From Linguistic Innovation to Cultural Transformation: Unpacking the Implications of ICOM's New Museum Definition in Italy and France

The Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Bologna, thanks to the Cassini Senior 2023 grant, hosts a multidisciplinary conference on the impacts of the new ICOM's museum definition

  • Data: dal 18 marzo 2024 al 19 marzo 2024

  • Luogo: Bologna - Room to be defined

"The Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Bologna, together with Université Grenoble Alpes, the Burgundy Business School, and LARHRA, and with the support of the Cassini Senior 2023 grant of the Institut Français, is organising a multidisciplinary conference, bridging economics, art history, and sociology, on the impacts of the update of the ICOM's definition of museum.


This new definition, introduced in August 2022, contains several new key terms that may influence the operations of museums. The conference will specifically focus on the keywords 'sustainability,' 'diversity,' and 'ethically,' with particular attention to their effects on art museums.

The conference will be held in Bologna, on March 18-19 2024.


Keynote speakers:

- James M. Bradburne - Director of the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, IT

- Emmanuelle Polack - Direction du Soutien aux collections, Musée du Louvre, Paris, FR

- Emanuela Totaro - General secretary of the Kainòn Foundation, Rome, IT

- Julie Verlaine - Professor of contemporary history, Université de Tours, Tours, FR, and Musée des féminismes, Angers, FR


The deadline for sending a 300-words abstract (together with a short biography) to is the 19th of November 2023.


Further information about the call and the conference can be found here:


Conference organizers:

Francesco Angelini, University of Bologna

Alice Ensabella, Université Grenoble Alpes and LARHRA

Marilena Vecco, Burgundy Business School"