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6-7 May, Online and hosted by The Box, Plymouth 

This year we would like to take the opportunity offered by the annual conference to create some space for conversations between practitioners, community members and researchers to reflect on and reimagine the future of our ethnographic museums, global collections and networks. This will be followed by conversations hosted by The Box, Plymouth, and the AGM. The Box is a new £46 million cultural destination which opened in 2020 despite the pandemic. The Box was launched by Plymouth City Council as a flagship project for Mayflower 400 commemorations.

We welcome collaborative entries from between 2-3 people, including a short abstract outlining what you would like to cover by March 31st. Please send this to Johanna (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please also indicate whether you would prefer to prerecord your conversation, or hold it live.

Holding these digitally creates opportunities for transnational conversations, which are particularly welcome. Conversations should be practice and action-oriented, offering tangible recommendations that lead towards change. They will help shape our thinking as an organisation in terms of our future role.

Conversations may respond to, but are not limited by, the following:

- How to increase access to collections
- How to build trust
- Reviewing institutional histories
- Repatriation
- Collaborative research and de-centering expertise
- How digital technology can enable new practice
- Effects of and responses to cuts in funding
- Lobbying governmental decision makers
- Developing cultures of care
- The future of MEG

Live conversations will be hosted online on May 6th and pre-recorded conversations will be made available and circulated in the lead up to this date. Conversations hosted by The Box will be reserved for MEG members, and will take place on the 7th.

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