UMAC Tokyo Seminar/University Museums as Cultural Commons: Interdisciplinary Research and Education in Museums

A University encompasses diverse cultures. Research and education in various disciplines generate autonomous collections which reflect unique cultural backgrounds of each academic field.


A university museum is a place where these collections meet. Practices in museums — exhibitions, conservation, research, learning and so on — further reveal the cultural backgrounds of collections. Museums also gather and connect the members of communities surrounding the university ― students, faculties, researchers, alumni/ae, visitors, get them together through the discussion on collections.


In this two-day seminar, we will explore the power of university museums which trigger the interchanges of people and knowledge from different cultures, through a keynote panel, paper presentations and poster sessions. We also offer visits to university museums and collections in Tokyo.


Please visit UMAC Tokyo Seminar’s website for further details.

  • Details

  • Date

    9-10 September 2019

  • Venue

    Keio University Mita Campus, North Research Building and East Research Building

  • Audience

    Open to anyone. Require pre-registration.

  • Cost

    Registration fee: 6,000 JPY

  • Enquiries and

    UMAC Tokyo Seminar Office: Homma, Ichikawa
    03-5427-1621 (c/o Keio University Art Center)


Please register via Peatix website by 18 August (JPT).



Organised by: Keio University Art Center and Keio Museum Commons
Supported by: UMAC


Program overview


Monday, 9 September


9.30-11.30 Keynote panel

Yohko Watanabe (Keio University Art Center)

Andrew Simpson (UMAC/Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Australia)

Judy Willcocks (Central Saint Martins, London University of the Arts, UK)


11.30-13.00 Lunch Break


13.00-14.30 Poster Session


14.30-15.30 Panel ‘What we think about Keio Museum Commons’

Members of the Keio Museum Commons Preparation Office


15.30-17.00 Afternoon panel


17.30 Reception



Tuesday, 10 September


10.00-11.30 Morning panel


11.30 Closing/Lunch


13.00 Visits to University Museums in Tokyo (to be announced)


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