Conference: Museums in Arabia, 13-16 June 2014, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

13-16 June 2014, The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Conference organisers: Sarina Wakefield (Open University) & Karen Exell (UCL Qatar)

The second edition of the Museums in Arabia conference will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar) on the 13-16 June 2014, in co-operation with UCL Qatar, The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha and with the support of the Qatar National Research Fund and Qatar Museums Authority.

The conference explores a number of themes addressing questions such as: What challenges do museums in the region face in their development? What is the nature of the heritage collected, curated and displayed in the museums? How are the museum model and the implementation of international museological expertise impacting on local forms of heritage representation? What kind of audience are the museums speaking to, and how do local communities engage with the museums? What is the nature of community vis-à-vis the museum in the region?

This conference will be of interest to academics and students working in the field of museums and cultural heritage in the region and globally, museum and cultural heritage practitioners, anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, and, more broadly, those with an interest in the socio-cultural, economic and political landscape of the region.

Schedule and further information

Information on the schedule, registration (which is free), accommodation and related information will be regularly uploaded to the conference webpage:


Rooms are available at a special conference rate of QAR400 (single) and QAR450 (double) inclusive of internet and breakfast at the Movenpick Hotel located near the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, the conference venue. Please use the link below to book a room using the code GCOUCL1B:

For general enquiries, please email:


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