CFP: Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice - 17- 21 July 2011, Linköping, Sweden - Deadline: Apr. 15, 2011

ESF-LiU Conference
Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice

17 - 21 July 2011

Scandic Linköping Vast, Linköping, Sweden

Chaired by:
Sharon MacDonald, University of Manchester, UK

Co-Chaired by:
Cilly Kugelmann, Jewish Museum Berlin, DE

Organising committee:

Dominik Collet, Georg-August-Universität, DE
Helen Graham, Newcastle University, UK
Sally Hughes, University of Leicester and Oxford Brookes University, UK
Maria Toscano, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, IT
Jennifer Morgan, University of Manchester, UK


Museums form an important part of the cultural heritage of all European countries. As institutions, however, they have remained focused on the nation state for historical, political and often for financial reasons, but many of the issues museums face today transcend national boundaries. This international European Science Foundation funded conference seeks to provide a platform for exchange, reflecting on the new EU-wide interest in museums as spaces of cultural encounter that occupy a unique position at the junction between 'the local', 'the national' and 'the global'. Ten years ago James Clifford formulated his influential concept of museums as ‘contact zones’, highlighting museums as spaces of cultural encounter and drawing attention to the crucial interaction of researchers and practitioners.

To learn more about the conference, please see the preliminary programme.

How to Participate

Conference participation is possible only after successful application.
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Deadline for application: 17 April 2011
Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event.

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant.

Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

4 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener.. For more information, please click here
Practical Information

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