Conferences for 2016

博物館及藝廊設計的未來 / The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

An international conference exploring creative research and practice in museum making

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)/Hong Kong University (HKU) tbc

November 13 2015 – November 15 2015

Are you involved in the practice of designing or redeveloping museums and galleries? Are you undertaking research into an aspect of museum design or visitor experience? Are you interested in learning from and with others involved in museum design internationally?

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design draws together museum professionals, museum, gallery and exhibition designers and museum design researchers from around the world, to explore new approaches to and future developments in design for the cultural sector. Based in Hong Kong, the event will draw together a critical and international mass of expertise from a range of cultural traditions in order to create a dynamic forum for the sharing of ideas and the development of new skills and knowledge. The event will showcase leading-edge approaches to the design of 21st century museums and galleries, provide a platform for new research and thinking on museum design and offer access to a range of training opportunities.

As well as seeking submissions which explore creative approaches to the design of meaningful and engaging visitor experiences, the conference seeks case studies and research which will expose the potential for design processes and design thinking to make a significant contribution to the strategic development of museums and cultural organisations internationally, challenging conventional approaches to museum and gallery making, providing a forum for debate, and seeking to unleash the potential of design and creativity for the cultural sector.

Our call for proposals is open until 15th June 2015 and registration for The Future of Museum and Gallery Design will begin on 1st June 2015.

Event co-organised by School of Museum Studies University of Leicester, Dept of Architecture University of Nottingham, Central St Martins University of the Arts London.



Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation

Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 February 2016 | University of Huddersfield

Call for papers

Abstracts can be submitted to:
Please ensure you include on your submission your name, affiliation and email address.

This international conference explores the changing face of regional urbanism, asking if the environmental, economic and social challenges facing many parts of the world will provide new opportunities for regional cities to develop alternative forms of urban living which are fundamentally different from those of the rapidly expanding metropolises. Inspired by recent debates about the over-riding economic, political and cultural dominance of London in the United Kingdom, and the survival of regional cities in the north of the country, this conference will take place in a key regional town, Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, located along the ‘Trans-Pennine Corridor’ between Leeds and Manchester.

Through an examination of such issues as environmental sustainability, cultural/civic identity, transportation, health and well-being and social/economic development, the conference will offer a platform for multi-disciplinary debate between academics, policy-makers and practitioners. The conference, which will be hosted by the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability at the University of Huddersfield, is aimed at urban designers, planners, architects, geographers, sociologists, philosophers, policy makers, urban theorists, historians, landscape architects, economists, conservationists, educationalists, health specialists and politicians.

Submission of abstracts for paper presentations (400 words maximum) or posters (A3 size boards) are invited to address the overarching focus of regional urbanism in the era of globalisation. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

The Challenges of Globalisation
•Regionalism in the Shadow of Global Cities
•Centre vs. Periphery
•Relationships between the Metropolis and the Regional City Network
•Emerging Geographies of Power: The Disappearance of Distance
•Re-inventing a Regional Identity
•International Transferability of Urban Design Skills

Sustainability of the Urban Environment
•Strategies for Sustainable Development
•Improving Urban Infrastructure
•Regional Planning Initiatives
•Housing and Poverty
•Designing for Rapid Urbanisation
•Landscape and Topographical Relationships

Regional Geographies
•Urban vs. Rural
•Transport planning and infrastructure
•Public Sector Role in Urban Design and Planning Challenges
•Post-industrial Regeneration
•Regional Planning Initiatives
•Governance and Localism

Historical and Cultural Dimensions
•Continuity and Change
•Cultural Identity and Attachment to Place
•Heritage and Local Histories
•Civic and Participatory Space
•Regional Architectural and Area Conservation
•Urban Morphologies

Health and Well-Being
•Future of Regional Health-Care
•Enhancing Community Cohesion and Social Innovation
•Impact of Ageing Population
•Addressing Long Term Unemployment
•Housing, Neighbourhoods, Communities and Safety
•Case Studies of Participatory Urban Design

Managing Social and Economic Change
•Competing with the Metropolis
•Decline of the Commercial High-Street
•Redefining the Work vs. Leisure Model
•Future of Service and Manufacturing Sectors
•Cultural Exchanges, Social Innovation and Community Engagement
•Role of the ‘Academy’ in Addressing Urban/Social Decline
•Urban Design Implementation in Regional and Global Contexts

Abstracts can be submitted to:
Please ensure you include on your submission your name, affiliation and email address.

Conference proceedings and publication opportunities:

Publication: Conference proceedings of abstracts will be published for the conference and an edited book of selected papers is planned after the conference.

