The International Network of Museums for Peace held its 9th International Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10-13 April 2017.
The conference also marked the 25th anniversary of INMP, a global network of peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share the aim to cultivate a global culture of peace.
The conference theme, “Cities as Living Museums for Peace”, highlighted Belfast’s social and political transformation from a divided, troubled city to a one which models peace consciousness through postconflict healing and reconciliation.
The 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace was co-hosted by Visit Belfast and Ulster University. The conference included participation by directors and curators of human rights and peace museums, peace educators, journalists, artists, musicians, architects, policy makers, as well as researchers, scholars, and students of history, museum studies, cultural memory studies, international relations, international ethics, and interdisciplinary subjects.
“Visit Belfast, with funding support from Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, has continually promoted the city as a vibrant conference and business tourism destination.” said Laurie Scott, Director of Business Tourism at Visit Belfast. “Now, ‘Peace, Anthropology & Conflict Resolution’ has been identified as a priority for growth within the conferencing sector in Belfast so we are thrilled that INMP has chosen the city as the venue for this 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace.”