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CONFERENCE „MUZE.X SHAPINGMUSEUM FUTURES“

The first edition of the new biennial conference debating museum futures „MUŻE.X SHAPING MUSEUM FUTURES“ will take place 4 to 6 November 2020 at the University of Malta in Valletta. This conference seeks to present the latest thinking, actions and initiatives that modestly or radically depart from the traditional mold of curator/object-central spaces. Submission deadline for presentation and poster abstracts is 30 April 2020.Predicting museum futures is no mean feat. Being unreasonably bold would be faced with the challenges of the now that would acknowledge much more what comes across as reasonable. It might be absolutely unreasonable that we re-invent the museum institution to address climate emergencies. Transforming the museum into a public space with a participatory management model is an ambition yet to be achieved. We might ask whether Museums can morph into genuinely democratic, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical conversations about pasts and futures. We could also question whether museums can ever be fully integrated within communities, acting as co-catalysts for radical changes in ways of seeing and living. Indeed, will a human-central museum, at peace with the natural environment, ever see the light of day?  The organisers are keen on showcasing the latest developments in the museum landscape, be they conceptual initiatives or projects that are happening and evolving in the now, and which may well inform, influence and define the museum, particularly with regards to climate change, artificial intelligence and future technologies, but not just. The organisers are open to anything that is absolutely unreasonable to predict a reasonable future for museums.  They welcome contributions from scholars, museum curators and directors, think-tanks, institutions and others working in the museum sector who act as or support game-changers in the sector. ​They would be interested to hear from all those of you out there who are changemakers at the forefront of the museum landscape. You might be an up-and-coming researcher or a seasoned academic, a museum curator in love with innovation and new ideas to explore or an educator pushing for new ideas and interpretation strategies. You are kindly being asked to submit your paper/poster proposal to the convenors via email to muzex@um.edu.mt, entitled ‚Abstract‘.  In the case of a paper proposal, you need to provide a title and an abstract (not more than 300 words) for a 25-minute paper, your name and surname, affiliation (if any), a short bio note (not more than 200 words), and four keywords that best capture the essence of your paper proposal. Please make sure that the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper. The title provided is the one that shall be published in social media and in all printed material. In the case of a poster proposal, you need to provide a title and an abstract (not more than 300 words), your name and surname, affiliation (if any), a short bio note (not more than 200 words), and four keywords that best capture the essence of your poster proposal. You should receive an acknowledgement to your submission within two weeks from receipt of your proposal. Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2020. The final selection shall be communicated by not later than 15 May 2020.