This page presents current invitations and calls for papers to conferences, seminars and workshops on museums, heritage and the uses of history.
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Call for papers:
the INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CREATIVE DESIGN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS IN CULTURAL HERITAGE (CDCH 2012). The workshop is organized within the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing by the Universities of Milan and Trento and under the auspices of ICOM Italy. Deadline Jun 20th 2012.
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Call for papers: INTERCOM 2012 #museumchallenges
25-29 November 2012
Call for applications: 6th Young Cultural Policy Researchers' Forum (YCPR Forum)
Aimed at providing young/early career cultural policy researchers with the opportunity to meet fellow researchers, share their experiences and analyse topical research issues regarding content and methodology, the YCPR Forum will bring together in London 11-12 September 2012 researchers, students, academics and cultural policy experts in the cultural field drawn from a wide range of countries in Europe and beyond. Organised by The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and ENCATC, the leading European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education. Click here to read more.
Call for papers: 2nd International Conference of Photography and Theory Photography and Museums: Displayed and Displaying
30 November - 2 December 2012
THALASSA MUNICIPAL MUSEUM, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
To propose a paper please send a 400-‐word (excluding references) abstract no later than 15 April 2012 to email@example.com. Click here to read more.
Call for papers: Migration, Memory, and Place
6-7 December Copenhagen, Denmark. Applicants should send an abstract of 200-300 words clearly outlining the focus of the paper, alongside a short biography.
Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2012. Click here to read more.
Call for Papers: Politics of Memory
The 3rd International Conference on Re-Thinking Humanities and Social Sciences is to be held at the University of Zadar, Croatia, from September 6 – 9, 2012. Proposals are invited from scholars from different fields and disciplines of humanities and social sciences for individual papers (30 minutes including discussion time).
Please send proposals (no more than 300 words in length) to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st 2012. Click here to read more.
Call for papers: The Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association.
July 5th – 7th 2012 at Manchester Metropolitan University. The theme of the conference is Globalizing Cultures and Identities: Sport, Lifestyle, Heritage. Scholars, postgraduates and other interested lay-persons are invited to submit abstracts by March 31st 2012 at the latest. Click here to read more.
Call for Papers: New journal MIDAS – Museum Interdisciplinary Studies
MIDAS – Museum Interdisciplinary Studies invites everyone who works in museums or their work is about the museum world to contribute to MIDAS’s first issue. MIDAS is a new interdisciplinary and reflexive journal dedicated to the study of museums, with peer-review, published twice a year and is fully open access. MIDAS has an international scope, and is particularly committed to enhance and promote dialogue between professionals and researchers from Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries. Click here to read more
Call for papers: ‘Placing’ Europe in the Museum:
people(s), places, identities
International Conference as part of the project MeLA – European Museums in an Age of Migrations. Organised by the International Centre for Cultural & Heritage Studies,
Newcastle University 3-4 September 2012. Deadline 30th March 2012. Click here to read more.
Call for papers: Towards a Common Past? Conflicting Memories in Contemporary Europe
An interdisciplinary conference in memory studies organized by Nordic Network in Memory Studies at Lund university 14-16 May 2012. Click here to read more.
Call for papers and sessions: Cultures of Curating: Curatorial Practices and the Production of Meaning c. 1650-2000
The 2012 conference of the Museums and Galleries History Group
The University of Lincoln, UK
12-13 July 2012
Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Sam Alberti, Director, Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. Read more on the conference theme here
Call for papers:
Association of Critical Heritage Studies
Inaugural Conference, Gothenburg,
5-8 June 2012
The theme of the conference is ‘The Re/theorisation of Heritage Studies’. This conference will develop current theoretical debates to make sense of the nature and meaning of heritage. As such, we invite submissions from people working within the ‘broad church’ of the current flowering of contemporary heritage studies.
Submissions are encouraged for sessions, workshops, panel discussions and performances, as well as individual papers (20 minute duration).
The deadline for abstracts on sessions, workshops and panel discussions is 30 November 2011.
The deadline for individual papers or performances is 31 January 2012.
More information here
Call for papers: Ecomuseums 2010
19-21 September 2012
1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities aims at gathering scholars, academics and practitioners working in the areas of Ecomuseums and Community Museums. Ecomuseums 2012 seeks to bring together scholars, researchers, architects and heritage professionals to discuss the commonalities, differences and future of safeguarding practices that are holistic and community oriented in scope.
Call for papers: The transformative museum: participation between place and space
23-25 May 2012
DREAM (Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) is very pleased to release the Call for Papers for its international conference The transformative museum: participation between place and space, to be held in
The call for abstracts for research papers is now open. Check the submission guidelines on the conference website and submit before 6 January 2012.
