Between May 2016 and March 2017, the Federal Cultural Foundation staged the second mobile academy “Fellow me!” as part of the International Museum Fellowship Programme. Nineteen young international curators and guest researchers are currently participating in the programme, which allows them to work at museums at Germany for 18 months and develop new exhibition and presentation formats. Based on the motto Designing Ethics, the academy supported the fellows and worked to initiate an in-depth discussion on new presentation forms and processes of change in museums.
The thematic spectrum of this academy series corresponded to the eight “Codes of Ethics for Museums” put forth by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). This ethical code is valid worldwide and serves as the basis for the activities of museums and museum professionals. How are these codes being implemented? Are they put into practice on a daily basis? Where do they fall short with regard to the post-colonial state of museum activities?
The mobile academy was primarily targeted at the fellows and their mentors. External experts and professionals were invited to participate at selected events.
The academy programme, in which various cooperation partners and international guest speakers were involved, comprised workshops, excursions, seminars, symposiums and other events. The first mobile academy took place between May 2013 and October 2014.
19–21 May 2016, Halle an der Saale and Leipzig
Designing Ethics – On What is Right, Wrong and In Between
11–13 August 2016, Bremen and Bremerhaven
Shifted Objects – Post-colonial Practices at Museums
19–22 October 2016, Chemnitz, Dresden, Freiberg and Bautzen
Nature Meets Nurture – Is Natural History the New Cultural History?
19–21 January 2017, Frankfurt am Main
The Sensitive Museum – From the Surface to Under the Skin
23–25 March 2017, Berlin
Bridging Human Clashes – Global Problems, Local Solutions