma Nardi (Italy)
  • Vice-Presidents: Inkyung CHANG, Republic of Korea, Terry Simioti NYAMBE, Republic of Zambia
  • Treasurer: Carina JAATINEN, Republic of Finland
  • Ordinary members: Feng ZHAO, People’s Republic of China, Marilia BONAS, Federative Republic of Brazil, Kaja SIROK, Republic of Slovenia, Tayeebeh Golnaz GOLSABAHI, Islamic Republic of Iran, Steph SCHOLTEN, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deborah TOUT-SMITH, Commonwealth of Australia, Luís RAPOSO, Portuguese Republic, Jody STEIGER, Republic of Costa Rica, Karin WEIL GONZÁLEZ, Republic of Chile, Ahmed MOHAMMED, United Arab Emirates, Rachelle DOUCET, Republic of Haiti
  • Chairperson of the Advisory Council: Antonio Rodriguez (United States and Venezuela) Elected during the Advisory Council on 21 August
  • Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council: Medea Ekner (Sweden) Elected during the Advisory Council on 21 August

Read more here.

Congratulations to our fellow ICOM-US Member, Antonio Rodriguez, ICEE Immd. Past Chair, for his election to Chair for the ICOM Advisory Council, 2022-2025! 

ICOM-US Travel Conference Grant

ICOM-US funded $20,000 towards grant support for members to participate in the ICOM Prague 2022 Conference. In total, we were able to support 15 awardees in Prague and 21 awardees virtually for the conference. 

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Background Information on Selection from ICOM Paris:

Following the Advisory Council’s vote on the host city for the ICOM General Conference 2022 last June, ICOM and its National Committee in Egypt had started to prepare for the 26th ICOM General Conference in Alexandria. Both parties strived to meet the conditions and requirements for hosting the ICOM General Conference, an event which often attracts more than 3,000 participants and includes 150 sessions and workshops. The General Conference in Alexandria in 2022 was to be the first one in an African and Arab country. Alexandria, as home to the ancient and modern “biblioteca” would have been an attractive venue.

However, after ten months of preparation, ICOM received a letter from the Governor of Alexandria and e-mails from the National Committee ICOM Egypt, both stating that they are not able to organise the General Conference 2022 in Alexandria. The ICOM Executive Board had therefore no option – much to its regret – but to accept this decision and to cease the process.

As the city of Prague, Czech Republic, was the second candidate favoured by the Advisory Council, the ICOM Executive Board therefore took the decision to mandate its National Committee in the Czech Republic to organise the 26th ICOM General Conference in Prague. ICOM Czech Republic has now established an Organising Committee that has begun to work with partners on all levels from local to national and international. ICOM looks forward with pleasure and confidence to holding its General Conference in the Czech capital in 2022.