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Virtual Event: On the Front Line: Arctic Museums and Climate Change

Date & Time

Tue, Nov 02, 2021
8:00am - 11:00am PST

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This is a virtual event

Coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), this virtual symposium will convene speakers from museums located in or representing the Arctic to address climate change and the imminent threat it poses to the indigenous communities they serve.

 

Keynote speakers include Dr. Jago Cooper, Head Curator of the Americas, British Museum, and Dr. Amber Lincoln, Curator of the Americas, British Museum, who recently organized the exhibition "Arctic Culture and Climate." 

Following the keynote, two sessions will consider the impact of climate change on indigenous communities and the collections and programs that explore indigenous lifeways. Panelists represent museums in Canada, Finland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The virtual symposium is hosted by the National Nordic Museum in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums, National Museum Directors’ Council (UK), and the International Council of Museums. 

Cost: Free

 

Symposium Participants:

Dr. Sam Alberti, Director of Collections, National Museums Scotland

Dr. Chris Breward, Director, National Museums Scotland

Dr. Jago Cooper, Head Curator of the Americas, British Museum

Dr. Trude Fonneland, Professor, The Arctic University Museum of Norway 

Alberto Garlandini, President, International Council of Museums

Dr. Kajsa Kuoljok, Researcher, Ájtte Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum 

Petra Laiti, Sámi Rights Activist/Content Director, National Museum of Finland

Aaron Leggett, Curator of Indigenous History and Culture, Anchorage Museum

Dr. Amber Lincoln, Curator of the Americas, British Museum

Angela Linn, Senior Collections Manager, Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Laura Lott, President and CEO, American Alliance of Museums

Eric Nelson, Executive Director/CEO, National Nordic Museum

Anne May Olli, Director, Riddo Duottar Museat 

Dr. Mike O’Rourke, Climate Archaeologist, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center

 

Members of the Symposium Steering Committee:

Leslie Anne Anderson, Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, National Nordic Museum, United States

Joyce S. Lee, President, IndigoJLD Green + Health; Chair, AAM Environment and Climate Network, United States

Nick Merriman, Chief Executive, Horniman Museum and Gardens, United Kingdom

Morien Rees, Chair, ICOM’s Working Group on Sustainability; Museum Development Advisor, Varanger Museum, Norway

Kate Tallman, Chair, Sustainability and Excellence Awards, AAM Environment and Climate Network, United States

 

Coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), this virtual symposium will convene speakers from museums located in or representing the Arctic to address climate change and the imminent threat it poses to the indigenous communities they serve.

 

Keynote speakers include Dr. Jago Cooper, Head Curator of the Americas, British Museum, and Dr. Amber Lincoln, Curator of the Americas, British Museum, who recently organized the exhibition "Arctic Culture and Climate." 

Following the keynote, two sessions will consider the impact of climate change on indigenous communities and the collections and programs that explore indigenous lifeways. Panelists represent museums in Canada, Finland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The virtual symposium is hosted by the National Nordic Museum in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums, National Museum Directors’ Council (UK), and the International Council of Museums. 

Cost: Free

 

Symposium Participants:

Dr. Sam Alberti, Director of Collections, National Museums Scotland

Dr. Chris Breward, Director, National Museums Scotland

Dr. Jago Cooper, Head Curator of the Americas, British Museum

Dr. Trude Fonneland, Professor, The Arctic University Museum of Norway 

Alberto Garlandini, President, International Council of Museums

Dr. Kajsa Kuoljok, Researcher, Ájtte Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum 

Petra Laiti, Sámi Rights Activist/Content Director, National Museum of Finland

Aaron Leggett, Curator of Indigenous History and Culture, Anchorage Museum

Dr. Amber Lincoln, Curator of the Americas, British Museum

Angela Linn, Senior Collections Manager, Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Laura Lott, President and CEO, American Alliance of Museums

Eric Nelson, Executive Director/CEO, National Nordic Museum

Anne May Olli, Director, Riddo Duottar Museat 

Dr. Mike O’Rourke, Climate Archaeologist, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center

 

Members of the Symposium Steering Committee:

Leslie Anne Anderson, Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, National Nordic Museum, United States

Joyce S. Lee, President, IndigoJLD Green + Health; Chair, AAM Environment and Climate Network, United States

Nick Merriman, Chief Executive, Horniman Museum and Gardens, United Kingdom

Morien Rees, Chair, ICOM’s Working Group on Sustainability; Museum Development Advisor, Varanger Museum, Norway

Kate Tallman, Chair, Sustainability and Excellence Awards, AAM Environment and Climate Network, United States

 

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr Jago Cooper is the Head of the Americas Section at the British Museum. Jago has spent more than 25 years developing a diverse range of collaborative cultural research projects around the world focused on learning lessons from the study of human-climate-environment relationships through time.  In November 2021 Jago will be taking up a new role as Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Professor of Art and Archaeology at UEA in Norwich, UK.

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About the Keynote Speaker

Dr Jago Cooper is the Head of the Americas Section at the British Museum. Jago has spent more than 25 years developing a diverse range of collaborative cultural research projects around the world focused on learning lessons from the study of human-climate-environment relationships through time.  In November 2021 Jago will be taking up a new role as Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Professor of Art and Archaeology at UEA in Norwich, UK.

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Amber Lincoln was a curator in the Americas section at the British Museum for almost six years. She was also the lead curator for the Citi Exhibition Arctic: culture and climate for the British Museum. In collaboration with Indigenous artists, scholars, and practitioners Lincoln has participated in several museum and material culture research projects in Alaska, Nunavut, Sápmi, and the Russian Far East.  

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About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Amber Lincoln was a curator in the Americas section at the British Museum for almost six years. She was also the lead curator for the Citi Exhibition Arctic: culture and climate for the British Museum. In collaboration with Indigenous artists, scholars, and practitioners Lincoln has participated in several museum and material culture research projects in Alaska, Nunavut, Sápmi, and the Russian Far East.  

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