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Call for Papers: University Museums Research Symposium 2020
Deadline: 26th June 2020


This year’s symposium will reflect on the architectural heritage of universities, their deployment for the activities of the institution, the potentials of these historic structures in fostering academic research and education, and the challenges they present to their owners. The sub-themes of the symposium are developed to encourage personnel from across the university – faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate, estate management, development office – to participate in discussion, debate and reflection.

Architectural heritage as a pedagogical resource
Historical architecture on campus are landmarks in the institution’s history; steeped in the collective memories of students across generations, they enhance the sense of place while also serving as markers of the nation’s educational, social and political evolution. In what ways have the continued presence of these buildings sustained the traditions of the institution? How have they inspired studies across a range of disciplines?

Architectural preservation on university campuses
With newer available technologies for teaching and learning as well as more demanding users for spaces equipped with up-to-date climate control, acoustics and furnishing, what are the challenges that universities encounter in retrofitting their historic buildings to suit contemporary needs? In a setting where human resource capacity building is tuned towards modern construction materials and methods, are there sustainable strategies for the upkeep of architectural heritage?

Bequest of estates to universities
Bequest of an estate may take the form of an existent building or funding towards the construction of a purpose-made complex. What are the opportunities and challenges that such gifts present on various fronts such as finance, operations and public relations? How does the university achieve a balance of its own objectives for the estate and the expectations of stakeholders?

University archives as research resources
How have archival records about campus planning and architecture been useful as materials for understanding the history of an institution? On an operational level, what insights can architectural archives offer for the ongoing upkeep of built structures?

Format: 15-minute paper presentations
Submission deadline: 26 June 2020
Notification of acceptance: End August 2020
Please submit your proposal using the provided template to apru2020@nus.edu.sg

Programme details will be available in July 2020.

Registration opens in end July 2020.
Registration for the symposium is free.
There will be a charge for the welcome dinner and post conference tour to Melaka. Details will be
available when registration opens.

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