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Important dates:
•Abstracts (400 words) – to include author’s name, affiliation and email address: Deadline 1st October 2015 (should be submitted to:
•Posters: Deadline 16th November 2015 (should be submitted electronically to:
•Notification of abstract acceptance: 30th October 2015
•Notification of poster acceptance: 1st December
•Early bird registration closes 7th December 2015
•Registration closes: 22 January 2016
•Symposium: 03 to 05 February 2016

Conference registration:
•Early bird £200 (not including evening meal)
•Full rates £250 (not including evening meal)
•Student early bird rate £100 (not including evening meal)
•Student full rate £150 (not including evening meal)
•Student day rate (Thursday/Friday) £50
•Day rate £150 (not including Wednesday evening meal)
•Reception and Wednesday evening Key note £75

Status –  Successfully Accepted.

Early bird registration closes 7th December 2015- Done


13th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
Thursday 7 April 2016

The symposium will provide an international platform for current graduate students in the architectural humanities to meet, present and discuss their work.


The Future Museum Challenge

On March 17-18, 2016

the Europeana Space Project will host “The Future Museum Challenge” in Venice, Italy. We invite everyone to come and push their creative limits to re-invent the future museum experience.

The Future Museum Challenge will focus on building new products and develop creative ideas that will bring museums into the 21st century. Aspects can include, the museum experience, enhancing content, engaging the audience and improving the educational experience. Participants should focus on creating products that are not only innovative but also can produce sustainable business models.
The three teams with the best ideas will be invited to London for an intensive Business Modelling Workshop to hone their ideas’ business potential and the team with the strongest idea will win a 3-month intensive incubation package from REMIX and the Europeana Space Network.

Museums around the world are moving away from a physical space speckled with digital devices to digital spaces that exist in the physical as well as in the digital world. The E-Space Museums Hackathon seeks to inspire and discover new disruptive, innovative and sustainable ways that museums can enter this “phygital” realm.

The Future Museum Challenge is a 48-hour marathon of brainstorming, Q&A, pitches and networking. Participants’ and experts’ know-how will be mixed to explore and develop innovative solutions for the museums and its educational implications. Hackathon participants will be encouraged to utilize new technologies and devices to see how digitized materials can enrich the museum experience. Participants will have access to the technical solutions developed within the E-Space Museums Pilot – the Toolbox and Blinkster, as well as access to millions of digitized cultural heritage items from around the world via Europeana Space’s Technical Platform. Nothing is off limits though, if you can dream it we will try and help you create it. – will be also presented and evaluated.

Participants will have direct access to museum experts to discuss audience needs. discuss with museum experts about audience’s and museum’s needs, fFrom the marketing and educational perspectives to,e learning, educational endeavors as well as the general nuts and bolts of how valuable information on how these institutions operate. Additionally, technical staff will be on hand to assist with development issues and business modelling consultants to help shape and hone participants ideas for the marketplace.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for designers, coders, museum experts and lovers, cultural managers,  artists, creatives, IT and marketing experts: we are seeking for enthusiastic participants who want to accept the challenge and bring their innovative ideas to the market via Europeana Space’s Incubation Support Package.Pre-existing teams and individuals are both welcome to join the hackathon. You might even meet your future business partners at the event.

What are we looking for?

Disruptive solutions to enhance the museums’ visitors experience, engage the audience and  boost the educational experience.

The jury will look at several aspects of each concept:

  • Relevance and value to the cultural Heritage sector. Does the proposition offer a new application or perspective on the use of the digitalized cultural heritage content? Does the proposition use, re-use, or facilitate the use or re-use of digitalized cultural heritage material? It is important to remember that these projects are not only confined to the museum space. Participants are free to choose their own field for exploration.
  • Business potential & job creation objective. Does the proposition hold a strong position against current and likely competitors? What is the composition and size of target market(s) for this proposition?
  • Likelihood of success. How likely is the proposition to be adopted by users? Does the team have the skills and capacity to successfully accomplish and launch a new business concept?
  • Innovation & quality & uniqueness. How innovative, new, or original is the idea?  (New technology, original approach, potential uptake by target users) What is the quality of the concept? (Form, function, aim)

Pre-existing teams and individuals are both welcome to join the hackathon and meet new creative minds to team up with and develop innovative solutions for the museum sector.

The 3 best concepts will win a trip to London for the Business Modeling Workshop!

