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New Book – Call for Papers: Academic Museums – Campus and Community

Call for submissions for inclusion in this forthcoming book being published by MuseumsEtc [] in late Spring of 2012.

College and university museums originated out of the desire to teach with, and learn from, original objects. These museums today aim to be active participants in the teaching life of their campus communities and vital sites for learning, interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, and professional training in many disciplines. Academic museums differ from their freestanding counterparts in that they can express their mandates in broader and more innovative ways. They can, for example, install exhibitions that explore controversial topics or artists under the “umbrella” of education. They can create small, focused shows with little pressure to produce blockbuster exhibitions. They can include campus voices in exhibitions, and foster critical dialogues within and beyond the classroom. And they can explore the teaching possibilities of a broad range of objects and exhibit those objects in new or unorthodox ways.

We welcome submissions – of between 2000 to 6000 words – that examine successful strategies, tactics and activities within the academic museum community internationally. We are particularly interested in practical experiences which are innovative or pioneering in nature, and which may be capable of being applied within the wider museum community.

Academic Museums will be edited by Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold, both of whom have long-standing professional interest and experience in the challenges and opportunities unique to academic museums.

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography to both the editors ( and the publishers (at by 31 December 2011. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses.

The full Call for Papers can be found here: where there is also a downloadable version.

Deadlines are as follows:

Abstracts: due 31 December 2011

Contributors notified: by 7 January 2012

Completed papers: due 25 February 2012

Topics might include but are not limited to:

* developing exhibitions that explore controversial topics or artists

* cultivating critical dialogues within and beyond the classroom

* engaging a diverse community and including campus voices in museum programming

* how a college/university museum is uniquely positioned for innovation, risk-taking, and challenging audiences

* the museum’s role as a site for interdisciplinary teaching and learning

* how the mission of the museum relates to, or conflicts with, the mission of the parent institution

* how trustees resolve the tension between preserving the museum’s collection and sustaining the broader educational mission

* the value and opportunities in object-based learning

* cultivating relationships with faculty across disciplines and helping them integrate a museum’s resources into their teaching

* building a collection appropriate to the educational institution and its audiences

* organizing exhibitions with faculty members and students

* how a college/university museum defines its role in the community

* the unique opportunities that academic museums offer for experiential learning and mentoring students

* fundraising and donor relations within a larger non-profit entity

* promoting the value of a museum to administrators and trustees

* how to successfully compete for funds

* securing outside grants as a museum with a parent organization

* case studies of recent or current innovative and pioneering programs

Graeme Farnell

Publisher, MuseumsEtc

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