12th International CoMuseum Conference | December 7-9, 2022 |  

 Benaki Museum/Pireos 138 & Livestreaming

Athens, November 28, 2022: On December 7-9, 2022, the Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy in Greece, and the British Council will present the 12th International CoMuseum Conference: Culture, Care and Healing. This year’s Conference will take place on December 7 from 12.00 to 19.00 in a hybrid format, with physical presence at the Amphitheatre of the Benaki Museum/Pireos 138, as well as with Live Streaming available for those who cannot be with us in person. Pre-registration is required for both options.

This year’s CoMuseum conference will focus on healing through cultural and creative outlets. It will explore how the cultural and creative sector – museums and cultural organizations – may contribute to the recovery and development of our societies, institutions, and relationships.

On December 7, during the plenary session of the 12th CoMuseum, professionals from international museums and cultural organizations, civil society representatives, educators, culture and health professionals, as well as academics, will examine the above issues through keynotes and panel discussions at the Benaki Museum/Pireos 138 Amphitheater (and virtually through Live Streaming).

On December 8, the CoMuseum will present a series of workshops and masterclasses for museum and cultural professionals. Extra workshops will be offered online only. 

On December 9, the CoMuseum will organise an interdisciplinary event, the CoMuseum-CoLab, for museum and cultural professionals and civil society groups, at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. This event is by invitation-only. 

The working languages for the Conference are English and Greek with simultaneous interpretation, as well as Greek sign language interpretation.

Registration for the conference and the workshops/masterclasses is now open on the Co Museum webpage and will remain open through December 1 for the masterclasses, and through December 7 for the Conference.  

 Registration is required for all events.     

Admission in the 2022 CoMuseum International Conference is free.  

 On December 7, at 19.00 – 21.00, following the conclusion of the Conference, there will be a networking event at the Benaki Museum/Pireos 138. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  1. Mary Adamopoulou, Journalist (GR)
  2. Dr Helen Anyfandi, Psychologist, BSc, Clinical Neuropsychologist, MSc, PhD (GR)
  3. Argyro Barata, Cultural Manager (GR)
  4. Nathalie Bondil, Director of Museum and Exhibitions, Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris (FR)
  5. Sebastian Cichocki, Chief Curator, Modern Art Museum in Warsaw (PL)
  6. Brenda Cowan, Professor Exhibition & Experience Design, Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY (U.S.)
  7. Catherine Devine, Global Director, Business Strategy – Libraries & Museums, Microsoft Tech for Social Impact (U.S.)
  8. Dr Alessia Fassone, Curator, Egyptian Museum of Turin (ΙΤ)
  9. Dr Tom Fleming, Director, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy | Expert on Creative Economy, Cultural and Arts Policy (UK)
  10. Haroula Hadjinicolaou, Art Historian, Project leader “It’s Museum Time”, Educational Department, Benaki Museum (GR)
  11. Dr Sophia Handaka, CoMuseum Host, Curator of World Cultures, Benaki Museum (GR)
  12. Victoria Hume, Director, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (UK)
  13. Prof Fiona Kearney, Director, The Glucksman, University College Cork (IE)
  14. Maria Kokorotskou, Curator of Education, MOMus-Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (GR)
  15. Meryem Korun, TheMuseumsLab (DE)
  16. Angela Lombardi, Director of Outreach and Audience Engagement at North Carolina Museum of Art (U.S.)
  17. Hans Looijen, Director, Museum Van de Geest (NL)
  18. Dr Karen Mak, Research Fellow in Quantitative Social Science, UCL (UK)
  19. Dr Nuala Morse, Lecturer in Museum Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (UK)
  20. Dr Marlen Mouliou, Assistant Professor of Museology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) (GR)
  21. Denise Nikolakou, Integrative Psychotherapist, Head Programmer of Cinematherapy – Drama International Short Film Festival (GR)
  22. Dina Ntziora, Cultural manager – Community Engagement Advisor (GR/UK)
  23. Kathrin Pabst, Head of the Scientific Department, Vest-Agder-museet in Kristiansand, Project Leader Identity on the Line (I-ON) (ΝΟ)
  24. Paraskevi Sakka, Neurologist-Psychiatrist, Alzheimer Athens, National Observatory for Dementia and Alzheimer Disease (GR)
  25. Facil Tesfaye, TheMuseumsLab (DE)
  26. Dimitris Trikas, Journalist, Museologist (GR)
  27. Dr Lida Tsene, Founder, Athens Comics Library (GR)
  28. Nicholas Yatromanolakis, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture (GR)

Partnerships & Support 

The conference is organized in collaboration with the British Embassy in Athens, the Norwegian Embassy in Greece, the Netherlands Institute at Athens, and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Municipality of Athens, the Municipality of Thessaloniki and ICOM Greece. The CoMuseum is supported by our Major Sponsor MICROSOFT Hellas, the Benaki Museum Official Hospitality Sponsor Coco-Mat Hotels and the Benaki Museum Official Air Carrier Sponsor AEGEAN.

For more information contact info@thecomuseum.org.

To register for the conference visit:https://thecomuseum.org