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Conference Living with War

This museum conference will take place on 2 and 3 November in Amsterdam and The Hague. It will focus on the themes of war, genocide and mass violence.

'Living with War' is about how experiences and memories of war and violence can remain part of people’s lives, and can be transmitted through generations. How can museums, now and in the future, address memories and experiences of war and violence in a meaningful way?

This two-day event is designed to be an inspiring and open exchange of insights and experiences from museums and memory centers in the Netherlands and abroad, which focuses on presenting war, genocide and mass violence in recent and somewhat less recent history. The purpose is to reflect on the present-day interpretation of diverse museum roles. The program aims to contribute to further renewal, broadening and energising of war museums based on exchanging insights from practice and scholarship.

The conference is organised by Stichting Musea en Herinneringscentra 40-45, Veldberaad WO2 and NIOD.


Thursday, November 2, 9:00 - 18:30, Amsterdam, Uilenburgersjoel

  • Memories of violence: war, genocide and slavery and their relevance for today
  • Museums and recent and current wars, mass violence and threats to human rights
  • Closing of the theme year 'Living with war'


Friday, November 3, 09:00 - 18:30, The Hague, Indisch Herinneringscentrum

  • Impact for today. More than a museum
  • International workshops on museums, education, and digital aspects, with an informal and collegial approach and the aim to develop plans for fostering international collaboration

On the conference website, you will find more information on the theme, the structure of the congress, cooperating partners and registration. 

The language of the conference is English.





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