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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

JOB: Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, 01.05.2018
Application deadline: Mar 1, 2018

Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in für die Abteilung Kunst

ausstellungsansicht_kult_aleksandra_domanovi_votive_hare_2016_und_palmesel_zeppelin_museum_friedrichshafen_foto_tretter_2017Das Zeppelin Museum ist ein Zwei-Sparten-Haus mit den Schwerpunkten Technik und Kunst. Es verfügt über die weltweit größte Sammlung zur Luftschifffahrt und eine renommierte Kunstsammlung vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart. Der Schwerpunkt der Museumsarbeit liegt auf der Erforschung der Sammlung und der Realisierung von Themenausstellungen, die Technik und Kunst konzeptionell verbinden. Darüber hinaus werden hochkarätige Kunstausstellungen gezeigt, die sich auf zentrale Positionen der internationalen Kunstszene konzentrieren. Die Wechselausstellungen werden durch ein interdisziplinäres Programm begleitet, das an wichtige zeitgenössische Diskurse anknüpft. Für diese anspruchsvollen wie interessanten Aufgaben suchen wir Verstärkung für unser Team.
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STIP: PhD Studentship, Art Markets and Museum Collections, Loughborough

1200px-Leonardo_da_Vinci,_Salvator_Mundi,_c.1500,_oil_on_walnut,_45.4_×_65.6_cmLoughborough University, October 01, 2018
Application deadline: Feb 28, 2018

Funded full-time PhD studentship in the School of the Arts, English and Drama

Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Art Markets and Museum Collections: Curating Futures

The Museums, Markets, and Critical Heritage research group at Loughborough University welcomes proposals for a funded PhD studentship that investigates intersections between art markets, curatorial practices, and the development of museum collections. As the 2017 auction sale of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi has shown, interest in the art market as a space of both commerce and public spectacle has reached a peak. At a time when eye-catching transactions have become a driving force within the global art world, this studentship invites consideration of the extent to which art market activity, art fairs, biennials, and private initiatives are shaping the futures of museums and their audiences.
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Summer School: The Knowledge of the Curator (Groningen, 8-14 Jul 18)

Groningen, July 8 – 14, 2018
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Summer School
The Knowledge of the Curator II. Curating Art and Science

The Department of Art History at the University of Groningen, in collaboration with the Groninger Museum and Ghent University, offers a unique and innovative summer school program that puts students in direct contact with internationally renowned scholars, museum directors, and curators, including Andreas Blühm, Koenraad Jonckheere, Eric Jorink, Sue-an van der Zijpp, and special guest Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center, New York City).
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Islamic Art Circle @ SOAS: Lecture Programme, 2017/2018


Islamic Art Circle @ SOAS, London: Lecture Programme, 2017/2018
All lectures begin at 7.00 p.m. in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre) –  unless indicated otherwise – Philips Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG


  • 11 October 2017: The Palace of Pedro I in Seville, ‘very much like the residence of the Muslim kings,’ Dr Tom Nickson, Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
  • 15 November 2017: Reviving Islamic Architecture in Khedivial Cairo, and Beyond: a Collector’s Passion, Dr Mercedes Volait, CRNS Research Professor at INHA, Paris
  • 6 December 2017: Takht-e Soleyman/Iran – From Sasanian Fire Temple to Ilkhanid Summer Palace. New Evidence from Old Excavations, Dr Ute Franke,                                       Deputy Director, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin
  • 10 January 2018: The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture: The Calligrapher, the Painter, and the Patron: A New Perspective on the Freer Khusraw u Shirin, Dr Simon Rettig, Assistant Curator of Islamic Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 21 February 2018: In the service of religion? The display of ‘science from the Islamic world’ in the museum, Dr Silke Ackermann, Director, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
  • 14 March 2018: The Seventh Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture: Decagonal and Quasicrystalline Geometry in the Architecture of Medieval Persia and Its Influence in the Greater Islamic World, Dr Peter J. Lu, Department of Physics and SEAS, Harvard University, USA
  • 25 April 2018: Islamic Textiles from Iberia: Re-evaluating Their Role in the Mediterranean Context, Dr Ana Cabrera-Lafuente, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • 9 May 2018: Ilse Sturkenboom
  • 13 June 2018: Ahmet Ersoy

For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 07714087480 or                 rosalindhaddon@gmail.com




Vacancy: Lecturer in Museum and Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews

St AndrewsLecturer in Art History – AC2041AC

University of St Andrews – School of Art History

Start: As soon as possible.