There they’ll have their ideas and business models strengthened by the expert team at REMIX, one of Europe’s leading cultural and creative entrepreneur agency and the organizers of the REMIX Summits. (Travel, accommodation and attendance fee is covered.) The team with the strongest concept and business model after the Workshop will win a 3-month intensive incubation package from REMIX and the Europeana Space Network.

Visit the event website for the full programme

For further information contact:

Thursday, 17 March 2016 at 09:00 Friday, 18 March 2016 at 21:00 (CET) Add to Calendar
Ca’ Foscari University Campus, Mestre – Biblioteca di Scienze. Via Torino, 155. Venezia 30172 IT – View Map

Hackathon Day 1, 17 March


Introduction to E-Space by Antonella Fresa (Promoter srl, Technical Coordinator)
Presentation of the Museums Pilot and its tools Blinkster and Toolbox, by Tiziana Lombardo (FST)

Presentations of the digital content from international content providers (SPK, EVK, LAM)

Presentation of the E-Space WITH tool (National Technical University of Athens)

Goals of the hackathon, by Simon Cronshaw (REMIX)

Q&A and Teams assembling


Starting the work session of the Teams: hacking, coding, designing


Pitch rehearsal and feedback from the Jury

Hackathon Day 2, 18 March


Welcome message to the Teams by prof. Michele Bugliesi, Ca’ Foscari Dean
Presentation of “La vita delle opere” app by Maria Chiara Piva (tbc)

Presentation of “Il filo di Arianna” by Alessandra Zorzi (tbc)

Presentation of “Venice time machine” by Simon Levis Sullam (tbc)


Work session of the Teams: hacking, coding, designing


Final pitches by the Teams, judging, announcing the winners


Award Ceremony


Museum Studies at Leicester 50th Anniversary Conference
20-22 April 2016
Topic: The Museum in the Global Contemporary

Today, no museum is entirely local – all are part of a global dialogue. Old geographical hegemonies and hierarchies are being swept aside, to be replaced by a new sense of global inclusion which respects, preserves and enhances cultural specificity in the conceptualisation and operation of the museum. Museums now understand that they act in the today: that the pasts they hold and the futures they imagine are negotiated in the now.

To view the museum through the lens of the ‘Global Contemporary’ is profoundly empowering and fundamentally altering. It provides a new basis for understanding and privileging diversity whether considering audiences, practice or institutional values. It exposes injustice and offers benchmarks and inspiration for social and cultural action. It transforms how we think about media, connection, collaboration and reach. It affects everything and alters the possibilities of even the smallest of museums. It opens new dialogues.

A decade ago, the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester celebrated its 40th anniversary with The Museum: A World Forum. It marked a moment when Museum Studies came together as a coherent global field. The result of that conference was Museum Revolutions, a book that considered how museums bring about change but also about how they themselves are changed. The Museum in the Global Contemporary is different. It speaks to the now – a now that has only been realised with the return of China to the world stage. This historic event gave a sense that the whole planet was for the first time engaged in open communication, where all voices might be heard. So let’s talk!

We invite you to join us in Leicester for our 50th anniversary conference and associated events, including a number of pre-conference trips.

Call for Papers, Poems, Plays and other Performances

This is a conference for museum scholars and professionals, and for students of museums, who want to debate the museum of this new now. Bring along your practice or your research but also consider this as an opportunity to be creative. In addition to accepting papers, we encourage contributors to consider other ways to contribute: a workshop, film, participatory performance, artwork, installation, display, digital and online contributions, a dance and so on. Rather than presenting in one of the sessions, you might want to make a more permanent contribution such as a poster paper, a video presentation, an audio story, and so on, which can be displayed at the conference venue but also online. We want to make space for debate and discussion in the programme and so will adopt the short paper format that has been so successful in previous conferences. We shall also be offering three NextGen Keynote slots for outstanding early career researchers or professionals, and we welcome recommendations. We want everyone to leave this conference transformed: thinking new thoughts and prepared to do new things.

If you are interested in presenting at this conference, please send a proposal of no more than one side of A4, also tell us something about yourself, and email it to the conference organisers, Simon Knell and Katy Bunning, at at the School of Museum Studies.

The DEADLINE for proposals is 30 November 2015 – but we would like to receive your ideas as soon as possible!

The book : We intend to produce an edited book from this conference but this will be a follow-on project, and will not take into account whether you presented a formal paper, produced a video or made an installation at the conference itself.


