This blog is an experimental backchannel discussion platform for attendees of the American Association of Museums’ 2009 Annual Meeting, and all others interested in ways that museums are / can engage social issues. The AAM conference includes several sessions that address social issues, and we want to provide a forum for museum professionals to discuss these sessions and share their insight, ideas, expectations, and concerns.
It is a coordinated effort related to the journal Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse (M&SI). M&SI is an academic journal edited by Dr. Kris Morrissey, Director of the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington. The journal is a forum for discussing the ways in which museums address critical contemporary social issues.
We have grouped several sessions in like categories in order to structure what we hope will be both a platform for discussion around these sessions, as well as a tool for conference attendees to find sessions of interest. A list of categories can be found in the sidebar on the right.
We encourage comments surrounding all aspects of museums & social issues at AAM. Here is a list of a few social issues-related sessions at the 2009. Click on the title to post your comment on an individual session.
Thursday, April 30th
Friday, May 1st
Saturday, May 2nd
Sunday, May 3rd