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Museum Ideas 2019, London – Call for Papers

Bonita Bennett – Director of the District Six Museum in Cape Town – spoke at Museum Ideas 2017

Museum Ideas 2019, London – Call for Papers

Speak at the eighth edition of Museum Ideas – the annual international conference exploring the ideas shaping the future of museums. Key themes include social impact, activism, collaborative working, co-curation, and participatory practice.

Each year Museum Ideas brings together a group of fascinating speakers and challenges them to share innovative ideas in concise, powerful talks.The aim is for delegates to be inspired by perspectives outside their own specialism and locality. What unites the conference is the quality and enthusiasm of contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.

With a progressive attitude and international approach, Museum Ideas is committed to sharing innovative ideas in museums globally. We are now inviting expressions of interest and proposals for Museum Ideas 2019 and are looking to share pioneering ideas that help spark transformative change.

Interested in speaking at Museum Ideas 2019? Please contact Gregory Chamberlain –

Your proposal should include the following information:

• A working title and synopsis – at this stage a brief paragraph is fine
• Your name, job title and organisation

The deadline for proposals is Thursday 31 January 2019.

Speakers at previous editions of the Museum Ideas have included: Chris Michaels, Digital Director, The National Gallery, London; Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums, UAE; Bonita Bennett, Director, District Six Museum, Cape Town; Whitney Donhauser, Director, Museum of the City of New York; Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art; Kaywin Feldman, Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Mark Miller, Convenor Young People’s Programmes, Tate Modern and Tate Britain; Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Director of Interpretation, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Rose Hiscock, Director, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney; Synthia Griffin, Curator: Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern; Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt; Elizabeth Cotton, Head of Human History, Auckland War Memorial Museum; Andrew Lewis, Data and Insights Architect, Natural History Museum; Jonas Heide Smith, Head of Digital, SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark; Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community and Access Programs, MoMA; Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Head of Collections, Science Museum, London; Peter Gorgels, Digital Communication Manager, Rijksmuseum; Pille Runnel, Research Director, Estonian National Museum; Kirsten Jensen, Audience Development Manager, Trapholt Museum, Denmark; JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital, Jewish Museum, New York; Ken Arnold, Creative Director, Medical Museion, Copenhagen; Gravity Goldberg, Associate Director of Public Programs, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Dan Hicks, Professor of Archaeology, University of Oxford; Jane Burton, Head of Content and Creative Director, Tate Media; Caryn Boehm, Creative Engagement Producer, Peabody Essex Museum; and Elizabeth Galvin, Leader, Digital Programmes Team, V&A.

“A conference for mind expanding conversations and international networking with a platform for shared discussions” – Martin Payne, The British Museum

Book Now – Early-Bird Registration Open
Register for Museum Ideas 2019 – with fresh insights you can take directly back to your team, the events will add tremendous value to your current work and are an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next. Super early-bird tickets start at £97.

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