International conference „Presumption to Responsibility. Museums and contested history. Saying the unspeakable in museums“

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2017
Czech Republic
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Political History / Studies, Public History, Social History / Studies, World History / Studies

Call for papers: International conference „Presumption to Responsibility. Museums and contested history. Saying the unspeakable in museums“



Once selected, items included in museum collections themselves suggest they are account of our ability to objectively document our history.  Exhibitions or numerous publications show if and how we are able to interpret events the particular society does not necessarily take pride in, or would preferably erase it from its history, including physical artefacts.

The forthcoming conference is expected to focus on interpretative attitudes of today’s museum professionals to those periods of history that are broadly perceived negatively or “rather negatively” or controversially by the public for whatever reason.



June 30, 2017: Submission deadline

July 2017: Acceptance notification

November 22–25, 2017: Conference



We are inviting the following submissions

  • Research papers (20-minute talk on recent research or theoretical issues)
  • Short talks (5-minute talk, explanation of certain problem)
  • Every lecture or talk will be followed by discussion (10 minutes)
  • Day 3 will be closed by panel discussion


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All papers will be reviewed by the expert panel of ICOM Czechia, ICOM Slovakia, ICOM Austria and host partners.


Papers will be selected according to the following criteria

  • Papers which address the conference topics
  • Papers which are deliverable in the format and time allotted


The selection panel reserves the right to suggest alternate formats for proposals. The selection panel’s decision is final.





  • International. The participants from all over the world are welcomed to share ideas as well as problems with realisations.
  • Open-minded. New approaches and ideas are welcomed.
  • Honest. We value presentations that are open about failures as well as successes. A critical but correct discussion will be welcomed.
  • In time. Timing is very important; please take care about the time of your lecture or talk in the discussion. The chair-person is authorized to stop all presentations expanding the time limit.
  • Translated. Interpreting will be provided among Czech/Slovak, English and German language. Please speak slowly and allow the translators to translate your talk properly.





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