Conference Opportunity: The Return of Culture Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo/Norway

The Return of Culture

Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo/Norway

October 3 – 4 2019

Since 2014, Norsk Folkemuseum/The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and The Cultural Historical Museum of the University of Oslo have cooperated with six consolidated Sami museums in Norway in the BååstedeProject, with the aim of returning large parts of their Sami collection to the Sami museums. Through a series of joint meetings, we have reached an agreement to transfer more than 1600 objects from the care of Norsk Folkemuseum and Cultural Historical Museum UiO to the Sami museums. The conference aims at reviewing the process of negotiations and selections, with an eye to how those experiences can be of use to other indigenous museums around the world who are working to get their cultural heritage back from colonial or distant museums. There will be a series of presentations by museums professionals at both ends of such processes in several countries.

Presentations will be in English, some discussions may be in Norwegian or Swedish. The conference is open to all interested persons. Conference fee NOK 1200 includes conference material plus two lunches. Additional fee for conference dinner (optional) NOK 900.

If interested, please register at the link below before September 12, 2019.


Norsk Folkemuseum, The Cultural Historical Museum of the University of Oslo, The Norwegian Museums Association, The Sami Museums Association and ICOM Norway, organize the conference.