Ethical Challenges in Cultural Stewardship Symposium

  • 1.  Ethical Challenges in Cultural Stewardship Symposium

    Posted Feb 11, 2019 04:22 PM

    Ethical Challenges in Cultural Stewardship, April 4-6, 2019

    Registration now open


    The Harry Ransom Center's thirteenth biennial Flair Symposium will take place April 4-6, 2019, in Austin, Texas. The forum will provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary conversations about pressing ethical questions confronting museums, libraries, archives, and communities. In the symposium's keynote, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard will reflect on her correspondence, at age 18, with J.D. Salinger, its consequences, what happened to those letters twenty-five years later, and what we can learn from the story in the age of the Me Too movement.


    Panels include:

    • Where does a collection belong? Who decides?
    • What happens when ethical questions in the present call for researchers and institutions to reexamine approaches to existing collections?
    • How should ethics inform decisions about deaccessioning, repatriation, change in mission, and collection development?
    • How should institutions and communities responsibly collect, curate, conserve, and provide access to records of oppression, hate, and violence?
    • How should institutions and communities confront and rectify exclusionary practices?

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    The symposium is open to the public, and discounts are available for students and educators. Follow the symposium on social channels using #flair2019. The symposium will be webcast live in its entirety on Facebook.


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    Cathy Henderson
    Associate Director
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin TX