Call for papers: Workshop (110): Certain Museums of Uncertain Pasts
10-13 July 2012
Hosted by the European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference 2012
Deadline: 28 November 2011 Read more here
Call for papers: Museum Utopias - Navigating the Imaginary, Ideal and Possible Museum
27-28 March 2012
The School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Read more here on this two-day interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium.
Call for papers: National museums and the negotiation of difficult pasts
26-27 January 2012
Université Libre de Bruxelles
This conference aims to take a transnational and comparative perspective on the conflicts that national museums have dealt with as holders of contested objects and as places where disputed or difficult pasts are displayed.
Organised by Eunamus and Pr. Dominique Poulot, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Please send proposals of no more than 500 words, for 20 minute presentations to email@example.com or felicity.bodenstein@univ-Paris1.fr by 14 November.
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Call for papers: Great historical narratives in Europe’s national museums
25-26 November 2011
Paris, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (to be confirmed)
Conference organised by Pr. Dominique Poulot, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in collaboration with Eunamus – European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen.
Read more here
Call for papers: “Culture Forecast”
International Conference on the Future of Culture and
Education of Cultural Management
ENCATC 19th Annual Conference
Helsinki, Finland / 12-14 October 2011
DEADLINE FOR PAPERS: Academics and / or researchers willing to present a paper during the conference’s paper session, must submit their abstract by 22 June 2011. All abstracts must be sent to Elizabeth Darley, ENCATC Research Policy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this year’s paper session, please visit ENCATC’s website: www.encatc.org
Call for papers: Diverse Spaces: Examining identity, community and citizenship within Canadian public culture
Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Trent University, 20-21 April 2012
Deadline for paper and panel proposals August 31, 2011 to email@example.com.
Great Historical Narratives in European Museums (1750-2010): Building Nations, Looking across Borders and Remembering the Past
Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 29 June – 1st July 2011
Call for papers:International Conference on “Participative strategies”
Berlin/Germany, Dahlem Museums (National Museums in Berlin, 31 October - 3 November, 2011
The International Committee on Collecting (COMCOL) is the newest ICOM international committee. It has the pleasure inviting you to participate in its first international conference. The conference will be dedicated to “participative strategies”. It will be held in Berlin , 31 st Oct.-3 rd Nov. 2011. The first two days of the conference will be organized jointly with the international committee on city museums (CAMOC) and the ICOM regional committee for Europe . The last two days each committee will organize its own programme with an excursion.
Call for papers: Participative Strategies in Documenting the Changing Urban World
Berlin, Germany, 31 Oct.-3 November, 2011
The ICOM International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC) has the pleasure of invite to the International Conference on Participative Strategies in Documenting the Changing Urban World. 2011. The first two days of the conference will be organized jointly with the International Committee on Collecting (COMCOL) and the ICOM Regional Committee for Europe.
Further information will be available on the CAMOC website shortly (http://camoc.icom.museum/index2.php).
Call for papers: Bringing Migration and History into the Equation: Re-Imagining Nationhood and Belonging
Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany, 5-7 October 2011
This conference will address this intersection of migration, identity formation and belonging from comparative and historical perspectives. The emphasis will be on the intersection of history, politics and commemorative practices/strategies. Case studies as well as theoretical
contributions are welcome.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2011
Call for papers: The Practice of Memory: Time, Place, Performance
Aarhus University, Denmark, 8-9 December 2011
The study of (social or cultural) memory often take the form of analyses of more or less "finished" expressions and works of art, architecture, literature etc. and on the creativity or intentionality imbued in them. As important as such expressions are, in this seminar we seek to shift the focus from the works of art itself, or from their representation, to the processes, practices and performances that surround, shape and derive from them. Focusing less on the finished piece and more on the acts and assemblages of meaning and potential connected to them – whether in the form of unintended uses of sites, heritage tourism, art reception, ritual performance or something else – we want to highlight not only the social dimensions of "memory" but also the circumstances and processes under which the site or expression itself is invariably produced; the work-in-progress of memorisation, so to speak.
Keynote speakers: Professor Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam) and Professor Kevin Hetherington (Open University, UK).
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted no later than October 1, 2011.
The Museum 2011. Building Identity: The Making of National Museums and Identity Politics
Taipei, Taiwan, 16-18 November 2011
The conference seeks to observe how national museums construct history and sculpt national identity through the shaping of buildings, exhibitions, education programmes and other aspects of their practice. For example, how are architecture and design utilized to represent concepts of national identity? How does the experience of the physical museum work to stimulate memory and link past to present and future? How are national museums being remade at the present time in a range of contexts?