Ecsite Annual Conference 2016 Colours of cooperation

the dates
19 August 2015: online call for session proposals opens
15 October 2015: call for proposals closes
24 February 2016: online programme is released + online registration opens
23 March: last day of the early bird rate
7-8 June 2016: pre-conference workshops
9-11 June 2016: main conference

Cooperation is the act of working together for a common purpose or benefit. As science communicators, cooperation is at the heart of our work. We cooperate within our teams, with other science engagement organisations, with stakeholders from research, economy, policy and arts – and, of course, with our visitors when we create meaning together.
Colours can be light or dark, glaring or muted, they can clash or resonate and be mixed into endless new combinations. Our community is diverse, representing many colours and shades of science engagement. But do we already use the full spectrum of our own and others’ expertise or are there blind spots? Should we be presenting a bright picture of science or do we allow mixed or even muddy colours? Are our audiences monochromatic or colourful?
This conference invites you to look at the diversity and nuances of cooperation and at the colouring they show when seen through various filters. With whom do we cooperate, how do we choose these partners, why do we cooperate and what do we invest and gain?
Cooperation requires respectful relationships, negotiating expectations and roles, agreeing on compromises. It is often a time-consuming and laborious effort, yet it yields benefits that an individual actor could not have achieved on its own and may lead to unexpected results and learnings.

Let´s use this conference to cooperatively work on challenges and common goals while enriching our own individual palette.

Status –  Successfully Accepted.


Museum Ideas 2016 International Conference, Science Museum, London, 6 October

“Museum Ideas is the place to be inspired, renewed and enthused by great ideas!” – Theresa Nicolson, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Discover the latest thinking about participatory practice, leading-edge digital initiatives, progressive public engagement, inventive and inclusive programming – plus pioneering new ideas about collections, social responsibility, cultural sustainability, transformative leadership and the future of museums.


© Science Museum Information Age, photo by Andrew Meredith for Universal Design Studio

Independently minded, experimental and diverse, the conference aim is to be inspired by perspectives outside your own specialism and locality – to come away excited by exceptional ideas outside your usual frame of reference. Museum Ideas brings together a creative and eclectic group of speakers and challenges them to share transformative ideas in concise, powerful talks. What unites the conference is the quality and enthusiasm of the contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.

Register today for a packed schedule of progressive sessions and the opportunity to make exciting new connections. With fresh insights you can take directly back to your team, the conference will add tremendous value to your current work and is an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next.

Speakers this year include:

• JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital, Jewish Museum, New York
• Ken Arnold, Creative Director, Medical Museion, Copenhagen
• Onur Karaoglu, Director, Museum of Innocence, Istanbul
• Shyam Oberoi, Director of Technology & Digital Media, Dallas Museum of Art
• Ine Gevers, Artistic Director, Hacking Habitat, Utrecht
• Jennifer Scott, Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago
• Ed Rodley, Associate Director of Integrated Media, Peabody Essex Museum


Further speakers announced soon…

Join hundreds of museum colleagues from all over the world to share the latest ideas and insights globally. Museum Ideas welcomes a truly international crowd – last year delegates from 24 countries took part. 100% of delegates rated the conference good to excellent, with over 90% saying excellent. Find out more about the delegate mix and feedback

“Clever, delightful and thought provoking. Great collection of people thinking innovatively and with passion” – Helen Divjak, London Transport Museum

The flagship conference will take place on Thursday 6 October in the 400+ seat IMAX Theatre at the Science Museum in London. In addition there will also be a series of study events, workshops and guided tours in the days leading up to the conference. All the study events will be free to attend for conference delegates.


• International speaker line-up and delegate mix
• Packed schedule with powerful and progressive sessions
• Opportunity to make valuable new connections
• Innovative and informal approach to professional inquiry
• First-rate conference facilities at the Science Museum, London
• Low delegate rate (includes all sessions, refreshments, lunch and wifi)
• FREE access to additional study events and workshops



Early bird registration 


13th Architectural Humanities Research Association conference

Architecture and Feminisms:
Ecologies, Economies, Technologies
November 17–19, 2016

School of Architecture Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm, Sweden
The 2016 AHRA conference will address connections between architecture and feminisms with an emphasis on plural expressions of feminist identity and non-identity. From radical feminist, to lesbian feminist, to black feminist, to post-colonial feminist, to crip feminist, to queer feminist, to trans feminist, to Sara Ahmed’s feminist killjoy, to feminist men, to posthuman feminist, to the liberal and neoliberal feminist, to material feminist, to marxist feminist, to eco feminist, to Roxane Gay’s popular Bad Feminist and many others, even to post feminist voices, the claim to feminism continues to be tested and contested. And this conference will be no exception. Between architecture and feminisms our specific focus will be upon transversal relations across ecologies, economies and technologies. Specifically, we are concerned with the exploration of ecologies of practice, the drawing out of alternative economies, and experimentation with mixed technologies, from craft to advanced computational technologies.

