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Call for Papers: Museum-iD, issue 21

Founded in 2009, Museum-iD magazine explores new thinking and developments in museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites around the world. With a progressive attitude and international approach, Museum-iD is renowned for original articles by world-class contributors, in-depth features, and high production values. Museum-iD magazine is published 3 times a year and is committed to sharing innovative museum theory and practice in museums globally.

We are now inviting expressions of interest and proposals for issue 21 of the magazine. We are very open to ideas for articles but some areas of particular interest include activism, audience engagement, contemporary collecting, digital initiatives, participatory practice, and social impact.

We are looking to share pioneering ideas that help spark transformative change. We are actively seeking a wide range of contributions - from short opinion pieces and expository essays to practical case studies and in-depth, referenced articles.

If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch with Gregory Chamberlain greg@museum-id.com. Your proposal should include the following information:

• A working title and synopsis of your proposed article - at this stage a brief paragraph is fine
• Your name, job title and organisation

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 12 April. The copy deadline is Wednesday 31 May 2017.

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Examples of articles published in issue 20:

Less is More: Digital With a Lean Team
JiaJia Fei - Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum in New York - on why museums don’t have to do it all when it comes to digital

The Idea Museum: Intangible Museum Collections and Dialogic Experience Design
Corey Timpson - Vice President, Exhibition, Research, and Design, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights - on the experiential design of participatory exhibitions and collecting stories as born-digital artefacts

Talking to Strangers and Challenging the Social Media Echo Chamber
Rosie Stanbury - Head of Live Programme at the Wellcome Collection in London - on how museums of the future should enable people from different walks of life to talk about the big stuff - human endeavour, discovery, nature, history and the future

Intangible Heritage in the Digital Era
Matthias Henkel - Associate Lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin and past Director General of the Nuermberg Municipal Museums - on how museums need to rethink how we collect, curate and present the digital landscape as the new public space

Increasing Diversity and Helping to Establish a Sense of Ownership
Peju Oshin - Freelance Museum Educator and Independent Curator - on how museums of the future must understand that engaging diverse audiences requires simple questions rather than over-engineered thinking

Temporary Exhibitions for the Contemporary Cultured
Fiona Cole-Hamilton - Interpretation Developer at the Natural History Museum in London - on the challenges of attracting and engaging a new target audience and presenting complex scientific ideas

Not Just a Building, But Building Community
Amy Schaffman - Education Manager at the Augusta Museum of History in the United States - on how museums of the future must become extensions of the communities they serve to play their part in building a healthy society

MOOCS and Heritage: Storytelling for a Global Audience
Katherine Biggs - Multichannel Producer for Historic Royal Palaces - on why the explosion of online learning offers heritage organisation the opportunity for mass engagement on a global scale

The Museum of Mindfullness, Wellbeing and Mental Heath
Louise Thompson - Health and Wellbeing Manager at Manchester Art Gallery - on how museums of the future could be sanctuaries from the challenges and demands of the modern age and shelters for the stressed, the sick and the socially isolated

We Need To Talk About Donors
Maxwell Blowfield - Communications Officer at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London - on the urgent need to share fundraising ideas as museums have to raise more money from donations

Transforming Shakespeare’s New Place
Delia Garratt - Director of Cultural Engagement at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - on the contemporary re-interpretation project aiming to make emotional connections to Shakespeare

Rapid Response Collecting
Alice Millard - Learning and Engagement Assistant at The Novium in Chichester - on how adopting a rapid collection strategy allows museums to keep up-to-date with social and political changes

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