University of Jyväskylä

To recycle, mend or discard? – Is the museum world prepared for KonMari?

The museology seminar, organised by the students of Museology from the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, will be held on 20–21 April 2017. The 21st national museology seminar is organised in collaboration with the Nordic Association of Conservators, Finland, ICOM Finland and the Union of Academic Museum Employees in Finland.

In Finland’s 100th anniversary, the theme for the seminar will be preservation of cultural heritage. With the dire economic situation, it is even more crucial to think about what and how to preserve for future generations.

The approach of the seminar was inspired by the KonMari Method created by Japanese organising expert Marie Kondo. The KonMari Method helps people organise household chaos through decluttering.

Also in the seminar, we will bring forth challenges museums are facing with the storage and management of collections. Seminar topics include, for example, discarding objects from collections, preservation work and disposal practices. The programme also features case study presentations from conservators, a workshop and a discussion panel. The seminar is international and will have speeches and workshops in English and in Finnish.

In their presentations, speakers will approach the seminar theme from different angles. The keynote speakers include Anne Bjørke, Head of Collections from Bergen City Museum, and Kerstin Smeds, Professor of Museology from Umeå University. Nina Robbins, PhD in Museology and MA art conservator, will also give her speech in English.

The seminar will be held in the Old Festival Hall of Seminarium Building on the Seminaarinmäki campus in Jyväskylä.

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Museology seminar working group

Chair of the working group
Elina Rauhala
+358 40 729 6505

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