+Digital Future: Competences for the Cultural Sector

April 18, 2018, 12:00 am
April 18, 2018
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Porto | Portugal
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Porto | Portugal

This event is organised by the Department of Heritage Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, within the framework of the Project Mu.SA_Museum Sector Alliance (Erasmus+ KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Sector Skills Alliances) and in the sense to signal and celebrate the motto of the European Year of Cultural Heritage Our heritage: where the past meets the future, and of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, Heritage for Generations.

Digital transformation is in the order of the day since some years, although the different sectors of the Society embrace it at different times and with different perspectives. Tendentially, the cultural sector doesn’t lead the race (almost always of obstacles).

Facing such serious times of change, museums and other cultural institutions, discuss and reflect, in a deeply and interdisciplinary way, about how to dynamically adapt and evolve, considering their role in resilience, development, sustainability and quality of life of the twenty-first century Society. But with which competences can/should they do it?

Assessing and defining key competences is a cha(lle)nging process but Europe has been doing its efforts with successful results, as reviewing the key competences identified for lifelong learning[1] and assuming the need to “re-think of the different skills we equip our citizens with; from independent thinking to human-centred skills, such as social and artistic competences, or cultural expression. (…) not (..) limited to younger generations as European citizens of all ages are already facing these challenges and hence the proposed revision of key competences for lifelong learning will demand a holistic approach, across formal, non-formal and informal settings.”

Although not ignoring the various competences, this International Meeting addresses the digital and transferable skills that have been identified as non-existent or insufficiently developed in the cultural sector, which are the focus of the Project Mu.SA, aiming to raise and enhance awareness for its potential and crucial role in cultural heritage and in inclusive museums.

Assuming an interdisciplinary character, we are sure that it will strengthen the cooperation bonds between professional, scientific and educational communities and provide a platform for sharing experiences and knowledge. The official language will be English and the focus will be on the following topics:

  • Digital challenges and strategies;

  • Role profiles and competences;

  • Education and training of professionals.

More information about the conference is available here.

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