We wish to appoint a Lecturer in Museum and Gallery Studies within the School of Art History. You will be a scholar with a growing international research reputation in museology or a related field and a commitment to delivering high quality teaching within the broad field of museum and gallery studies. The successful candidate will be expected to have a range of interests, to be active in research publication that strengthens or complements those in the School and to be capable of teaching the subject to taught postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a cognate discipline. Excellent teaching skills and an interest in promoting knowledge exchange are essential. You should also have some familiarity with grant seeking processes in relation to research councils and other sources.

Informal enquiries can be directed to the Head of the School of Art history, Dr Julian Luxford (jml5@st-andrews.ac.uk)

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;  http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

Closing Date: 24 April 2017

Please quote ref: AC2041AC

Further Particulars: AC2041AC FPs.doc

Apply: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AYD787/lecturer-in-art-history-ac2041ac/

Conference: Sacred Art in Sacred Collections (Florence, 3 October 14)

Sacred Art in Sacred Collections 
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici – San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini
Via Faenza 43, Florence
3 October 2014

Santa_Croce_interior_2For the second event of our Forum on Museums and Religion, we propose a study day that addresses the particular issues associated with the conservation and display of collections of objects historically belonging to religious institutions—a natural segue from our first conference about religious institutions which are themselves visited as museums. Museums associated with religious institutions have a special mandate to maintain the profile of their institution as a whole and speak to members of their communities; yet, they frequently possess objects of great historical and aesthetic value which are of interest to a broader and possibly non-religious public. In some cases, these collections are overseen by non-religious institutions. As custodians  of sacred objects of different natures and religious status’, are such institutions responsible for reinforcing the holy nature of their collections to their publics? If so, how can this best be done so as to invite deep a understanding of spiritual messages without appearing to proselytize? This study day investigates the means and difficulties in guaranteeing the survival and deep appreciation of such collections in the Florentine area though a series of talks and a roundtable discussion.

I Musei delle Istituzioni Religiose di Firenze ed il loro Pubblico

Dopo il primo Forum sui Musei e la Religione, il 20 & 21 aprile 2012, l’Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici ospita il secondo evento intitolato “Oggetti Sacri in Collezioni Sacre”.

Questa giornata di studio affronta le problematiche specifiche connesse alla conservazione e all’esposizione di collezioni di oggetti storicamente appartenenti a istituzioni religiose – un naturale seguito al precedente convegno del Forum sulle chiese, templi, e moschee, che a 
loro volta sono visitate come musei. I musei associati alle istituzioni religiose hanno un mandato speciale per mantenere il profilo della loro istituzione nel suo insieme e parlare ai membri delle loro comunità; tuttavia, spesso possiedono oggetti di grande valore storico ed estetico, che sono di interesse per pubblico un più ampio e non necessariamente religioso.

In alcuni casi queste collezioni sono gestite da istituzioni non-religiose (o non più religiose). Come custodi di oggetti sacri di diversa natura e tipologia, fino a che punto tali istituzioni si devono sentire responsabili della trasmissione del carattere sacro delle loro collezioni al loro pubblico? Qual’è il modo migliore per stimolare una comprensione profonda dei messaggi spirituali, senza che questo intento possa essere scambiato per proselitismo? Questa giornata di studio vuole invitare tutti partecipanti ad un dibattito su queste tematiche per cercare di garantire la sopravvivenza e l’apprezzamento di tali raccolte nella zona fiorentina, con una serie di colloqui e una tavola rotonda.


Benvenuto – Il forum sui musei e la religione 
Prof. Maia Wellington Gahtan, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici
Prof. Anna Benvenuti, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Prof. Rita Capurro, Università Politecnico di Milano

Keynote Mons. Timothy Verdon, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – Grande Museo del Duomo.

Tavola rotonda Moderatore: Don Alfredo Jacopozzi, Responsabile culturale della diocesi


Dott. Licia Bertani, Museo Diocesano di Santo Stefano al Ponte

Dott. Silvia Colucci, Museo Comunale di Santa Maria Novella & Santa Maria del Carmine

Mons. Fabrizio Porcinai, Museo del Tesoro di San Lorenzo


Dott. Giuseppe De Micheli, Museo di Santa Croce

Dott. Fausta Navarro, Museo di San Salvi

Dott. Antonio Godoli, Orsanmichele

Dott. Eleonora Mazzocchi, Istituto degli Innocenti

Further information:
tel. 055 287360 | www.ldminstitute.com | myra.stals@lorenzodemedici.it
Forum on museums and religion | Forum sui musei e la religione