ICOM General Conference: KYOTO 2019

Museums as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition

On September 1-7, 2019, the former imperial capital city of Kyoto will roll out the red carpet for 3,000 participants for the 25th ICOM General Conference. Expert-led discussions and exchanges of ideas on timely museum-related issues will sweep the iconic city that is filled with thousands of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and museums, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
Panels, meetings, excursions, social events, workshops and more will give you unequaled opportunities to engage with other museum professionals and enthusiasts and to broaden your experience and understanding of the museum world. The ICOM General Conference is held once every three years for all ICOM members worldwide.

Information about our Kyoto 2019 Travel Support!

ICOM Kyoto NEWS: Click here

ICOM-US Participation: Events in Kyoto
Conference Program: http://icom-kyoto-2019.org/schedule.html

DRMC Pre-workshop- Are You Ready? Introduction to Disaster Risk Management for Museum Professionals: Saturday, 31 August 2019, 08:30 – 16:30, Kyoto National Museum.
Participation is free, but pre-registration is required and limited to the first 50 participants. Lunch and breaks are included. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Language: English with some Japanese translation. All participants must register for the ICOM Triennial before registering for this workshop. To register, email Nana Kaneko at [email protected] before 15 July 2019.

UMAC Session- Making University Museums Matter Workshop- September 1, 2019- 9:30am-12:30pm. Limited enrollment (max. 20 participants). Advance registration is required. Please email Jill Deupi if interested, [email protected].

UMAC Session- Bootcamp for Academic Museums: Surviving and Thriving within a Parent Institution- September 1, 2019, 9:30am-4:30pm.Limited enrollment. Advance registration required. Please email [email protected] if interested.
Plenary Session- Curating Sustainable Futures: September 2, 2019 11:45-13:15.
This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre.

“Decolonization and Restitution: Moving Towards a More Holistic Perspective and Relational Approach” Panel : September 2, 14:30-16:00. ICC Kyoto Congress Centre.
ICOM-US Session: "A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the Age of Bush, Obama and Trump": September 2, 2019, 16:30-18:00 (4:30-6:00pm), Room 554AB
This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre. Join ICOM-US in celebrating the book release of Lonnie G. Bunch III and Smithsonian Institution. Following the presentation there will be Q&A and networking opportunity for US members.

ICOM-US Breakfast Reception: Tuesday, September 3, 8:00-9:30am *RSVP Required* 

Venue: The Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts & Crafts (Karasuma district of Kyoto, closest subway stop: Karasuma Oike Station)
Email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist. 

Plenary Session- The Museum Definition - The backbone of ICOM: September 3, 2019 10:30-12:00. This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre.\
ICOM Stephen Weil Memorial Lecture: September 3, 2019 13:30-14:30, Room C-2
ICOM-US is the main sponsor and the Keynote speaker will be Ms. Lucía González Duque, Commissioner, Commission for the truth clarification, coexistence and no-repetition, Colombia. This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre.
ICTOP Committee Session: September 3, 2019 13:30-18:00- Room 509A. ICTOP as a Hub of Museum Professional Training: Reflecting on the past 50 years, Envisioning the Next 50 Years. This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre. http://ictop.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/0.95-Programme-for-Kyoto-in-details.pdf

Disaster Risk Management Committee (DRMC) Session: September 3, 2019 16:30-18:00. This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre.

Plenary Session- Museums in Times of Disaster: September 4, 2019 9:00-10:15.
This session will be held at the ICC Kyoto Congress Centre.


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ICOM-US Members Running in Kyoto Elections

Eric Dorfman, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, ICOM-US Board Member
Running for: 
International Council of Museums
Position: Executive Board Member
Click here to learn more about Eric Dorfman and this year’s election in Kyoto. 
Message from Eric.

Deborah Ziska, Johns Hopkins University, Master of Arts in Museum Studies, ICOM-US Board Member
Running for: 
Committee: MPR
Position: Vice Chair 

Jane Klinger, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Running for: 
Committee: ICMEMO
Position: Board Member

Laura-Edythe Coleman, Drexel University
Running for: 
Committee: ICMEMO
Position: Board Member

Joan Bacharach, U.S. National Park Service, Museum Management Program
Running for: 
Committee: ICMEMO
Position: Board Member

Linda Norris, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Running for: 
Committee: ICMEMO
Position: Board Member
Candidate's Comments: Thanks!

Yun Shun Susie Chung, Southern New Hampshire University
Running for: 
Committee: ICOFOM
Position: Board Member
Candidate's Comments: Thanks for supporting me. 

Martin Earring, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Running for: 
Committee: ICME
Position: Chairperson

Traveling Tips for Kyoto

You might have found about these travel cards but just in case, here’s information about a new travel card for subways and buses that can be used most places in Japan, it will be available on the 1st of September. The advantage with this one is that there is no deposit. https://www.japan-experience.com/update/discover-welcome-suica-and-pasmo-passportThe original version can be purchased before September 1st but with a deposit at https://tokyocheapo.com/travel/pasmo-suica-cards-tokyo-travel/.Why not try the Japanese train pass that is highly recommended?! Can be purchased here: https://www.insidekyoto.com/japan-rail-pass-is-it-worth-it (Note: Train Pass must be purchased outside of Japan)