The Indiana University Mathers
Museum of World Cultures and School of
Global and International Studies invite applications for up to eight Museum
Partners who will take part in an innovative international workshop on the
future of museums of culture and history.
Museums at the Crossroads, scheduled for May 14-21, 2015, in the
beautiful college town of Bloomington, Indiana, combines keynote addresses,
tours, charrettes, and social interactions. We seek applications from museum
practitioners and theorists who wish to partner in conversation and creative
practice with a group of invited keynote speakers and international museum
fellows in a small, informal workshop setting.
Successful applicants will receive eight nights of on-campus lodging and
per diem support of $45 for eight days.
at the Crossroads
Museums at the Crossroads connects
theory and practice, bridging institutional, regional, and national museum
contexts in order to advance the global conversation around museums and
generate a range of practical outcomes for its participants.
Workshop participants will include:
- 4 international fellows from innovative museums
around the globe
- 8 museum partners drawn from museums and other
institutions in the United States and abroad
- 12 Indiana University faculty, staff, and graduate
- 4 keynote speakers, each addressing a broader
social and cultural theme that we wish to explore in depth in museum contexts.
Our keynote speakers are:
- Steven Lubar, Brown University (keynote on Today’s
Museum: Innovation, Change, and Challenge)
- Michael Brown, School for Advanced Research (keynote on Cultural
Crossroads: World Cultures in Transition)
- Stephan Fuchs, University of Virginia (keynote on Disciplinary
Crossroads: The Evolving Sociology of Knowledge)
- Haidy Geismar, University College London (keynote
on Artifactual Crossroads: Real Meets Virtual)
Museum Partners will
be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Bloomington,
Indiana, and are expected to participate actively in the full workshop and in
associated follow-on activities. Prior to attending, each shall develop an
institutional profile that includes an account of challenges your museum faces
relative to the three "crossroads” (Cultural, Disciplinary, Artifactual) being
explored in the workshop. Partners without a museum affiliation will be asked
to prepare a comparable position paper on the themes.
How to Apply
To apply for a position as Museum Partner, please send a
resume or curriculum vitae, as well
as a cover letter expressing your interest, as a PDF email attachment to:
Sarah Hatcher, c/o email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2014, with
applicants receiving notifications by December 15, 2014.
For additional detail on the scope and nature of Museums at
the Crossroads, see the workshop précis, which is accessible online at: http://www.mathers.indiana.edu/crossroads.html.
Additional information about Indiana University Bloomington
can be found at: http://iub.edu/.
Information on the Mathers Museum of World Cultures is
available at: http://mathers.indiana.edu/.
Questions about the workshop can be addressed to the
organizers at: firstname.lastname@example.org.