Call for Papers

CFP: Museums and Identities, Warsaw, Poland (Deadline 1 May 2018)

Museums and Identities

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów                                                                      Warsaw, Poland, November 21 – 23, 2018
Deadline: May 1, 2018

By ICOM Austria, ICOM Czech Republic, ICOM Slovakia, ICOM Poland
and Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów

“Museums and landscapes are an essential element of humanity’s physical, natural, social and symbolic environment.” Based on this first sentence from the ICOM Resolution of the 24th  ICOM General Conference in Milano 2016 “The Responsibility of Museums Towards Landscape” we want to continue the discussion initiated during the first Seminar in 2017, about the impact museums have and how they react to the landscape that surrounds them, urban or rural. What particular responsibility for protecting this natural heritage and to promote sustainable development do museums have?

But the term “Landscape” also implies other perspectives: How are museums influencing the cultural, social, economic or political identity of the area and society they are situated in? They choose what objects are collected, presented and protected, what stories are told and how. They define what is handed on to future generations. “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” to quote Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Spider-Man. Therefor we want to question the role of governmental authorities or financial sponsor and how they might influence the presentation or content of exhibitions. How do museums react to financial dependencies or state-ideologies?

As we are celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage this year, we celebrate the diverse cultural heritage across Europe. We want to raise the question if museums not only preserve Europe’s cultural heritage at national, regional and local level, but if they also are in the position to be an important factor to contribute to build an European identity that is felt to be still missing.

Call for Papers:

Topics of interest for submission include:
1. Perspectives: Different Identities and Missions of Museums
2. Neighbours: Impact of Museums on Cultural Landscapes and Social Networks
3. Politics: Museums in Historical and Contemporary Context
4. Nature: Environmental Impact of Museums
5. Economy: Impact of Museums on Local Development & Financial Sustainability
6. European Union: Impact of Museums on European Identity

We invite to send an original research abstracts, case studies before the Abstract submission deadline. All research papers will be evaluated by international Committee.  All the accepted abstracts will be eligible to be presented at the seminar after the confirmation of participation.

Please complete the attached application form and send it to:



Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2018
Notification of accepted applications: May 31,2018


Selection of lectures will be published

Lecture series

LSMS lecture : ‘Royal Relations between the Danes and the Baltic Slavs in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries’ (12th Jan)

The London Society for Medieval Studies is hosting a lecture on Tuesday
evening, January 12th, at 7.00pm in the Wolfson Room (NB01), IHR Basement,
Senate House (located on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU) by:

Paul Gazzoli (Cambridge) who will be speaking on ‘Royal Relations between the Danes and the Baltic Slavs in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries’.

All those who are interested in Medieval Studies are very welcome to
attend the lecture.

Call for Papers Call for Participants Uncategorized

CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities (Hamburg, 27-29 Nov 14)

CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities. A trans- and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Hamburg
Hamburg, 27-29 November 2014
Deadline: 31 July 2014

Increasingly, cultural studies focus on stories and the narration of stories as important catalysts for the constitution, confirmation, and modification of cultural identities. Not only in times of what seems like floods of images but since images are made a large part of these stories and narratives is communicated by visual media. Constantly it can be observed that elaborate iconographic programs are developed to establish specific meanings more or less successfully as essential elements of cultural identities.

To analyse and interpret visual media from such a perspective it is, on the one hand, necessary to develop categories to describe their narrative aspect. The current state of research is heterogeneous: On narratology of film and graphic literature there are rich discussions and developed methods and theories whilst research in the field of single and static images is quite fragmentary. On the other hand methods have to be explored which facilitate cultural interpretations of visual narratives and which may decode the deeper meanings transmitted – also from times and epochs long gone. Finally, it has to be considered how narrative contents participate in the construction of cultural identities.

Basic questions for the conference could be:

– By which means may the narrative aspects of visual media be described?
– Which are the methods to decode the transmitted messages?
– Which strategies are used to construct cultural identities visually?
– Do, in turn, changed or modified identities lead to different patterns of stories and narrations?- What can be gained from a comparison of visual-narrative communication with other forms, for example literary ones?

The conference is organised by students of archaeology, art history, and cultural anthropology. It will contain lectures and workshops on the main topics and provide opportunities for detailed discussion. We are especially looking for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions which deal with the analysis and interpretation of narratives and narrations in visual media from narratological and (visual) culture studies perspectives. There is no limitation to certain times or cultures. The contributions are going to be published after the conference. Proposals for lectures (30 min) or workshops (60 min) in German or English may be sent to (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Clara Doose-Grünefeld, Tim Jegodzinski and Kirsten Maack) until 31 July 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. We encourage establiched scholars and especially young scholars and students of all levels to contribute. Funding of speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses can currently not be guaranteed.  However, participation in the conference is free of any charge.

For further information, see the conference website.