Call for Papers for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016

The Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference 2016 is set to take place on 10-12 October, at The Lowry, Salford. To help them to delep the conference, the organisers invite abstracts for the delivery of 20-minute presentations, abstracts for panel proposals, and the submission of abstracts for more focused seminars.

This year’s conference will look at the varied and innovative ways in which archives, museums, libraries, and academia can help realise the potential of collections and translate this into social, cultural, and economic impact.

In the last decade, notions of impact have risen to the forefront of discourse and debate within the heritage, research, and academic sectors. As budgets across the heritage sector have retracted, organisations of every size and shape have had to review their working practices, and look at qualifying and quantifying the impact of their collections and activities, and their relation to wider social, cultural and economic agendas. Nationwide initiatives, such as the commemoration of the First World War, Magna Carta or Shakespeare’s death, have provided high-profile opportunities to showcase the wider impact that collections can have on the public consciousness, and our collective understanding of our past, our present, and our future. In addition to these high-profile examples, heritage organisations have continued to reach new audiences, in new ways, to widen the social and cultural impact of their collections as a part of their daily work, eroding perceived barriers of geography and discipline.

The main conference themes will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Beyond apps: how technology can be used to enhance the impact of heritage collections and their place within society
  • Dynamic partnerships: academic impact and collaboration with heritage organisations
  • Future and hidden histories: exploring new narratives for our collections
  • Out of the strong room and into the street: new uses for collections within social, cultural and economic contexts
  • Show me the money: new frontiers for funding and fundraising
  • Who do we think we’re for? Working with new audiences and taking collections “outside of heritage”
  • Making collections work harder: social impact and cohesion through heritage
  • Joining the dots: connecting collections and communities

Abstracts should be sent to both Melanie Cheung and Matt Greenhall by Monday, 9th May 2016.

Further Information is available here.


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