Board Members (2022-2025)
- Karen Elizabeth Brown, University of St Andrews, Scotland
- Anna Leshchenko, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany; Chair of Working Group on Communications
- Marion Bertin, Avignon Université, Centre Norbert Elias, France; Co-chair of Working Group on Conferences
- Jamie Allan Brown, University of St Andrews, Scotland; Manager of membership, Co-chair of Working Group on Conferences
- Lynn Maranda, Curator Emerita, Museum of Vancouver, Canada
- Melissa Aguilar Rojas, Museum of Identity and Pride (MIO), Costa Rica; Chair of Working Group on Website
- Supreo Chanda, University of Calcutta, India; Co-chair of Working Group on Ethics
- Scarlet Rocio Galindo Monteagudo, Museo Nacional de la Acuarela Alfredo Guati Rojo, México
- Ernest Kpan, National Institute of Art and Cultural Action (INSAAC) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- Elizabeth Weiser, Ohio State University, USA; Chair of Working Group on Publications
- (Margaret) ZHENG Yi, Fudan University, China
Chairs of subcommittees:
- Janet Tee, Malaysia – Chair of ICOM ICOFOM-ASPAC
- Luciana M. de Carvalho, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) – Chair of ICOFOM LAC
Honorary Board member:
- Bruno Brulon Soares, University of St Andrews, Scotland – Former Chair; Co-chair of Working Group on Ethics
- Olivia Guiragossian, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3, France
- Gabriel Joffray, St Andrews, Scotland; Working groups on communications and website (volunteer, January-May 2023)
Marion Bertin holds a doctorate in anthropology (La Rochelle University) and a degree in art history and museology (École du Louvre). Her research focuses on the history of collections of Oceanian objects and their circulation. Through the prism of circulation, Marion addresses the different meanings and values of these objects in the context of the art market, private collections, and museums worldwide from a diachronic and synchronic perspective. She is also interested in the networks and relationships created around the objects and the emotions they can evoke. Her dissertation mobilized various trans-oceanic examples, including, in particular, the projects carried out around “dispersed Kanak heritage” in New Caledonia: the Inventory of Dispersed Kanak Heritage (IPKD) and the program of temporary returns of “ambassador objects” of Kanak culture in Nouméa. Marion is pursuing research on these projects, through which she is questioning the patrimonialization and decolonization of museum practices as well as the restitution and return of objects to their territory of origin.
Marion was hosted for several months as part of her thesis research at the Museum of New Caledonia, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, and the Department of Culture of the South Province of New Caledonia in Nouméa. Winner of an Immersion grant from the LabEx Création Arts Patrimoines in 2020, she was also a research fellow at the Musée National Picasso-Paris. She worked on the provenance of the collections of African and Oceanian objects collected by the artist and now kept at the museum. Marion is currently a temporary teaching and research assistant (ATER) in museology at the University of Avignon and a researcher at the Norbert Elias Centre (UMR 8562). She previously taught art and anthropology of Oceania at the École du Louvre.
Marion is a member of several collectives and research projects, including the international project Le travail décolonial dans les collections muséales (Europe et Afrique subsaharienne). Local Histories and Global Circulations; in this context, she is co-editor, with Martin Hullebroeck, of a glossary on the study of collections from colonial contexts that will be published in 2023. Marion also helped found the CASOAR association: aiming to promote Oceanic cultures to a broad audience, the association offers online articles (URL: https://casoar.org/) and a podcast (WAVES, URL: https://casoar.org/waves-podcast/). In 2022, CASOAR was the laureate association of the INHALab grant and was hosted in residence at the National Institute of Art History (INHA) in Paris.
Within ICOFOM, Marion initially served as a volunteer, managing communication with committee members via email and supporting the organization of the annual symposia. Elected to the Board of Directors in 2019, she became the principal secretary and continued those two missions. She was also involved in the scientific committee of the international research project Decolonising museology (2019-2022), which involved several partners worldwide and was led by Bruno Brulon Soares, and in the working group on the new definition of the museum formed within ICOFOM. Since November 2022, she has been co-vice-chair of ICOFOM and co-leads with Jamie Brown the working group on organizing conferences.
Bruno Brulon Soares
Bruno Brulon Soares is a museologist and anthropologist from Brazil, and his research interests have focused on community museums, ethnographic museums and the decolonisation of museum theory and practice. His previous works focused on the history of museums and the development of the new museology movement. His edited book “A History of Museology”, published by ICOFOM in 2019, is currently adopted as a core reading in several training programs worldwide. It has recently been translated into Chinese and published by the Zhejiang University Press. He also coordinated the international research project Decolonising museology (2019-2022), involving several global partners. His current book project, entitled The Anticolonial Museum explores the rhetoric of decolonisation in museum theory and its political and material consequences in Europe and Latin America.
Since 2013, Bruno has taught museology and heritage studies at Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), in Brazil, where he founded the Laboratory of Experimental Museology in 2017, working closely with community-based museums and minority groups. He is currently a Museum and Heritage Studies Lecturer in the School of Art History, and co-Director of the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
From 2019 to 2022, he was Chair of the ICOM International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM) and co-Chair of the Standing Committee for the Museum Definition (ICOM Define). In these positions, he undertook a global participatory research project based on consultation and international exchange, seeking to reach a proposal for the new museum definition to be adopted worldwide. On 24 August 2022, the proposed definition was approved with 92,4% of the votes from ICOM representatives, being adopted in its statutes.
As a former ICOFOM chair, Bruno is now part of the new board as an honorary board member supporting the newly elected chair Karen Brown and board members in ICOFOM’s management. Bruno is leading the working group on ethics together with Supreo Chanda and is part of the working group on publications led by Elizabeth Weiser.
We will be gradually adding the presentation texts for our board members as we are going to present them in our news digest.