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[ecrea] International Conference: Museums and Communities. The Heritage of Belonging

Wed Dec 21 20:48:53 GMT 2011

*Call for Papers*

*International Conference: /Museums and Communities. The Heritage of Belonging/*

**Date: 8 - 10 November 2012
Location: NAi Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Organisation: Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the upcoming conference on "Museums and Communities. The Heritage of Belonging". This conference focuses on the relation between museums, heritage and communities. In times of mobility and change, history museums play an important role in societal questions of social cohesion, identity and belonging. In search of their roots, people turn to heritage. History is popular as never before and it surfaces in all contemporary media. At the same time, the communication era offers new possibilities for communities based on common interests and preferences, or popular and corporate culture. Museums in general, as part of the public sphere, are an important tool in this dynamic process of heritage formation and the performance of community.

To address these topics, the Erasmus University Rotterdam organises an international three-day conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. We would welcome presentations on community building, performativity and the dynamics of cultural heritage, as well as presentations on new practices of engaging communities in museums and representing communities in exhibition display. We are honoured to announce two keynote speakers. Richard Sandell of Leicester University will discuss the relation between museums and human rights. Kevin Moore -- director at National Football Museum in Manchester -- will be talking about the museum and popular culture.

Prof. dr. Marlite Halbertsma, Prof. dr. Paul van de Laar, Dr. Stijn Reijnders, Dr. Hélène Verreyke, Dorus Hoebink MA.

This conference concludes the Community Museums Past and Present project, which is part of the NWO programme Cultural Dynamics ( The Community Museums Past and Present project is financed by the VSB foundation.

*Submission proposals*
Please send your proposal to: (verreyke /at/ <mailto:(verreyke /at/>
Deadline 15 February 2012
300 words (max.) abstract.
100 words bio (affiliation, line of research).
All abstracts and presentations must be in English.

*Subjects may include, but are not limited to:*
Community building
Museums and performativity
Museums and identity
Heritage ownership
Popular culture, fan communities and their heritage
Corporate heritage

Engaging communities
Outreach programmes
Heritage projects
Social media / New media
Exhibition design

Museums and Community is a three-day conference with two days of keynote sessions in the morning and thematic sessions in the afternoon. The conference will take place at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in the Museum Park in the centre of Rotterdam.

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