25-26 April 2024


Hosts: Sainsbury Centre – Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas – University of East Anglia (UEA)


Museums have never been just reflections of the people and societies materialised within them but also institutional drivers of cultural action, political perspective and social change. In 2023 the Sainsbury Centre relaunched with a new concept, Living Art Sharing Stories, which rethinks what the museum can be today. The Centre understands its collections as living entities that can help us address fundamental societal challenges. The exhibition programme therefore explores Big Questions related to climate change, truth, war and other global issues.

The 2024 meeting of MEG in the Sainsbury Centre at UEA (Thurs-Fri, 25-26 April) marks 50 years of MEG meetings, and aims to highlight the important role museums can play in addressing challenges in collegial and collaborative ways. Museums holding ‘ethnographic’ or ‘World Cultures’ collections find themselves at the forefront of new debates and controversies, but also new opportunities.

Conference registration is now open! Register here

Fees – includes registration, lunch, coffee/tea and drinks reception on Thursday evening (25 April):

MEG Member concessionary ticket £40

MEG Member standard ticket £60

MEG Institutional Member Standard ticket £60

Non-MEG Member Concessionary ticket £70

Non-MEG Member Standard ticket £80

Conference Dinner £35 on Thursday evening 25 April

View the Programme of Events here.

Read the Abstract here.

Image: Detail of a free-standing figure; Māori, Aotearoa New Zealand; 18th-early 19th century; wood, Haliotis iris shell; Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, UEA 178.