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Call for Papers: Congress “Cultural Coordinates in Present-Day Museology: Five Neologisms”
Deadline: 25th June, 2021

Docomomo International would like to share the Call for Papers for the Congress “Cultural Coordinates in Present-Day Museology: Five Neologisms”, which will be held on 14th and 15th October, 2021.


Aims and objectives of the Conference

At its meeting 139a (Paris, 2019), the Executive Committee of the ICOM proposed that museums should be defined as “democratised, inclusive and polyphonic spaces”. The Committee also considered that in the light of today’s conflicts and challenges, museums should “care for artefacts and specimens for society, safeguard multiple memories for future generations and guarantee equality of rights and access to cultural heritage for all peoples.” In the light of these future challenges defined by an international organisation, rethinking the museum today means providing tools that make it possible to respond with the highest degree of democratic commitment to the societal challenges of contemporary culture, manifested both in the immediate community and on a much larger scale, through transnational projection and digital innovation. It is precisely here in the present day that the limits of museums – represented by the physical limits of their display spaces – lose significance in order to necessarily open themselves out towards their urban, social and, in a latent sense, human surroundings with the intention of assuming a more actively participative role in the life of their communities and of society in general. Present-day museology is thus working to redefine its disciplinary limits, respond to demands such as those of “transparency” and “sustainability”, for example, and strengthen the participation and inclusion of all members of society. This transformative process will also be accompanied by new museographical narratives.

The International Conference Cultural Coordinates in present-day museology: Five neologisms is aimed at research that focuses on analysing the contemporary museological discourse and its effects on cultural communication. Numerous questions arise, for example, regarding curatorial practices, the new formulas of knowledge transmission, museology’s potential contributions to social cohesion, the mediation made possible by the new technologies and the critical contribution to be expected concerning issues such as gender demands, environmental sustainability and others. The sections are headed by the corresponding neologisms into which the themes that are the subject of debate and analysis are divided.

Lines of work

The thematic guidelines are organised into five sections which, as the conference’s title indicates, correspond to five neologisms:

1. Demomuseum: inclusion and democracy.
2. Exomuseum: sociability and sustainability.
3. E-museum: the digital scope.
4. Museosophy: theories of the museum, museum spaces and curatorial practices.
5. Hypermuseum: museographical innovations and mutability of accounts.

In the definitive programme the themes may be ordered differently but will maintain the division of the five indicated panels. Proposals for papers must conform to one of the thematic areas set out here.


Museum professionals and members of the academic community engaged in museological studies are invited to contribute papers to this event. The conference is open to proposals from PhD students, those already holding a PhD who are at the start of their academic careers and professionals and academics with longer career paths. The conference is intended to be an inter-generational academic encounter.

Presentation of papers

All those who would like to present a paper should send in their proposal, comprising a title and summary of contents (maximum 700 words), as well as a short curriculum vitae (maximum 300 words), in pdf format before 25 June 2021, to the following e-mail: congreso.coordenadas@museodelprado.es.

When sending the proposal please include the name of the sender in the subject header of the e-mail.

Acceptance or refusal of the proposals will be communicated by e-mail in a maximum of 20 days. The Academic Committee will decide on acceptances on 15 July. After that date and once the papers have been selected the programme will be compiled. The publication of the congress program is scheduled on 15 September, at which point the enrolment period will open.

The selected papers will be presented as a talk that can last for no more than 20 minutes. A computer, projector and screen will be available to those requiring them.

It is intended to publish the papers presented.

Spanish is the preferred language for the talks and debates but any other lengua franca of the European Union can be used (English, French, Italian, German). Similarly, the papers can be sent in Spanish or any other of the languages specified here. Papers must conform to the guidelines of length and editing that will be specified at the appropriate moment.

More information on Museu del Prado website.