Call for Papers

Posted 2017-01-13 14:15:46

Museums play a key role in creating and representing the shared cultural heritage of various communities. What is to be said about the stories museums facilitate? Why is something remembered and something else forgotten? What is highlighted, what hidden? What does restrict museums’ freedom to act and/or do we restrict ourselves? What are the roles of public and local societies for
museums? Are museums prisoners of their own familiar practices and processes?

Six national committees of the International Council of Museums - ICOM Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany - jointly invite contributions to a conference addressing demanding issues for today's museums and museum professionals. The conference will gather a large group of experts from these countries, where commonly shared culture and history reflect the ways we
approach, collect and present cultural heritage.

Papers are particularly invited - but not restricted - to the topics such as
- The role of politics for museums’ freedom and choices,
- Awareness and choices on what to be remembered, forgotten or hidden,
- New challenges for museum professionals while working as societal actors,
- Questions on (de)accession, preservation, and ownership of museum objects.

The conference language is English.

Please submit paper proposals by April 1, 2017 using the EasyChair Submission page:
The submission page opens January 15, 2017, 00:00 GMT and closes April 1 2017, 12:00 GMT.
You will find help in submitting your text using EasyChair here.

The abstracts must be written in English and must contain the following information: 1) author(s), 2) organization(s), 3) email address(es), 4) title of abstract, 5) body of abstract (max. 400 words), 6) 3-5 keywords The regular presentation time at the conference is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

In addition, a small number of shorter presentations are chosen of 5 minutes with 5 minutes discussion. Please indicate on your proposal if you would like to present in this shortcut-section of the conference.
When submitting the abstract you will be asked for a permission to publish the abstract in case of acceptance on the conference blog and programme (both online and in print) and your paper in the conference proceedings. Details will be
announced at a later date.

Successful applicants for the Call of Papers will be notified by June 1, 2017.
Papers selected for publication have to be submitted by November 1, 2017 using EasyChair.

For more information about abstracts and papers and the conference please visit
In case of any remaining questions contact (Call for Papers and conference programme) or (general conference information).

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