Night at the perfect museum: Conference call for papers

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 27, 2011 04:15 PM |
Those industrious postgraduates in our School of Museum Studies are organising an event next March on the topic of ‘Museum Utopias’.

This two-day symposium, a follow-up to the successful Curiouser and Curiouser conference last March, will examine and debate the 'imaginary, ideal and possible museum'. Delegates will be asking questions such as:

  • What Utopian models have existed, or do exist, in museum architecture and design?
  • How have different societies and cultures, historical and geographical, constructed the idea, and the ideal of the museum?
  • How has the idea of Utopia been used as a means of cultural communication to connect and unite people of different social and cultural backgrounds?
  • Are certain types of museum more Utopian than others?
  • And is the Virtual Museum the new Utopia? Or Dystopia?

Details of the call for papers (PDF) are on the conference website. Submissions are welcomed from researchers working in the fields of museum studies, cultural studies and allied subjects, and from museum practitioners, but especially from PhD students and early career researchers.

Abstracts must be submitted by 14 November 2011 and should be for 20-minute presentations or 30/60 minute workshops. Creative ideas are very welcome, including films, music, creative workshops etc.

Museum Utopias, which is sponsored by Hanwell, will be held in the School of Museum Studies over 27-28 March 2011. Registration for the conference costs £40 for students, £60 for everyone else, until 14 December. After that date, the fee rises to £60/£70 so book early. This includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

You can keep track of the nature of museological utopianism on the Museum Utopias blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

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