Conference 2018 – Foreign Exchange?
Foreign exchange? University museums and international engagement
University of Cambridge, 3 July 2018
University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge
University museum collections originate from many countries. Over decades and in some cases centuries, they were created and curated through scientific fieldwork and collecting that ranged worldwide. In the present, those interested in studying collections and in borrowing art works and specimens for analysis and exhibition represent, like our students, many nations. International engagement is anything but foreign to us.
At the University Museums Group’s 2016 conference, Matt Hancock, now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, affirmed that museums and universities are ‘absolutely central to our post-Brexit future, open and engaged with the whole world, progressive and positive in shaping how Britain sees herself and is seen the world over.’ Universities similarly express ambitions to contribute globally. In 2018, academic and cultural collaboration seems more urgent than ever, yet also more difficult, as threats to global peace and security multiply.
The University Museums Group’s 2018 conference will explore how university museums can contribute to, and even lead, universities’ efforts to engage internationally. It will consider how smaller as well as larger museums can participate in, and benefit from, international programmes. Panels will offer presentations from sponsoring bodies and case studies from museum staff, ranging over practical experience and future opportunities. We encourage open discussion of challenges and constraints, while celebrating the accomplishments and the potential of university museums to make a positive difference through international work.
The programme will include a reception at Kettle’s Yard and tours of the Museum of Zoology, both newly reopened
Speakers will include
Diane Lees CBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museum
Wayne Modest, Head, Research Centre for Material Culture, Leiden
Kate Bellamy, Director, Museums, Arts Council of England
Download the programme here: UMG Conference 2018 Full Programme updated 21 June
Cost per delegate is £40. Please book your place online via the University of Cambridge online booking system.
Call for Papers
The organising group welcomes proposals for ‘lightning talks’, for 8 minute presentations, which will be presented in two panel sessions of case studies. Each should outline a particular international project, drawing attention to wider issues arising from its development, realisation and/or legacy. Proposals which draw attention to opportunities, but also frankly acknowledge challenges are welcome.
The conference organisers anticipate selecting 5-6 proposals for presentation during the afternoon at the conference in Cambridge. Please be aware that they will seek a representative range of speakers, in terms of disciplines, and smaller and larger museums: we regret that it is unlikely that every good proposal can be included.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 1 June
Please forward abstracts to: Nicola Kalinsky, firstname.lastname@example.org