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Sixth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

22-24 April 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark | National Art Gallery of Denmark

DEADLINE: 8 November 2012
The Inclusive Museum Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia.
Authors who are unable to attend the conference in person may submit a proposal for a virtual presentation at any time, up to the start of the conference (22 April 2013). Acceptance of a proposal for a virtual participant is based on the same criteria as that for an attending participant. We are developing new modes of participation for virtual participants, to expand the level and types of participation with other conference delegates. At present, acceptance of a proposal for a virtual presentation, with accompanying (substantially discounted) virtual registration, allows the author to join the community in the following ways:
  • Receive newsletters and other communications about the community
  • Upload a presentation of your paper to the You-Tube channel
  • Submit your paper for peer review for the current volume Journal
  • Participate as a peer reviewer in evaluating articles for the current volume of the Journal
  • Enjoy a one-year subscription to the Journal.
All conference registrants (in-person and virtual) may also submit their written papers for publication in the refereed International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.
Proposals for in-person presentations at the conference may be submitted as one of four types: 1) Paper Presentation (which will be scheduled as part of a Themed Session or Roundtable Discussion); 2) Workshop/Interactive Presentation; 3) Poster or Exhibit; 4) Colloquia. Each of these are explained in more detail below. Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English.
  1. Paper Presentation
    An accepted proposal for a single paper presentation (prepared by one or more authors) will be assigned to one of the following formats by the Program Committee:
    • Themed Session
      This type of session is best suited for reports on completed research or scholarly work. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features (related to purpose, procedures, outcomes or product). The formal oral presentation of work should be limited to 15 minutes. Presentations are grouped according to topic or perspective into these themed sessions (which vary from 60 to 75 to 90 minutes), with time provided after all of the presentations for Q&A and group discussion. Authors are welcome to include visual supports (paper handouts, computer slides, or digital displays) to assist delivery of their oral presentation. Please note that we cannot provide photocopying facilities at the Conference, but we will provide data projectors in each room. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome, although only one article may be submitted to the Journal based on each presentation.
    • Roundtable Discussion Session
This type of session is best suited for position papers, reviews of theoretical or conceptual frameworks, works-in-progress, policy analyses, or topics that generate, or benefit from, extended discussion. Authors are each assigned a numbered table in a large meeting room for a full 60 minutes, during which time they converse and interact with interested delegates who join them at their table. Authors are encouraged to bring copies of their papers and/or a short handout summarizing their work for distribution at their tables. Multiple authors of a single paper may participate, and one article per roundtable may be submitted to the Journal.
    • Featured Session
      On occasion, a paper may be identifed by the Program Committee as one of special interest to a broad spectrum of the conference participants, although it is not appropriate, or feasible, to include it in a plenary session. In these instances, a single paper presentation may be scheduled for a specific block of time in the schedule. Authors will be contacted by the Program Committee prior to being scheduled in a Featured Session.
  2. Workshop/Interactive Presentation
    This type of session is best suited for teaching or demonstrating particular procedures, skills, or techniques. Appropriate considerations for this Session format may include, for example: a workshop, demonstration, performance, exhibition, staged conversation, debate, or extended dialogue with the audience. These sessions are scheduled for 45-60 minutes and should be structured so that some explanatory or introductory information is provided, with ample time for audience interaction, participation, and involvement. A single article, jointly authored if appropriate, may be submitted to the Journal based on an Interactive Presentation.
  3. Poster or Exhibits Session
    This format is ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. In these 60-90 minute sessions, a number of authors have the opportunity to display or exhibit their work and engage in informal discussion about their work with other delegates throughout the session. Displays may be posters (maximum 4x6 feet), digital/computer displays, artwork, or other visual media. Each display should include a brief abstract of the purpose and procedures of the work; handouts or copies of written material may also be available. Space for the poster or exhibit will be provided by the Conference, however all materials must be organized by the presenter, including posters, displays, handouts or other appropriate materials. Please note that we cannot guarantee a dedicated power source for each presenter. Authors may submit a formal paper describing their work to the Journal.
  4. Colloquium
    This Conference Session is scheduled for 90 minutes and involves five authors who are proposing a set of papers based on a shared theme or topic. The papers may present complementary aspects of a specific body of work, or contrasting perspectives on a specified topic. There must be at least five registered participants (for example, a Chair and four presenters, or five presenters). The presenters should conceive and design the session to allow time for individual presentations (approximately 15 minutes each) and at least 15 minutes of audience discussion or question-and-answer. All participants must be listed on the proposal submission form (list as one primary author, and 4 or more co-authors). Either a single article or multiple articles may be submitted to the Journal based on the content of a colloquium session.


