Call for Proposals: 2016 EIU-HAPA Annual Symposium

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Call for Papers
January 8, 2016
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Historic Preservation, Library and Information Science, Public History

39th Annual Historical Administration Symposium
Call for Proposals

The Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration Program Association is now accepting session, workshop, panel, and roundtable proposals on the theme “Museum Authenticity in the Age of Participation.”

As museums adapt to the changing needs and expectations of increasingly connected and informed visitors, maintaining authenticity remains a key challenge. Museums wrestle with this term ­ what does “authentic” mean? Is it about having the “real” artifact or the “right” artifact? Does history have one “truth”?

EIU HAPA invites your ideas and expertise for its 39th annual symposium to be held Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Charleston, Illinois. Consider joining us, as we gather to explore authenticity in today’s museums and other cultural institutions.

Possible session topics include:
● Addressing controversial topics, especially as they relate to current events
● Addressing a community’s need or desire to reflect a more complete view of history
● Reinterpreting sites to address a more truthful perspective
● Providing programming using reproductions/reconstructed sites
● Teaching with reproductions/digital objects

Proposals should be submitted by Friday, January 8, 2016. Applicants will be notified of proposal status by February 2016. For more information, please contact Phil Grumm, EIU HAPA Symposium Co­Chair, You may also email a tentative program title, brief description, and the names and contact information of the proposer(s), moderator(s), or suggested presenter(s).

Complimentary symposium registration (including breakfast and lunch) for Saturday, April 9, 2016 will be provided for presenters, moderators, and panel participants. We hope to hear from you.

Contact Info: 

Phil Grumm
EIU HAPA Symposium, Co-Chair

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