Partners Bulgaria Foundation participated in the FIHRM annual conference
Partners Bulgaria Foundation participated in the annual conference of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) which took place in Oslo, Norway between 19 and 22 September 2022. Partners Bulgaria experts presented the good practices of Bulgarian local museums which support human rights education of young people and support their initiatives protecting the rights of vulnerable groups. FIHRM Oslo 2022 Scrap book
The conference aimed to critically discuss the relative autonomy and margins of action for Human Rights museums and related organisations, an urgent topic for museums in several countries today. What types of relations exist between museums, governments, and other power holders? How do such dependencies shape the role of museums and their engagement with subjects considered to be sensitive or controversial?
The conference further aimed to map the current situation for museums dealing with human rights worldwide that address social, cultural, and political inclusivity/exclusion from different angles. The conference especially welcomed submissions with best practice examples where the goal is to address and negotiate inclusivity, within the museum space and/or in society in general. What approaches or strategies for inclusion have proven to be especially relevant for human rights museums?
The objective for all FIHRM conferences is to share experiences of participatory practices, developments of competences and methods, and community-based relationship building.
The 2022 FIHRM conference was organized by the Norwegian museum network for democracy and human rights (Demokratinettverket). Host museums were The Nobel Peace Center, The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies, and Eidsvoll 1814, the National Museum for Constitutional History.
In 2010 National Museums Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum coordinated the establishment of a new international museum initiative called the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM).
FIHRM encourages museums which engage with sensitive and controversial human rights themes, such as transatlantic slavery, the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, and the plight of many indigenous peoples, to work together and share new thinking and initiatives in a supportive environment.