Keynote address

The ICR Board is delighted to announce that Dr Jette Sandahl will participate as a keynote speaker in ICR’s 2017 Conference. Jette Sandahl is an influential museum thinker whose international career has forged new pathways for the museums which she has led. She is currently Chair of the European Museums Forum and of ICOM’s new Standing Committee on Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials, responsible for developing a new definition of museums.

The breadth and depth of Jette Sandahl’s experience gives her an excellent understanding of the new realities for museums in Europe and beyond. She was the founder-director of the Women’s Museum in Denmark, then Director of the World Cultures Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she generated some challenging and thought-provoking exhibitions and changed the museum’s internal culture. Following a period as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the National Museum of Denmark, she initiated some bold exhibition experiments at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa as Director of Expereince. She returned to Denmark to lead the City Museum of Copenhagen, introducing new ideas and beginning the planning process for a purpose-built development on a new site, which promises to be transformational. Jette Sandahl has been a pioneer in creating new paradigms for museums as platforms for empowerment and cultural participation, for democratic dialogue and social justice.

Jette Sandahl has always been politically engaged, highly skilled at analysing cultural policy and its implications and identifying key social, political and cultural issues where museums can play a role for positive social results and make a real contribution, if they are brave enough. We can be sure that Jette Sandahl will share incisive insights on the new political realities facing today’s museums and challenge us to think critically about the relevance of our own work.