Museums in Arabia conference, 13-16 June 2014, Doha, Qatar
Programme and chair & speaker biographies:      العربية    English

DAY 1:      Friday 13 June 

6:30 - 7.30PM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Making Sense of Things in Museums and Beyond 
                                Christina Kreps,
                                Associate Professor, Director of Museum Studies and Director DU Museum of Anthropology, University of Denver 

Day 2:       Saturday 14th June

9.00 - 10.15am SESSION ONE: Public / Private Museums in the GCC 
                                Chair: Mark Beech, TCA Abu Dhabi 

Dictating History, Narrating Legacy: Personal Museums and Power in Yemen 

Stephen Steinbeiser, Country Director, American Institute for Yemeni Studies

The Notion of the Non-Collecting Museum in the Gulf States
Pamela Erskine-Loftus, Museum Director, NU-Q
Paper-Prezi HERE

Kuwait's Museums: For Locals Only? 
Marjorie Kelly, Visiting Researcher, UCL Qatar

10.15 - 11.15am SESSION TWO: Beyond the Museum 
                         Chair: Trinidad Rico, Lecturer in Heritage Studies, UCL Qatar 
Museums and Intangible Cultural Heritage
Neil van der Linden, Co-Founder and Editor, The Gulf Art Guide
Paper HERE

Africans in the History and Legacy of Pearl Diving in the United Arab Emirates

John Willis, Assistant Professor of African History, Department of History, Carleton College

Displaying Tribalism: From Static Representation to the Living Museum

Laila Prager, Junior Professor, Institute of Ethnology, University of Hamburg

11.45am-12.45pm  KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Five Years of MIA: the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
                                 Daniel Brown, 
                                 Deputy Director, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

 1.45 - 2.45pm SESSION THREE: Community Engagement  
                                Chair: Nahil Al Askari, Senior Museum Specialist, Children’s Museum 

Al Zubarah Archaeological Site and the Qatar Islamic Archaeology and Heritage Project: Outreach and Presentation Strategies in an Open-Air Museum

Sandra Rosendahl and Moritz Kinzel, Copenhagen University
PowerPoint including Paper HERE
Khasab Castle: A Museum for the Material Culture of the Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman
Saif Khamiss Al Rawahi, Head of Heritage Collection Department, Directorate Historical Sites Development, Ministry of Tourism, Oman

The Al-Khamis Mosque Museum and its Role in Bahraini Cultural Policy
Timothy Insoll, Professor of Archaeology, University of Manchester (UK) and Rachel MacLean, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Manchester (UK)

 2.45 - 3.45pm SESSION FOUR: Museum Architecture and Place Making 
                         Chair: Alkindi Al-Jawabra, UCL Qatar 
Qatar's Embrace of Globalization: The Role of Architecture in the Museum of Islamic Art
Alkindi Aljawabra
Museums and Cultural Policy in the GCC
Martyn Best, CEO, Cultural Innovations

From the Inside Out: The Role of Context in the Museum and Exhibit Design in Bahrain
Marwan Nasri Basmaji, Architect, Basmaji & Bielinska Architects

Day 3:     Sunday 15th June

9.00 – 10.00am
SESSION FIVE: Museums and the Public 
                                Chair: Karen Exell, Lecturer, UCL Qatar
Why NOT go to the Museum Today? Public Awareness and Attitudes towards Museums in Saudi Arabia 
Sebastian Maisal, Associate Professor for Arabic and Middle East Studies, Grand Valley State University, USA

Conceptualizing the Islamic Civilization Gallery at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
Manal Al Ghanam and Idries Trevathan, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Opening to the Public of Arabia: The MIA Conservation Department Experience
Aristoteles Sakellariou, Head of Conservation, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

10.00 - 11.00am SESSION SIX: Engaging with Art Museums 
                                Chair: Lesley Gray, UCL Qatar

Shifting Models: Education and Residency Programmes in the Contemporary Museums 
Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, Researcher, University of Barcelona, Spain

A New Global Art History: The Impact of Art Institutions and Contemporary Art in Arabia and the Extended MENASA Region 
Atteqa Ali, Assistant Professor, Zayed University, UAE
Paper HERE     PowerPoint HERE

Encountering Contemporary Art in Qatar

Grace Murray, Education Specialist, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

 11.30am - 12.30pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS: New Museum Development Policies in Arabia and the Gulf
                                        Mounir Bouchenaki,
                                        Director General of the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage, Bahrain
                                        PowerPoint HERE

 1.30 - 2.30pm SESSION SEVEN: Education  
                                        Chair: Jelena Trkulja, Director of Education, Qatar Museums 

Training Teachers how to utilise Museums More Effectively in Qatar 
Elizabeth Roberts, Independent Researcher, and Nora El Sheikh, Learning Senior Coordinator, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Growing Our Own: Creating the Next Generation of Museum Professionals
Susan Eileen Day, Education Consultant, Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait

A Groundbreaking Study of Visitor Behaviour in the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
Thalia Kennedy, Deputy Director - Education, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

2.30 - 3.30pm SESSION EIGHT: Globalization and Museums 
                                        Chair: Sarina Wakefield, Open University

Museums as Champions of Public Diplomacy 
Dean Phelus, Senior Director, International Programs, American Alliance of Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Towards a New Universalism for the 21st Century
Sandra Beauchard, Independent Researcher

Socotra's Musealization of the Present and Recycling of the Past
Nathalie Peutz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, NYU Abu Dhabi

Day 4:      Monday 16th June

9.00 - 10.00am ROUNDTABLE:
Emerging Themes and Closing Remarks
                                Chairs: Sarina Wakefield and Karen Exell

10.30 - 12.00pm ROUNDTABLE: UNESCO World Heritage Site museums
                                Chair: UNESCO