All over the world, cities are expanding, growing in importance, as centres of social and economic development and education. Henri Lefebvre was the first to present the concept of The Right to the City (1968), as a collective reclamation of the urban space by marginalized groups living in the border districts of the city. David Harvey took these ideas forward, stating that “The Right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization.”
At the same time, it is in them that many problems of the present day - ecological, economic and social - accumulate. All this is the basis for the development of city museums, although it also poses new challenges for them.
Museums as institutions with a great capital of social trust can play a significant role in the observed transformations. Urban museums, rooted in local communities and therefore more accountable to society, play a special role here. However, this situation raises many questions: how can museums better perform its social functions? Where are the boundaries of such actions and how should they not be crossed? How should controversial issues be dealt with?
These and other questions will be posed to the participants of the CAMOC 2020 conference in Krakow organized by CAMOC, the City of Krakow and the Museum of Krakow, to which we cordially invite you today!
Mayor of the City of Kraków prof. Jacek Majchrowski,
President of CAMOC – Juana Sousa Monteiro
Director of the Kraków Museum – Michał Niezabitowski