A question of ethics: building careful communities of practice in museum and heritage sectors
This half-day workshop aims to stimulate critical thinking and support developing practice in contemporary professional ethics, with a particular emphasis on collaborative museum and heritage work with clear social objectives. Drawing upon research undertaken in the UK on ethical dimensions of collaborative practice between museum and library sectors and partner agencies working in two priority public policy areas, including public health and wellbeing and prison education reform, the workshop will cover the following key topics:
- A discussion of ethical challenges experienced in socially-responsive cultural work;
- Reflections on the relevance and usefulness of professional body Codes of Ethics;
- Case study work from the UK on ethical practice in the collaborative field;
- Discussion of emerging research findings including emotional labour and care strategies in socially-responsive cultural work;
- Ideas for developing and sustaining supportive networks and careful communities of practice in museum and heritage sectors.
The workshop will include presentations and facilitated group discussions - copies of slides, other workshop materials and all discussion notes will be shared with participants following the event.
Co-hosted by the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies and the ANU Australian Studies Institute.