Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, PhD, art historian and museum advisor, director of the Gallery of Matica srpska since 2010. She received her PhD in 2016 on the topic of Gallery of Matica srpska - a picture of cultural identity through the presentation of works of art. In the field of research, she studies the national art and visual culture of the 20th century, issues about protection and promotion of cultural heritage and the development of innovative museological approaches. Find out more

Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, PhD

The role and mission of museums in contemporary society

The position of the museum as a traditional, slow and very often conservative institution is, in modern society inclined to quick and unpredictable changes, very complex and challenging. Museum professionals must listen to the needs of the audience, following their interests and they also have to recognize/forsee all the questions that life in the modern age brings to an individual, family, profession, city, state and civilization. Therefore, a museum expert must be well-informed, broadly educated, proactive, extremely creative and a bit of a magician in order to overcome any challanges that may be encountered along that way. On these grounds, a new museum profession has emerged and is increasingly being encountered in museum studies - the Museum Thinker. The need to think and find innovative approaches in museums and about museums that will contribute to the relevance of museums in the present moment led to the growing number of experts of different educational profiles who deal with the role, the mission and therefore with the position of the museum in the time we live. How can a contemporary museum with its program activities affect people who work in it, its visitors, the media, the local community, the museum community or a public opinion? These are all questions that we will be answered by giving examples from the activities of the Gallery of Matica srpska and similar close institutions in the region with which it actively cooperates.

Darijo Jurišić was appointed as Deputy Ombudsman for Persons with Disabilities in December 2016. He is a lawyer and a university specialist in local and regional government. Over the years he was working in various state bodies and ministries, also he gained significant experience in the areas of realization and protection of human rights. For the last eight years, he has been actively working on topics that are important for children with disabilities and people with disabilities. He is a member of various professional and working groups and a participant of numerous domestic and international events that deal with topics important for people with disabilities.

Darijo Jurišić

Legislation related to equal opportunities for persons with disabilities

In the Republic of Croatia, the protection of rights and policies towards people with disabilities takes place within a network of legislation, strategies and within various systems through which people with disabilities are ensured equal opportunities and realization of rights (eg social care, health care, vocational rehabilitation, etc.). As in most European countries within the state administration system, the ministry responsible for social policy is responsible for developing policies, measures and programs aimed at preventing social exclusion of people with disabilities, promoting their rights, raising their quality of life and developing non-institutional forms of care in accordance with modern international standards. While observing the position of people with disabilities in international law, the process of expanding existing and introducing some new human rights can be recognized with the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as the most important document on the rights of people with disabilities. Although the Convention did not prescribe some new rights for people with disabilities, some of them, such as the principle of reasonable adjustment and the principle of universal design, took legal form for the first time. The international homogeneity achieved during the adoption and entry into force of the Convention indicates that disability and the rights deriving from disability have become an important political issue. The reason for this is the large number of people with disabilities in the general population, as well as the large number of people living in contact with disabilities, the absence of worldview disputes, but also continuous joint action and efforts of active advocacy by the movement of people with disabilities.


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