Leicester organises museum studies conference - in Taiwan!

Posted by mjs76 at Dec 09, 2010 02:23 PM |
The call for papers has gone out for next year’s ‘Museum 2011 International Conference on Building Identity: The Making of National Museums and Identity Politics’, an international collaboration between the University of Leicester, the V&A and Taipei University.

The Museum 2011 International Conference will provide a platform for international, interdisciplinary exchange to explore the significance and function of national museums along with the challenges they face in the twenty-first century. It will particularly examine how national museums construct history and sculpt national identity through the shaping of buildings, exhibitions, education programmes and other aspects of their practice. Questions addressed will include:

  • How is national identity constructed and negotiated in national museums?
  • How might we understand this at the present time?
  • And what challenges do contemporary society and specific local contexts and subjectivities bring to the shaping of our national institutions?

Taking place at the National Museum of History in Taipei over 16-18 November 2011, the conference is a collaboration between the museum, National Taipei University of Education, the Victoria and Albert Museum and our internationally renowned School of Museum Studies. It is sponsored by UK Trade and Investment over here and by the Council for Cultural Affairs over there. Suzanne MacLeod and Professor Simon Knell from Leicester are already scheduled to present.

Call for papers

Submissions for 30-minute papers or 90-minute colloquia on the following topics should be submitted by the end of April 2011:

  1. Museums, nationalism and national identity
  2. Museum history and historiography
  3. Architecture and the construction of place and identity
  4. The re-making of National Museums
  5. Museum management and marketing
  6. Audience research and the roles of national museums

The conference is free to attend, provided you can make it out to Taipei. Ten travel bursaries equivalent to US$150 each are available to people who submit papers.