CFP: XII Universeum Network Meeting "Arranging and rearranging: Planning university heritage for the future" - Padua, 26-29 May 2011 - Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011


Arranging and rearranging: Planning university heritage for the future

26-29 May 2011

University of Padua, Italy


The European Academic Heritage Network UNIVERSEUM (
announces its 12th annual meeting. UNIVERSEUM invites submissions of papers on
academic heritage in its broadest sense, tangible and intangible, namely the
preservation, study, access and promotion of university collections, museums,
archives, libraries, botanical gardens, astronomical observatories, and
university buildings of historical, artistic and scientific significance. The
theme of the conference is "Arranging and rearranging: Planning university
heritage for the future", though papers on other topics are welcomed too.
Graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

"Arranging and rearranging: Planning university heritage for the future"
How should the academic heritage of universities be organized? There are many
models, from the centralized university museum or archive to the dispersed
collections kept by departments or individuals. There are many different ways
of organizing academic heritage that may or may not fit a particular collection
or institution. Visions and objectives of curators, researchers and teachers
involved in academic heritage are often quite different from those of
university administrators and leadership. For both, in many cases, heritage is
intrinsically connected to the question of identity of academic disciplines,
identity of local departments, and the identity of the university. Much is at
stake, as recent cuts in funding and the reorganization of universities across
Europe places many collections at risk. How can we ensure the preservation,
study and interpretation of our academic heritage? How can we organize this
heritage in ways that can harmoniously reconcile the needs of contemporary
universities with the specificities and needs of academic heritage?

Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes, including 5 minutes for
The conference language is English.
Please send abstracts for paper proposals of no more than 200 words to the
email address below **before 15 February 2011*. Please use abstract template
at the conference website
Include a short biography highlighting main research interests (no more than 50
Proposals will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. Speakers will be given
notice by 1 March 2011.

More info:

For proposals and inquiries, please contact:

Program Committee:
Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon
Sofia Talas, University of Padua (Chair)
Roland Wittje, University of Regensburg


Roland Wittje
History of Science Unit
University of Regensburg
D-93040 Regensburg

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