CALL FOR PAPERS
International Council of Museums-International Committee for Museums of Ethnography
Annual Conference 2011
Monastery at Bad Staffelstein (Upper Franconia), Germany
ICME (the International Committee for
Museums of Ethnography) is an international committee of the International Council of Museums
(ICOM) devoted to ethnography (ethnology, anthropology, folk) museums focusing
on local, national and international cultures. ICME is concerned with the challenges facing ethnographic
museums and collections in a changing world.
ICME will hold its 2011 annual conference on 2-5 October, 2011, at the Banz Monastery at
Bad Staffelstein (Upper Franconia), Germany, in
collaboration with the University of Bamberg/Department of European Ethnology. Final details
of the ICME conference are forthcoming, but the general format of the annual
meeting will consist of paper and discussion sessions and a one day excursion
to museums in the area.
Optional - a short pre-conference
tour (October 1-2) in Bamberg - World Heritage City - will be
organized as well as the usual ICME post conference tour (October 5-8).
Dissolving boundaries. Museological
approaches to national, social and cultural issues, from the point of view of ethnographic
museums. Borders, boundaries, exclusion, delimitation or the dissolution of
boundaries as a result of geographical, political, social and cultural
parameters in long-term perspectives are not static. They are linked to a steady influence of different forces.
Such processes take place quietly without conflict or they end in graduated
Borders, boundaries and dissolution are not limited to the grand
level of nations or levels of policy planning systems. They also concern the social and
cultural constitution of formal and informal groups. Terms like "equal" and "different" are often determined
by everyday life experiences. Religious
and ethnic identity constructions as well as comprehensive examples of
migration, gender or age-specific distinctions present boundaries expressed by exclusions
which need to be overcome. The variety of borders and their delimitation
contribute towards political and social life.
How do museum ethnographers document and present political and
social processes of these types?
What is the role of place (in situ, museum, information center)
and the role played by authentic objects, photographs, texts?
What is the response of male and female and other visitors?
ICME/2011/Banz Monastery invites proposals of 20-minute
presentations which address issues related to the topic of the conference. We also welcome
paper proposals from non ICME members.
Papers addressing the following sub-theme will also be welcomed:
The Challenging Museum/Challenging the Museum-
Through this topic, speakers can examine how museums of cultures and societies
address themes that are perceived as difficult, or connected to dilemmas of various natures. This annual theme has
been adopted by the ICME Work Group, chaired by Per B. Rekdal
Abstracts of between 250
and 300 words will be submitted for selection to the ICME Review Committee,
chaired by Annette B. Fromm, ICME President . Submissions should be sent to email@example.com
by May 15, 2010. If you send the abstract as attachment,
please also include the text of the
abstract in the text of the e-mail itself.
The following information should be included with
- Title of submitted paper
- Name(s) of Author(s)
- Affiliation(s) & full
- Abstract in English (between 250
and 300 words)
- Support equipment required
Registration forms, registration fee
information, hotels, and other details will be forthcoming on the ICME web site
more information about Banz Monastery -