Sixteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

September 18 - 20, 2023

UBC Robson Square
Vancouver, Canada


Welcome to the micro-site for the Sixteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. 


Founded in 2008, The Inclusive Museum Research Network is brought together by a shared concern for the future role of the museum and how it can become more inclusive. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Sixteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: 

  • 2023 Special Focus—Museum Transformations: Pathways to Community Engagement
  • Theme 1: Visitors
  • Theme 2: Collections
  • Theme 3: Representations

    We are interested in the following lines of investigation: 

    • No longer the universal individual citizen of our recent modern aspirations, visitors of today are recognizably diverse.
    • What is the role today of the reader, the viewer, the audience, the citizen, the customer, the patron?
    • The emerging communications environment—in which image, sound, and word are all made of the same digital stuff—affords new openings for museums and new challenges.

    Inclusive Museum Research Network also supports a book imprint and a collection of journals.