2023 conference, ‘Activism and Professional Practice in the Changing World’
The Social History Curators’ Group (SHCG) are calling for papers and contributions to their conference in Birmingham in June 2023, ‘Activism and Professional Practice in the Changing World’. The conference will be in-person with the options for pre-recorded contributions/papers.
SHCG would like to receive proposals of presentations, case studies, round table discussions, activities and workshops on the theme of activism in social history. How are museums and other cultural and heritage-based venues addressing and encouraging action on activist issues like:
- LGBTQ+ inclusion
- Cost of living crisis
- Disability rights
In addition, SHCG is keen to hear from a wide range of organisations, not just museums but other cultural or heritage-based venues, cultural consortiums, local authorities, independent practitioners and any other groups who are working to tackle these ongoing issues.
This year, SHCG is looking for both presentations and interactive workshops that relate to the topics outlined above. The more thought provoking, unusual, practical and insightful, the better. It welcomex contributions which pose difficult questions and are keen to hear from projects which might not have gone as planned or were considered unsuccessful in their outcomes – SHCG wants to create a space for honest dialogue and problem solving.
SHCG is keen to hear from anyone working within social history in museums and heritage sites, not only those in curatorial positions. It particularly encourages discussions from diverse voices in the sector, such as from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ communities and those that identify as disabled, although speakers will not be asked to disclose these characteristics.
Contributors are invited to offer perspectives from a local, national or international context. SHCG is keen to accept more contributions that stem from thinking ‘outside the box’ and will allow delegates to reflect on and think about the role of Social History and its future. You do not have to be a member of SHCG to submit a paper or workshop to the conference.
For more information see https://www.shcg.org.uk/News?item=175. Deadline for applications is 27th January 2023.
Call for submission – book and exhibition reviews
Try something new in the new year and write a review of a recent book, podcast or exhibition for the 2023 edition of the SHCG Journal, Social History in Museums. The theme for the next issue is:
Museum and Activism: how can social history play its part?
If you’ve read a book, heard a podcast or seen an exhibition that you feel showcases how social history plays a part in the activism of museums, please get in touch with the Journal Editor, Kirsty Parsons, at email@example.com. You do not have to be a curator or a member of the SHCG to write a review for the Journal.
SHCG can support you in the purchase of books or exhibition tickets for review and reviews should be written by someone outside of the organisation being reviewed.
Please get in touch with the Journal Editor by the Friday 13th January 2023 with details of what you propose to review and how it’s relevant to the Journal.