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ICME/2014/Croatia - Annual Conference in Zagreb
From Tuesday, 14. October 2014
To Thursday, 16. October 2014
Contact Dr Zvjezdana Antoš(Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!), Dr Zvjezdana Antoš(Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!), Sylvia Wackernagel(Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!‎)

ICME (the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography), an international committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), will hold its 2014 annual conference on 14-16 October, 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia,in cooperation with the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies.


The theme of the conference will be: "Museums and Innovation"


ICME/2014/ Croatia will organise the conference as a forum where museum professionals, students and academic researchers can discuss innovative ways of presenting heritage in museums (through recent permanent and temporary exhibitions or online projects) they have taken part in or studied during recent years, as well as projects in process or planned for the near future. This conference aims to initiate a debate about new ways of thinking and working in museums today and in the future.


Collections have to be constantly interpreted and reinterpreted in order to extend knowledge about the collected objects. It is a well-known fact that each museum is defined by its collections, but a contemporary museum cannot offer its visitors only the elements of the past. One if the most important questions museums face is how to promote contemporary relevance and prompt new meaning making with objects. Ethnographic and social history museums are at the forefront of exploring new methods to attract visitor’s reflection on the past, the present and the future. Museography today has a complex role, to explain who we are and what museums might positively impact on global society, which implies more difficult tasks than showing the making techniques and the functions of objects.


The conference will raise a number of questions. How are museums dealing with change? Which subjects are presented in temporary exhibitions? How are subjects with social relevance presented? What about the presentation of political and social elements? How are links between the past and the present established? How to make heritage interesting and relevant for visitors?


Some museums raise questions concerning new ways of presenting the complexity of identities and by doing so they give an intercultural context to their collections, that is, they try to show the dynamism and changes in society. To what extent, if at all is it part of the new museum’s role to influence communities and government, to act as agents of social justice and help address social needs. Museums have been challenged by the need to modernise collections and displays, but also by the ‘turn’ towards audiences. How might museums attract new audiences without alienating existing visitors? The quality and sustainability of a visit has become increasingly important and prompting visitor’s understandings of the museum as a place of dialogue, a place where she/he will consider diverse questions and gain new knowledge(s) of self and ‘others’, our similarities and our differences. Should museums be provocative to play an active role in society and react to current events through developing exhibitions and organising public discussions? How can controversial, intimate or marginal topics be presented in exhibitions? What about individual stories, how can they be presented? How might intangible heritage be presented? What are your views on digital technologies in museums – how do they enhance or detract from the original? What about art installations in cultural, historical and ethnographic museums? Do they help us develop new museum concepts and inform pedagogical practice? How?


The conference is planned as a forum where experts, primarily ethnologists and cultural anthropologists, students and academics will briefly speak (for between 20-30 minutes) to the theme, highlighting contemporary problems and challenges faced by museum exhibitions, as well as the extramural activities they organize around them for specific target audiences such as families, children, elders and migrant communities.


Papers will be organised into thematic units and followed by a discussion and exchange of experience in relation to each set of papers discussed. A major aim for this conference is to initiate an on-going discussion about the challenges, problems and new possibilities of planning and working on exhibitions or joint projects.


Submitting abstracts


Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words  should be submitted for selection to the ICME Review Committee, which will comprise Dr Zvjezdana Antoš, Sylvia Wackernagel, and Dr Viv Golding who will act as chair. Submissions should be sent to Dr Viv Golding (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!), Dr Zvjezdana Antoš (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) and Sylvia Wackernagel (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!‎) by May 1, 2014.  If you send the abstract as an attachment, please also include the text of the abstract in the text of the e-mail itself.


The following information should be included with the abstract:


Title of submitted paper


Name(s) of Author(s)


Affiliation(s) & full address(es)


Abstract in English (between 250 and 300 words)


Support equipment required


Conference Fee: 200 Euros. The conference fee pays printed program, lunches and coffee breaks, welcome and farewell party.


Post-conference tour to Istria3 day tour of sites/museums of cultural heritage (history, archeology, ethnography) and related to the theme of conference.


Conference information: details of the ICME conference (registration forms, hotels, and other details) soon available on ICME website.




1st Call for ICME FELLOWS


ICME/2014/Zagreb, Croatia


Applications are invited for three (3) ICME Fellows from individual members of ICME from developing nations or ICME youth members (under 35 years of age).


ICME Fellowship funding (up to 2.000 €) will be used to pay for conference registration, accommodation, airfare and reasonable daily allowance in Croatia for participation in the conference 14-16 October 2014, with a view to offer opportunities for enriching the on-going research of candidates through global interaction with ICME members from different parts of the world. Candidates are expected to remain active in ICME.




1. All applicants shall be engaged actively in curatorial, education, research or developmental work in a museum.


2. All applicants must have been an ICME member for a minimum of three years (continuous paid membership of ICOM for the years 2011, 2012, 2013)


3. ICME Fellows are required to contribute a reflective report about their conference experience at ICME/Croatia and how they will shape their future museum thinking, to be published in a future ICMENews (the next one following the conference).


Applications must reach the President and Treasurer of ICME by 31 April 2013,  along with the following:


1. A 200 word statement of the applicant's motivation for attending ICME/2014/Croatia and the benefits which he/she expects to derive from it.


2. A curriculum vitae indicating, name, age, citizenship, home, address, institutional address, contact phone, fax, e-mail address, details of qualification, employment positions, research experience, and ICOM membership number.


3. Names and e-mail addresses of two eminent museum professionals, from whom references will be sought.


ICME Fellows shall be announced by 30 May, 2014. Awards will be given strictly on merit and subject to fulfilment of all conditions. ICME reserves the right for the selection of candidates and shall hold the right of publishing a conference report of the selected candidate.

Location Zagreb, Croatia