10th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

Friday, 15 September, 2017 to Sunday, 17 September, 2017
Deadline: 
Wednesday, 15 February, 2017
Place: 
Manchester

The 10th International Conference on The Inclusive Museum will be hosted by the Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester and held in Manchester, UK, on 15-17 September 2017. With a special focus on “Diaspora, Integration and Museums”, a call for papers is now open, deadline 15 February 2017.

Theme 1: Visitors
On the relation of museum to its communities of users.
• Visitor diversity in the inclusive museum
• Defining museum stakeholders and measuring participation
• The politics of heritage: national, regional, ethnic, diasporic and first nation identities
• Multilingualism: accessibility for small languages and cultures
• Gender and sexual orientation in the museum
• Disability access in the museum
• Competing cultures: high, folk, popular, techno-scientific
• Public trust: re-establishing the bases of ‘authority’
• Defining the ‘education’ and ‘communications’ roles of museums
• Pedagogy as presentation or dialogue: how the museum relates to its visitors
• The ubiquitous museum: towards the anywhere anytime learning resource
• Competing pleasures: museums against or with ‘entertainment’ and ‘edutainment’
• Cross connections: with schools, with universities
• Sponsorship and philanthropy: logics and logistics
• The economics of admissions
• Memberships: changing roles and demographics
• Voluntarism and professionalism: calibrating the mix
• Government stakeholders (local, state, national, transnational): museums in politics and navigating government funding and policies

Theme 2: Collections
On the practices and processes of collecting and curating.
• The changing work of the curator
• Exhibition didactics: the dynamics of visitor learning
• The idea of ‘heritage’: changing conceptions of what counts
• Authenticity, decontextualization and recontextualization of objects-on-show
• Custodianship and community assets: meanings and purposes for the museum
• Representing social and cultural intangible heritage
• The ‘ethnographic’ and the ‘anthropological’: framing first peoples and other ‘traditions’
• Technologies in the museum
• Arts in the museum
• Environment in the museum
• The process of acquisition: competing demands and limited resources
• Conservation, preservation: negotiating changing priorities
• Artifacts: what are the objects of the museum?
• Places for amateurism: barefoot repositories and the self-made museum

Theme 3: Representations
On museums as repositories and communicators of culture and knowledge.
• Museums as knowledge makers
• Museums as cultural creators
• Architectonics: designing buildings and information architectures
• Research and investigation in the museum
• Measuring knowledge ‘outputs’
• Intellectual property: commons versus commercialism?
• Knowledge management paradigms and practices
• ‘Neutrality’, ‘balance’ and ‘objectivity’; or ‘narrative’ and ‘politics’? The knowledge rhetorics of the museum
• Knowledge frames: modern and postmodern museums
• Cross connections: with libraries, with galleries, with educational institutions, with arts centers
• The digitization of everything: from collection objects to media representations
• The virtual museum
• Online discoverability and public access
• Museums in and for the knowledge society: preserving heritage ‘born digital’
• New literacies: changing the balance of creative agency in the era of the Internet and new media
• Addressing the digital divide
• Digital disability access
• Cataloguing, metadata, discovery and access
• Internet standards, semantic publishing and the semantic web

For additional information about the Inclusive Museum Conference 2017, please visit: http://onmuseums.com/2017-conference.
For details about the call for papers, please visit: http://onmuseums.com/2017-conference/call-for-papers