Now, to the future. Transformations in Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century Conference at CARMAH (June 11-12, 2020) - HU Berlin

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Call for Abstracts: Now, to the future. Transformations in Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century Conference

  • When: June 11–12, 2020
     
  • Where: Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) - HU Berlin
     
  • Deadline: 20 January 2020
     
  • Formats: Posters and creative Expression
     

What are the most significant transformations underway in museums and heritage? What still needs addressing? And what are the promising ways of changing museums and heritage processes in the future?

This CARMAH conference looks at key social, political and technological challenges for museums and heritage. Calls to decolonise museums, ambitions to diversify gallery spaces and struggles over heritage-making, are just some of these. What are museums and heritage settings doing about them? Where are the limits and contestations, and where are the generative sites of difference, change and untapped potential?

The conference brings together wide-ranging expertise and international commentators to address these. It draws on the findings of the major research project, Making Differences – Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century. The conference will take place on 11-12 June 2020 in Berlin

It is a venue for sharing and shaping transformations from a diversity of perspectives, areas of expertise and practice. We ask participants to bring in perspectives from their own field and to find ways to connect with those of others.

To this end, the Programme Committee invites proposals for posters or non-conventional creative expressions that speak creatively and critically to the following CARMAH themes (http://www.carmah.berlin/):
 

  • Transforming the ethnographic
     
  • Transforming through participation
     
  • Digital transformation
     
  • Now, to the future
     

Posters

Posters may present individual or collaborative projects that explore one or more of the four themes of the conference.

Individual poster proposals should include one or more presenters, a title and abstract of up to 250 words. If accepted as part of the conference programme, posters will be assigned an individual poster board and will be allocated a specific time within the conference schedule.

Posters must be prepared accordingly to the guidelines (below).
 

Creative Formats

CARMAH also invites submissions of creative expressions

Like work shared in museums, presentations selected as part of the CARMAH Creative Formats will draw upon and engage meeting attendees in a diverse world of the senses. Participants may propose artefacts, installations, visual or video work, recordings and another alternative forms of creative expression for consideration.
 

Selection procedure

Submission Deadline: 20 January 2020.

Please send inquiries and proposals to Anna Szöke (anna.szoeke@hu-berlin.de). Selection will take place by the end of February 2020.

Researchers of all career stages are encouraged to apply.

Abstracts for posters and creative expressions will be peer reviewed by a CARMAH committee. The reviewers may make suggestions to the author(s), or require changes in order for the poster or work to be accepted.

Creative expressions to be included in the conference program according to ethnographic and artistic merit, and technical feasibility.

Proposals need to include technical requirements.

Kindly note, that CARMAH cannot unfortunately provide any funding for the development of the creative outputs, travel or accommodation expenses. Participants registered for all of the above formats will be given a formal certificate of attendance and contribution at the conference.
 

Guidelines for posters

The Poster should be in

a) A1 format, portrait view (vertical)

b) or composed by 4 A3 sheets, all in portrait view (vertical), and numbered on the back side at top right

In both cases, the poster should contain the following information:

  • Title and Subtitle
     
  • Author’s name, plus affiliation and e-mail address
     
  • The main topic of your contribution: get viewers interested in the issue while using the absolute minimum of background information. Introduction is a good place to put an image that communicates some aspect of your research topic/question.
     
  • Empirical material – The third section/sheet should describe the empirical context(s) and data gathered so far. This is a good section for images too.
     
  • Discussion & Conclusion – The fourth section/sheet should briefly describe results. Refer to supporting charts or images when appropriate; provide extremely engaging figures/images that could stand on their own (i.e., could convey some point to the viewer if s/he skips all other sections). Try to convince the visitor why the outcome is interesting; state the relevance of your findings and future directions.
     
  • Keep the word count under 600 and try to exploit graphic and visual means.