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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CfP for our Museological Review journal!

Museological Review (MR), a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the community of PhD students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, is currently seeking contributions that aim to explore the phenomenon of metamorphosis — or change — in the museum. The criteria for submission of papers can be found via the following link (or below):

Deadline: 10th January 2014.


CALL FOR PAPERS
Museological Review, Issue 18: Change in museums Due in Spring 2014
Submission Deadline: 1700 GMT, Friday 10 January 2014.
Museological Review (MR) is a peer-reviewed journal, published annually, by the community of PhD students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. It is aimed at graduate master students, PhD students and early career researchers from around the world and from any museum-related discipline. It is a forum for the exchange of museological ideas and for the development of academic skills.
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In relation to this years’ PhD student led ‘Museum Metamorphosis’ conference
(http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museum-metamorphosis)
Museological Review issue 18 welcomes contributions that seek to explore the phenomenon of metamorphosis — or change — in the museum. Museums are often perceived to arrest time, or go beyond it, yet they are not fixed or static entities. It has often been claimed that in order to become meaningful, museums should
change by addressing and responding to the needs of society. Is this the case?

Papers addressing the following themes and questions are encouraged, but we also welcome new suggestions and creative proposals.
  • How might we define metamorphosis in the context of the museum?
  • Metamorphosis is a concept that resonates across many disciplines, from biology and geology to literary studies. How can such different conceptions of
    metamorphosis be harnessed in order to consider change in the museum?
  • How do museums deal with resistance to change, both internally and
    externally?
  • What are some of the opportunities and/or risks arising from constant and
    never-ending change in the museum?
  • Historically, how has the museum changed from its early inception?
  • What organisational changes have museum institutions implemented, and
    how has the museum profession responded to these?
  • How have digital and other technological trends impacted upon the way we
    conceive museums and the ways in which museums relate to their
    communities?
  • Have collections and displays been made relevant for contemporary
    audiences? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • How have museological concepts such as learning, interpretation and
    collection adapted to new contexts?
  • How, and to what extent, are new trends in exhibition-making creating the
    museum anew? How have museum-making processes changed?
  • How can we describe changing understandings of museum space?
  • How has our knowledge of the complex range of visitor experiences shifted?
    What impact has this had?
  • How are museums used to create identity on different levels, and how are museums' identities created in turn by the communities they serve?
  • To what extent are museums an instrument for social change, and to what extent is change forced upon them?
  • How can museums explore and reflect contemporary discussions in society?
Results
The editorial team will contact authors in late January 2014. The editorial process (peer review and editing) of those accepted papers will take place from February to April 2014. The issue is due to be ready and uploaded in the MR webpage by late May 2014.

Information on submission can be found here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/documents/museologicalreview/callforpapersmr18

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