International scientific conference

A culture of diversity: Underrepresented and vulnerable groups in a museum environment

Online, 15. – 17. listopada 2020.

The rapid social and technological changes are significantly affecting and modifying the museum activity. The role and mission of the museum in the contemporary environment implies adaptation to the needs of a wide range of users, but also a return to the cultural impact on society. Through its programs, the Typhlological Museum promotes and supports dialogue, a positive attitude towards diversity - especially towards people with disabilities - and social and emotional well-being as a goal that the whole society should strive for. Through its activities, the museum space becomes a place of multi-sensory experience, learning and socializing, and thus becomes a meeting place for different groups of users.

For this reason, we have decided to organize at the Typhlological Museum an international scientific conference titled A culture of diversity: Underrepresented and vulnerable groups in a museum environment. The topic, articulated in this manner, emphasizes the importance of museums in contemporary society as a place of open dialogue and interaction, a place that connects diverse audiences and draws attention to the problems of persons with disabilities, as well as to discrimination, violence, poverty, xenophobia and other current problems in society.


Legislation related to equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and protection of social rights for vulnerable groups

Underrepresented and vulnerable groups: needs and opportunities

Accessibility of cultural institutions: museum as a space of opportunity

The role and mission of museums in contemporary society

The aims of the conference

Opening of museums according to the needs of underrepresented and vulnerable groups and raising awareness among stakeholders of the community of cultural and heritage institutions about the need to adapt access points to these institutions, as well as to tailor museum content to persons with disabilities and people with different needs. The aim is also to highlight the need to educate professional cultural practitioners on how to approach and work with such persons. The conference would encourage discussion on ways to adapt museum content with a view to improving the inclusion and equality of vulnerable groups in society, as well as discussing the possibility of popularizing cultural content among these groups. In this regard, museums and heritage institutions should become places of meeting, socializing, creating, spreading tolerance, equality and a collaborative atmosphere.

About the participants

These topics are encountered in everyday professional and academic work by employees of museum institutions, directors, curators, museum educators, as well as employees of other professions, such as sociologists, psychologists, educational rehabilitators, social workers, lawyers, political officials and representatives of civic associations. In planning the Conference, we have taken into account the pluridisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of this issue, so we invite experts of all profiles to participate.


Participation modes: oral presentations, poster presentations and participation without presentation

Official languages

Croatian and English

Important dates

Applications and abstracts submission:1 May 2020 1 July 2020
Notice of acceptance of abstracts:15 May 2020  15 July 2020
Registration fee:1 September 2020 6 September 2020
Submission of works in full:31 December 2020

Registration fee

Full registration fee:500 HRK250 HRK
Participants with oral presentations and poster presentations:300 HRK 150 HRK
Students and unemployed:250 HRK 125 HRK
People with disabilities:no registration fee

Remark: 10% discount for each subsequent participant from the same institution

Organization board

  • Nevenka Ćosić, president
  • mr. sc. Željka Bosnar Salihagić
  • Ileana Kurtović

More on the conference

Additional information

The role and mission of the museum in the modern environment implies adaptation to the needs of a wide range of users, but also a reciprocal cultural impact on society.

A culture of diversity conference

Invited speakers


Tiflološki muzej

Augusta Šenoe 34, Zagreb, Croatia

+385 1 4811 101

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