"The Status of Museums' Research" Conference: CALL FOR PAPERS
International conference organized by the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections will be held on December 3 & 4, 2021. The event will provide us with an opportunity to see broadly understood research and discursive activities taken up by museums (studies on the collections and artistic culture, organization of exhibitions) in the context of academic research.
online / Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź
The conference is intended to explore museums as places where knowledge is created by trying to consider the differences between museums and universities. Asking the question about the status of knowledge at art museums, whether it is expert knowledge or not, will be crucial in this context. How do exhibition projects position themselves in the world of science? Are they discriminated because they are temporary by nature? Or, perhaps, quite the opposite, they serve to bridge a gap in a traditional approach to the dissemination of research. We would like to discover projects of what kind are being carried out in art institutions in Poland and in other countries. We also hope that the conference will allow us to confront diverse perspectives on and interpretations of research effort undertaken at museums. Against this background, it appears crucial to ensure recognition of research conducted at museums at legal and formal levels, mainly by examining limitations imposed by the currently binding regulations and comparing them with solutions adopted in other countries.
The conference will also be an opportunity to reflect upon searches for an ideal model of modus operandi of a museum as an institution dealing with research and using its outcomes in the context of science and research organizational framework that has been put in place in Poland after 1989. In the Interwar period (1918-1939) Mieczysław Treter defined museums as scientific institutions in which „thanks to a systematic arrangement of specimens collected in a planned and skillful way and properly conserved the whole of human knowledge, or alternatively its one branch, of the nature of the universe or of man and his civilization or culture, is manifested” (M. Treter, Muzea współczesne. Studium muzeologiczne. Początki, rodzaje, istota i organizacja muzeów. Publiczne zbiory muzealne w Polsce i przyszły ich rozwój [Contemporary Museums. Museological Study. Beginnings, Types, Essence and Organization of Museums. Public Museum Collections in Poland and Their Future Development], Warsaw 2019). Looking from our contemporary perspective, seeing museums as purely scientific and research institutions is neither realistic nor welcome. Wishing to give shape to the predicted development of scientific contexts of museum activities we will also focus on aspects of democratization of science in museums and on the expansion of the structure of knowledge production.
The conference will be a good moment to introduce this year's edition of ”Muzealnictwo” [Museology] scientific journal, which discusses aspects of scientific activities carried out by museums and in itself is an example of research efforts of an institution of culture, i.e., the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections, the co-organizer of the conference.
We invite you to send abstracts (max, A4-format page) of papers you wish to be presented at the conference along with author biographical note to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline for abstracts is September 19, 2021. CFP results will be announced in September 2021. The conference will be held on December 3 & 4, 2021 in a hybrid format (online and in-person participation in the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź).
The co-organizer of the conference is the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections: