CFP : Museum International – Universal Exhibitions and the Representation of Cultures

Call for Papers

The Journal MUSEUM International published by UNESCO promotes research on heritage and museum policies. It promotes exchanges of professional practices and experiences worldwide. MUSEUM International is committed to publishing interdisciplinary papers fostering a constructive dialogue on issues at stake in the international arena.

For its 2011 Spring issue, MUSEUM International invites authors to submit papers on the following them:



From their inception in 1851 to last year’s 2010 in Shanghai, universal exhibitions all tended to put cultures and civilizations on stage to celebrate their distinctive qualities. Although being ephemeral enterprises, some of them have left lasting testimonies such as the Crystal Palace in London, the Musée du Trocadéro in Paris etc …

Universal exhibitions witnessed successive paradigmatic shifts of representing culture which, eventually, shaped museography. The most important change occurred in the last decades with the worldwide recognition and promotion of cultural diversity. This has put a final end to the hierarchical and aesthetical classification of cultures that has been for a very long time the modus operandi of museums.

Taking into account the impact universal exhibitions have had on museums and the way they display cultures, papers submitted should address issues such as:

  • Architecture as a legacy of universal exhibitions to museum; ephemeris architecture;
  • Displaying folklore and indigenous cultures, representation of otherness in national and international contexts;
  • Beyond Art and Aesthetic, the anthropological paradigm of collections building;
  • Cultures on stage: geopolitics of universal exhibitions.

Articles must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. They should be no longer than 2500 words. A five-line abstract and a brief bio are also requested. For further information, please consult Guide for Authors.

Deadline for submission: 20 May 2011 Enquiries and submission of papers at

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