Call for papers: The Dialogic Museum and the Visitor Experience. ICOFOM
Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 23-26 October 2011
During the nineteenth century, the role of the museum in relation to the visitor was reconceptualised and it was in this period that the museum emerged as an institution that, in addition to scholarship, collection and exhibition, worked on the formation of a national citizenry. Under the impact of vast social change, dialogism has appeared a most useful approach for museums as they have sought to reinvent themselves in a world where cultural authority is regarded with suspicion. In the rush to modernise museums, dialogism has sometimes been understood as relating to the promotion of one-to-one dialogue, as if between two speakers, with the museum being in conversation with visitors. This is clearly a very limited understanding of dialogism.
Abstract submission deadline: 8 June 2011
Call for papers: Challenging History: understanding aims, audiences and outcomes in work with difficult and sensitive heritages
City University London, 23-25 February 2012.
Since 2009, the Challenging History group has been working with heritage professionals, practitioners and academics in order to explore and interrogate issues raised in work with difficult, contested and sensitive heritages in a range of museum contexts, within and beyond the UK. In 2012, we wish to bring together those working in disparate and diverse locations and disciplines to help explore the practicalities, limitations and ethical implications of work in this knotty area of heritage interpretation. The programme will foster collaboration and shared understanding between academia and the heritage sector, and offer opportunities for networking, demonstrating approaches and practice, and presenting empirical research.
You are invited to submit paper proposals on a wide range of thematics. Read more
Knowledge / Culture / Social Change
Centre for Cultural Research University of Western Sydney, 7-9 November 2011
This conference will bring together theorists and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to debate these questions in relation to the following themes: Shifting knowledge maps, Knowledge and globalisation, A (Post)humanities?, Digital knowledge practices, Knowledge and governance.
The Open and Learning Museum
Tampere, Finland, 12 October, 2011
This conference is organsied by LEM - The Learning Museum Network Project.
Places, people, stories
Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden 28-30 September 2011
This conference investigates the relations between people and places, focusing on the role of stories in constructing meaning and affecting human emotions. Both rural and urban landscapes contain numerous locations that become meaningful places through their association with stories. These stories may be told orally by narrators or by material design; they may be permanent or temporary. The stories may be linked, for example, to the vegetation, the geology, the wild life, the cultural heritage, the mundane built environment, or metaphysical creatures. Whether such stories are historically accurate, purposefully invented or created entirely in residents’ or visitors’ minds is however less important than their potential to touch human beings.
Between History and Politics: The Second World War in Museums in Western and Eastern Europe
Historisches Kolleg / Collegium Carolinum, München 29 June – 1 July, 2011
This international conference, held in German and English, focuses on strategies of representations of World War II and aims for a comparative perspective. The intention is to go beyond the analysis of different national cultures of remembrance and examine their trans-national entanglements.
Historians and scholars from related fields such as cultural studies are invited to send a 500 word abstract and a brief CV (5 publications max.). Deadline April 1, 2011
Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory and Practice
Scandic Linköping Vast, Linköping, Sweden 17 – 21 July, 2011
This international European Science Foundation funded conference seeks to provide a platform for exchange, reflecting on the new EU-wide interest in museums as spaces of cultural encounter that occupy a unique position at the junction between 'the local', 'the national' and 'the global'.
Chair: Sharon MacDonald, University of Manchester, UK
This conference invites early career practitioners in museum studies, anthropology, art history, sociology, architecture, design, archaeology, and all related fields, as well as junior practitioners in museums, galleries, and archives, to submit papers or poster papers.
Historical Knowledge, Memory and
Shared Past – Conflicting Histories Politics in the Baltic Sea Region
University of Turku, Finland 28-29 September, 2011
The Turku Historical Association and the Controlling History network welcome proposals from researchers and doctorial students working within the fields of history, humanities, political and social sciences.
The deadline for panel proposals (600 words) and individual presentations (300 words) is 3 April 2011.To learn more about the conference, please see its blog.
The History of Migration in Museums: between History and Politics
Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 17-19 November 2011
HOT SCIENCE, GLOBAL CITIZENS: the agency of the museum and science centre sector in climate change interventions
Sydney, Australia, 5-6 May 2011
Climate change is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon that is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. This symposium presents the research findings of the Australian Research Council international Linkage project, Hot Science, Global Citizens: the agency of the museum sector in climate change interventions along with other leading research to develop new knowledge about what constitutes effective action around climate change, the critical roles that institutions can play and visions for the future of museums and science centres. The second day will feature an ‘unconference’ session to tease out innovative programming ideas and engage.