We situate this call amidst what has come to be known as the Anthropocene, a controversial term that calls for the recognition of the formation of a geologic age in which global environmental conditions have been radically altered by accelerating processes of human driven industrialization. Architecture has fully participated in these processes, and we believe that an exploration of feminist, critical, and radical epistemologies and ontologies, methodologies and pedagogies in architecture – especially in light of the rise of artistic, design or practice-based research – might enable us to shift the values and habits that produce our near exhausted existential territories. Amidst what can be deemed a generalized, world-wide depletion of our material resources, social relations, and environments, we invite researchers and practitioners to explore how critical concepts and feminist design tools might offer radical and experimental approaches to creating more sustainable and resilient mental, social and environmental ecologies.

We propose to open a space in which to exchange and collectivise current research on critical, radical and feminist approaches to architecture that can be applied by all to the relay between architectural discourse and practice. Although we acknowledge the historical and contemporary need for separatist spaces, we do not intend to create exclusionary places and practices, but to experiment with ways of ethically coping in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable and contested. Our call appropriates Isabelle Stenger’s cosmopolitics, wherein she outlines an ecology of practices as a form of ethical experimentation in the sciences, which we suggest can also be applied to architecture. We also draw our theoretical framework from Félix Guattari’s three ecologies: mental, social, and environmental, and their necessarily transversal relations. More generally we call for a thoroughgoing reengagement in histories and futures of feminist critical and radical practices toward reimagining our precarious environment-worlds. We invite participants to draw inspiration from the active archives of their feminist and radically engaged precursors, existing, and reimagined, whose diverse projects, manifestos, and concepts can be reinvented in opposition to arguments that declare the approach of the end-times.

We invite responses to our six thematic areas:

Ecologies – Economies – Technologies – Histories – Pedagogies – Performances

We assume that each thematic area inherently organises diverse ecologies of practice, and that the question of precarious mental, social, environmental ecologies pertains to all. We likewise assume that across these categories there can be discovered many explorative and even performative approaches to architectural research and we encourage a sensitivity to intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, age, ability, ethnicity, and so forth. Each thematic area will be curated by a team of convenors who have a history or association with Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Stockholm.

Ecologies: Looks to our fragile and tenacious relational ecologies, including ecologies of practice across disciplines and practices. Here Peg Rawes’s anthology Relational Ecologies has been a great inspiration, as well as Félix Guattari’s essay, The Three Ecologies.

Economies: Searches for alternative economies that persist amidst the hegemonic forces of neoliberal advanced Capitalism and is much inspired by the work of economic geographers J.K. Gibson Graham.

Technologies: Acknowledges the relationship between craft and advanced technologies, and draws on thinking in Science and Technology Studies, including feminist technologies. The legacy of philosopher of science Donna Haraway can be acknowledged here.

We add to these key themes, identified in the subtitle of our conference event, three further themes:

Histories: Is concerned with the historical archive as an active force in the present and engages in critical histories of feminist theories and practices in architecture, including the theories and practices of overlooked minorities and communities.

Pedagogies: Directly addresses the crucial issue of the formation of architects and the potential of radical and critical pedagogies. This theme acknowledges the seminal work of bell hooks, Sara Ahmed, and also Gavin Butt regarding intersectional, queer, race, and post-colonial concerns contextualised in architectural education specifically, and in the practice and discipline of architecture more generally.

Performances: This theme explicitly invites a variety of presentation formats, such as papers, installations, pinups, exhibitions, dialogues, demonstrations, performances and places a central emphasis on queer spatiality and aesthetics, in order to take up the unfinished revolutions of such thinkers as Gloria Anzaldúa, Hélène Cixous, Audre Lourde, Eve Kosowsky Sedgwick.

We invite individual and group proposals for 20 minute papers and full sessions from architectural historians, theorists, designers and practitioners, as well as those working on relevant themes across the design disciplines, in the humanities and social sciences.

Please indicate clearly if submitting a full session panel proposal.

We welcome proposals that explore alternative means of academic dissemination through film, small exhibition, performance.

Please send a 300 word abstract, including a title, and a 50 word biographical note to:

Deadline for abstracts of papers: 15 April 2016

Received abstracts will be blind peer reviewed and we will announce decisions by the 17th June 2016.

Please note that full papers will be required prior to the conference for panel chairs and to begin the editorial process for publication in a collection of essays for the Routledge ‘Critiques’ series, and for a special conference issue of Architecture and Culture, the AHRA journal.

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