Photo courtesy Hakim Abdul Rahim.

Chair:  Hakim Abdul Rahim, University of Canberra, AUSTRALIA

Co-chair (Programs): Michelle Kuek, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE

Co-chair (IT): Zhao Ke, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, CHINA


The emerging professionals of today are the cultural leaders of tomorrow. It is from this that the UMAC Futures group was conceptualized, answering the need to facilitate networks and create connections with early career professionals but also equipping them with knowledge and skills to face uncertain futures and future-proof the heritage encompassed within University Museums and Collections. 

UMAC Futures will be framed by cross-cultural and interdisciplinary concepts such as Ikigai, a Japanese concept loosely translated to “the reason for being” or “thing that you live for”. Exploring the concept within the group would be beneficial in enhancing and strengthening the profession and create a sense of purposed and resilience. The group will also be informed by the body of work that encompasses Future Heritage which looks at how present practices and our interactions with the materiality around us will affect the uncertain heritage of the future.

So watch this space for more exciting news and developments!


Tasks 2018 – 2019 (Working towards ICOM-UMAC Kyoto 2019)


Tasks during ICOM-UMAC Kyoto 2019

  • UMAC Futures inaugural meeting/event
  • Recommendations to the UMAC General Assembly



António Gouveia (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Blanca Cárdenas (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, Mexico City)
Bruno Melo de Araújo (Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Dorina Xheraj-Subashi (University of Durres, Albania)
Hakim Abdul Rahim (University of Canberra, Australia)
Jenny Vafeiadou (University of Athens, Greece)
Magdalina Ntinou (University of Athens, Greece)
Mariana Santamaría (National University of La Plata, Argentina)
Michelle Kuek Qian-Ru (National University of Singapore)
Shikoh Shiraiwa (University of Central Oklahoma, USA) 
Silvana Arago Telona (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, Mexico City)
Wenjia Qiu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) 
Yu Homma (Keio University, Tokyo, Japan) 
Zhao Ke (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

Main documents:

UMAC Futures Summary Report Kyoto, 5 September 2019.

UMAC Futures founding document, approved by the UMAC Board, 7 September 2018.