Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle (MCR/RCM) is currently seeking original scholarly exhibition reviews for publication in its next special issue, "UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage."
The deadline for consideration is August 1, 2013.
MCR/RCM is Canada's only scholarly journal dedicated to the study of material culture. It documents cultural artifacts, describing their historical context and role in society. MCR is published twice annually by Cape Breton University Press in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Canada Research Chair in Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Just as exhibitions are a major form of research in material culture studies, exhibition reviews are an important feature of MCR/RCM. The purpose of reviews is to recognize the significance of such research, to extend the impact of certain exhibitions beyond the museum setting and to stimulate debate in the academic and museum communities about the value of exhibitions. Reviewers should assume that readers might not have seen the exhibition and so should include a brief description of the exhibition, an assessment of the objectives of the exhibition and a critique of how well those aspirations are met. Reviewers are encouraged to include commentary on how an exhibition may differ or resemble other exhibitions or books on a subject or theme. In some cases, curators and/or others responsible for assembling an exhibit may be invited to respond to a review. Photographs of objects or art work included in the exhibition or the installation may be included in the publication. Comparative reviews are also possible. Preference will be given to reviews that discuss exhibition strategies and/or curatorial approaches to intangible cultural heritage.