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Museological Training Seminars I: Museums of the Mediterranean Region]. Edited by Bekir Onur. Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilisations. Antalya 2003.
Congress, Symposium, Seminar Series: 1
Training in Museological studies is a quite recent concept in Turkey but it is developing and studies and publications on this subject increase from day to day. The crux of the matter is to organise all of these individual enterprises under a single policy, with a regular and well-organised status and to spread it across the country. On the side of the universities, there is such an attempt: the “Museology Department” of the Institute of Social Sciences of Yıldız Technical University has been active since 1989 and that of the Institute of Social Sciences of Ankara University since 1997. Indeed, this is also within the scope of various other institutions. One leading institution is the Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations, in short AKMED, of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. AKMED has initiated an enterprise with the aim of spreading museological training across the country and of institutionalising it everywhere, above all amongst museum curators. Its first product is the First Museological Training Seminar for the Museums of the Mediterranean Region. It can be conjectured that such seminars will also be held in other regions of the country. Thus, it is reasonable to expect that, firstly, of all the museum curators and their professional organisations, then members of other non-governmental organisations, teachers and researchers will become involved in it. Certainly the most effective step will take place when this issue is undertaken by state offices.
The museological training seminar held at Antalya on October 10th – 11th, 2002, brought together curators from all the museums in the region, and members from the Museum Curators Society, the Archaeologists Society, the Anatolian Art Historian Society and the Society of Art History, as well as scholars from the relevant branches of the universities. The aim was to discuss both the developments in museology and the problems of museological training…