Traditions and Change — Sustainable Futures

AIMA's next triennial congress CIMA XVIII takes place in 2017 in Estonia. The purpose of AIMA is to educate the public about the significance of agriculture to human society, to explain the many ways that agriculture has evolved through time, and to facilitate dialogue between museums across the globe about agricultural topics and discoveries. Today, museums face a momentous task of keeping up with changes while keeping alive the invaluable past.  Therefore in 2017, we focus on how traditions and rural heritage can be used to create changes for sustainable futures. 

Agricultural Museums take many forms – they operate as research institutions, as places of civic dialogue; and as repositories of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.  Their collections grew during periods when rapid outmigration from rural and farm settings prompted public memorialisation of rural and farm experiences.

CIMA XVIII calls agricultural and rural life museums and other stakeholders all over the world find answers to the following questions:

  1. How can rural heritage be used to ensure global food safety?
  2. Should modern museums expand missions to incorporate the current social reactions to agricultural controversies (such as GMOs, government regulation, and chemical applications and environmental effects)?
  3. How do modern agricultural museums collect, preserve, and interpret social changes that have influenced/are influencing agriculture and rural life? 
  4. How do your museum's collections, exhibitions and activities introduce historical memory and practices?
  5. How does your museum influence public opinion about agriculture (past, present, and future)?
  6. How has your institution harnessed external partnerships to encourage discovery beyond the traditional, agriculture museum experience?  
  7. What pressures from outside of your museum affect your daily operations or ability to plan in the long term? What strategies do you implement for proactive planning?
  8. How do current issues affect your research, exhibition, and public programming goals?

We hope to find some answers through shared experiences and knowledge at CIMA XVIII.


CIMA XVIII academic committee