Proposals submission.


  • Theme 1: Visitors

    On the relation of museum to its communities of users.
    • Visitor diversity in the inclusive museum
    • Defining museum stakeholders and measuring participation
    • The politics of heritage: national, regional, ethnic, diasporic and first nation identities
    • Multilingualism: accessibility for small languages and cultures
    • Gender and sexual orientation in the museum
    • Disability access in the museum
    • Competing cultures: high, folk, popular, techno-scientific
    • Public trust: re-establishing the bases of ‘authority’
    • Defining the ‘education’ and ‘communications’ roles of museums
    • Pedagogy as presentation or dialogue: how the museum relates to its visitors
    • The ubiquitous museum: towards the anywhere anytime learning resource
    • Competing pleasures: museums against or with ‘entertainment’ and ‘edutainment’
    • Cross connections: with schools, with universities
    • Sponsorship and philanthropy: logics and logistics
    • The economics of admissions
    • Memberships: changing roles and demographics
    • Voluntarism and professionalism: calibrating the mix
    • Government stakeholders (local, state, national, transnational): museums in politics and navigating government funding and policies

Keywords: Museums, Visitors, Stakeholders, Diversity, Culture, Nation, Region, Ethnicity, Diaspora, First Nations, Multilingualism, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Education, Communications, Media, Admissions, Sponsorship, Membership, Volunteers, Government


  • Theme 2: Collections

    On the practices and processes of collecting and curating.
    • The changing work of the curator
    • Exhibition didactics: the dynamics of visitor learning
    • The idea of ‘heritage’: changing conceptions of what counts
    • Authenticity, decontextualization and recontextualization of objects-on-show
    • Custodianship and community assets: meanings and purposes for the museum
    • Representing social and cultural intangible heritage
    • The ‘ethnographic’ and the ‘anthropological’: framing first peoples and other ‘traditions’
    • Technologies in the museum
    • Arts in the museum
    • Environment in the museum
    • The process of acquisition: competing demands and limited resources
    • Conservation, preservation: negotiating changing priorities
    • Artifacts: what are the objects of the museum?
    • Places for amateurism: barefoot repositories and the self-made museum

Keywords: Museums, Curators, Exhibitions, Custodianship, Heritage, Authenticity, Technology, Arts, Environment, Acquisition, Conservation


  • Theme 3: Representations

    On museums as repositories and communicators of culture and knowledge.
    • Museums as knowledge makers
    • Museums as cultural creators
    • Architectonics: designing buildings and information architectures
    • Research and investigation in the museum
    • Measuring knowledge ‘outputs’
    • Intellectual property: commons versus commercialism?
    • Knowledge management paradigms and practices
    • ‘Neutrality’, ‘balance’ and ‘objectivity’; or ‘narrative’ and ‘politics’? The knowledge rhetorics of the museum
    • Knowledge frames: modern and postmodern museums
    • Cross connections: with libraries, with galleries, with educational institutions, with arts centers
    • The digitization of everything: from collection objects to media representations
    • The virtual museum
    • Online discoverability and public access
    • Museums in and for the knowledge society: preserving heritage ‘born digital’
    • New literacies: changing the balance of creative agency in the era of the Internet and new media
    • Addressing the digital divide
    • Digital disability access
    • Cataloguing, metadata, discovery and access
    • Internet standards, semantic publishing and the semantic web

Keywords: Museums, Knowledge, Culture, Architecture, Research, Intellectual Property, Digitization, Virtual Museums, Digital Divide, Cataloguing, Discovery, Internet


Presentations at the conference, as well as the journals and books created in this knowledge community, are grouped around the themes listed here. Submissions are welcomed that cross more than one thematic area. Keywords are only indicative - please add your own keywords as you think necessary. The range of ideas listed in each thematic grouping and associated keywords is continually reviewed and revised by the participants in this knowledge community. Please suggest additions and changes.


For more informations, please use the informations request form.



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