CFP: "Academic Museums - Campus and Community" - Deadline: January 16, 2012

We invite international submissions for inclusion in this forthcoming book being published
by MuseumsEtc [] in late Spring of 2012.

College and university museums originated out of the desire to teach with, and learn from,
original objects. These museums today aim to be active participants in the teaching life of
their campus communities and vital sites for learning, interdisciplinary dialogue and
collaboration, and professional training in many disciplines. Academic museums differ
from their freestanding counterparts in that they can express their mandates in broader
and more innovative ways. They can, for example, install exhibitions that explore
controversial topics or artists under the “umbrella” of education. They can create small,
focused shows with little pressure to produce blockbuster exhibitions. They can include
campus voices in exhibitions, and foster critical dialogues within and beyond the
classroom. And they can explore the teaching possibilities of a broad range of objects and
exhibit those objects in new or unorthodox ways.

We welcome submissions – of between 2000 to 6000 words – that examine successful
strategies, tactics and activities within the academic museum community internationally.
We are particularly interested in practical experiences which are innovative or pioneering in
nature, and which may be capable of being applied within the wider museum community.

Academic Museums will be edited by Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold, both of whom
have long-standing professional interest and experience in the challenges and
opportunities unique to academic museums.

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to
250 words) and a short biography to both the editors (at and the publishers (at by 16 January 2012. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses.

The full Call for Papers can be found here: where there is also a
downloadable version.

Deadlines are as follows:
Abstracts: due 16 January 2012

Topics might include but are not limited to:
* developing exhibitions that explore controversial topics or artists
* cultivating critical dialogues within and beyond the classroom
* engaging a diverse community and including campus voices in museum programming
* how a college/university museum is uniquely positioned for innovation, risk-taking, and
challenging audiences
* the museum’s role as a site for interdisciplinary teaching and learning
* how the mission of the museum relates to, or conflicts with, the mission of the parent
* how trustees resolve the tension between preserving the museum’s collection and
sustaining the broader educational mission
* the value and opportunities in object-based learning
* cultivating relationships with faculty across disciplines and helping them integrate a
museum’s resources into their teaching
* building a collection appropriate to the educational institution and its audiences
* organizing exhibitions with faculty members and students
* how a college/university museum defines its role in the community
* the unique opportunities that academic museums offer for experiential learning and
mentoring students
* fundraising and donor relations within a larger non-profit entity
* promoting the value of a museum to administrators and trustees
* how to successfully compete for funds
* securing outside grants as a museum with a parent organization
* case studies of recent or current innovative and pioneering programs

Graeme Farnell
Publisher, MuseumsEtc

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