CfP: November 2019 Revisiting New Museology

Call for Papers

CONFERENCE ‘WHAT’S NEW? REVISITING NEW MUSEOLOGY 30 YEARS LATER’

KRAKÓW, POLAND / 20th and 21st November 2019

“The New Museology”, book edited by Peter Vergo and published in 1989 launched a series of discussions around the cultural institutions and a long-lasting process of transformation that aimed to reform them. The texts collected in the study included, among others, theories of the subject and strategy of its issuing, the subject of the recipients of the museum, as well as the contexts of the functioning of the institution and the relationships affecting its program. These articles together created an appeal for a museum which is supposed to be a socially relevant place, addressing issues important for the community, directed at people who have been excluded so far.

30 years after the announcement of the idea of new museology in the Anglo-Saxon context, we want to revise its assumptions, ask about those that have been achieved, as well as those still requiring active efforts. Perhaps some of the tasks faced by the practitioners and theoreticians of museology have lost their relevance, and certainly new issues have arisen. The issue of local conditions of changes within the museums is also significant, not only in the existing political centers of the world, but also outside them. The question about a new museology is therefore a kind of pretext for the analysis of contemporary museums.

We invite you to the international scientific conference ‘What’s new? Revisiting new museology 30 years later’ organized by the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Jagiellonian University, the Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University and the National Museum in Krakow. The conference will be held November 20-21, 2019 in Krakow, Poland.

The inaugural lecture will be given by Nick Merriman, director of the Horniman Museum in London and professor of museum studies in the University of Manchester, who previously worked at the Museum of London and was the director of the Manchester Museum. Professor Merriman participated in “The New Museology” in 1989.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite museum scholars and museum practitioners, interpreters, animators and artists as well as historians, art historians, cultural anthropologists, sociologists, visuality researchers and other researchers studying various aspects regarding the way museums function.

The organizers suggest a discussion in the following panels:
1. Museum public
2. Tangible / nontangible heritage
3. Social responsibility of the museum
4. Repatriation of museum objects
5. Activism in/towards museums
6. Museums and new technologies

As part of those panels, we propose the following topics:
– the role of museums in the process of decolonization;
– ethics in museums;
– the social responsibility of museums (climate change, migration crisis, etc.);
– social use of heritage and museums (new technologies, extending the concept of heritage, etc.);
– visitor, participant or beneficiary? New understandings of the museum audience;
– enthusiast or facilitator? New roles of curators;
– participation in cultural institutions – successes and failures;
– the new museology and nueva museología – differences between the two paradigms.

The conference will be held in English in the National Museum in Krakow, the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Jagiellonian University and the Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University.

The conference fee of 100 euros / 390 PLN includes:
– participation in the conference,
– conference materials,
– lunch on both days of the conference
– gala dinner on the first day
– possibility of publishing the paper in the post-conference volume

Registration takes place via the form available HERE<https://media.mnk.pl/images/upload/pliki/konferencje/Formularz%20zg%C5%82oszeniowy%20-%20What’s%20new%20-%20ENG.docx>.

(Please send the form including the title and summary of the presentation to the address: whatsnew@mnk.pl<mailto:whatsnew@mnk.pl>?)

It will be open until September 23, 2019.
Information about the selection of papers will be sent out by October 2, 2019.
We will wait until October 16, 2019 to pay the conference fee.
The conference program will be published by November 4, 2019.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:

Jan Święch, Prof., Dean of the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University – chairman
Wojciech Bałus, Prof., Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University
Janusz Barański, Prof., Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Jagiellonian University
Andrzej Betlej, Prof., Director of the National Museum in Krakow / Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University
Łukasz Gaweł, Prof., National Museum in Krakow / Institute of Culture of the Jagiellonian University
Alicja Knast, Director of the Silesian Museum in Katowice
Piotr Majewski, Prof., Director of the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections
Michał Niezabitowski, President of the Association of Polish Museologists
Piotr Rypson, PhD, President of the ICOM Poland

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