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December 31, 2021

ICOFOM in 2021 About ICOFOM

This year has been fruitful, and we are happy to share it with you.


ICOFOM Annual Symposium

This year’s symposium was entitled “The Decolonization of Museology: Museums, Mixing, and the Myths of Origins”. The event, previously scheduled to be held physically in Montreal from 28 September to 2 October 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We held it online from 15 to 18 March 2021.

All the videos are accessible over Facebook by following this link. The program can be accessed over the symposium’s official website:



ICOFOM Study Series

ICOFOM Study Series is available through the portal OpenEdition Freemium Journals (formerly, coordinated by CNRS): see The first issue of the ICOFOM Study Series, volume 49, comprises articles from the last year’s symposium. The second issue has the selected papers from this year’s annual symposium.

  1. Brulon Soares, B. (ed.) (2021). “Museology in tribal contexts”, ICOFOM Study Series, 49(1), 158 p. ISBN: 978-92-9012-446-7.
  2. Brulon Soares, B. (ed.) (2021). “Decolonizing Museology: Museums, Mixed Media and Myths of Origin”, ICOFOM Study Series, 49(2). [in press].



Since 2018 ICOFOM, has been developing a monographic series, with a specific design. Each publication is available online, and many of the first monographs were printed (75 to 100 ex.). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to distribute them in digital form with the exception of the monograph in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä thanks to their support with the publishing expenses.

  1. Maranda, L. (2021). On Museology: reflections from the field. Paris: ICOFOM. IBSN: 978-2-491997-35-9.
  2. Robbins, N., Thomas, S., Tuominen, M.,& Wessman A. (ed.) (2021). Museum Studies – Bridging Theory and Practice. ICOFOM and University of Jyväskylä, Open Science Centre. ISBN : 978-2-491997-31-1. (digital and in print).

Materials for ICOFOM annual symposium:

Bergeron, Y., & Rivet, M. (Eds.). (2021). The Decolonisation of Museology: Museums, Mixing, and Myths of Origin / La Décolonisation de la Muséologie : Musées, Métissages et Mythes d’Origine / La Descolonización de la Museología: Museos, Mestizajes y Mitos de Origen. Series: Decolonising Museology, Volume 2. ICOFOM. 245 p.

ICOFOM LAC publications (2021):

  1. Vázquez Olvera, C. (comp.); Escudero, S., Menezes de Carvalho, L., Nazor, O. (Eds.). (2021). Latin American Museological Theory: Fundamental Papers. Felipe Lacouture Fornelli. Volume 4. ICOFOM LAC. ISBN: 978-2-491997-29-8.
  2. Decarolis, N. (comp.); Escudero, S., Menezes de Carvalho, L., Nazor, O. (Eds.). (2021). Latin American Museological Theory: Fundamental Papers. Norma Rusconi. Volume 5. ICOFOM LAC. ISBN: 978-2-491997-30-4.
  3. Carvalho, L. (Ed.) (2021). Actas del XXVI Encuentro de ICOFOM LAM (Hernandarias, Paraguay). ICOFOM LAC. ISBN: 978-2-491997-37-3 (digital).

ICOFOM LAC Abstracts Booklet (2021)

  1. Duarte, M., & Pontet, R. (comp.). (2021). La descolonización de la museología desde América Latina y el Caribe: museos, mestizajes y mitos de origen / A descolonização da Museologia a partir da América Latina e do Caribe: museus, mestiçagens e mitos de origem / Museology decolonization in Latin America and the Caribbean: museums, mixing and the myths of origins. Cuaderno de resúmenes del XXIX Encuentro del ICOFOM LAC. 75 p. ISBN: 978-2-491997-36-6 (digital).


Number of members in 2021: 1792 (individuals) + 125 (institutional)


You can also read about our activities in 2020:

ICOFOM in 2020