We invite you to submit papers to one of the sessions below. Papers in the thematic sessions 1, 2 and 3 need to present an argument that can be discussed. Descriptive presentations can be submitted to the poster session (session 4).

1. Thematic Sessions

a. Connecting Collections: general call
Oral 15-min papers followed by 5 min discussion

In our times, the ways of using university collections are constantly changing. It is a challenge to stimulate and increase use for contemporary research, education, representation and display. It is also a challenge to use collections across different disciplines (e.g. natural history collections used in humanities and social sciences, scientific instruments and illustrations used in history of design or social history, etc). Why is this so difficult and which new angles should we be considering?

b. Connecting the collections with research and education
Oral 15-min papers followed by 5 min discussion

In the last few years we have seen an increased demand by university boards to demonstrate the use of collections as resources for research and education. Many university collections that originated and then dissociated from teaching and research are now re-connected to education and scientific investigation. Did the collections find their way back into the labs and the curriculum? How do new ways of object based learning and research give new meanings to collections?

2. Thematic in-depth special session on Connecting library, archival and museum collections
5-min papers (max. 6), followed by in-depth debate

Often, divisions within the university collections are constructed:  objects with objects, books with books, documents with documents. What are the benefits of (re)connecting them? And what about collections that contain books and objects as well as archival documents? Also there are so called “documentary collections” such as photography, lanternslides, film and catalogues. These are somewhat overlooked within the academic heritage sector, while these collections contain a wealth of information. In this session we want to discuss how by (re)connecting these types of collections, they can be of better use for teaching, research and for presentation to a wider audience.

3. Thematic in-depth special session on Connecting the collections to the public
5-min papers (max. 6), followed by in-depth debate

How do you connect collections with the general public? Around 2010 museum director Nina Simone coined the phrase “the participatory Museum” – as a way of reconnecting with audiences. Scientific collections have always been generated by experts outside of the public domain. Our challenge is to use these collections in different contexts, in different eras, for different purposes and different audiences. What role do we give ‘the general public’ (if there is such a thing as ‘the general public”) in our activities? Are they merely consumers of our products or do they have a stake in developing new meaning and uses?

4. Poster Session

In the poster session, we invite presentations of scientific programs, technical issues of and around collections such as storage, preservation and documentation, as well as descriptions of museums, collections and other heritage. Presentations of cultural projects and questions related to the promotion of university heritage are also welcome.

The conference language is English. Post‐graduate students are encouraged to present.

You can download the template for the abstract here.

Abstracts for session 1, 2 and 3 need to include:

i) introduction/problematic/context, ii) main arguments/methods, iii) results or discussion. Abstracts for posters can be more descriptive. The identification of questions and issues for broad in-depth debate are most welcome.

Please send abstract proposals (max 200 words), with an indication of the session you are submitting, plus a short biographical note highlighting main research interests and field of professional experience (max. 50 words) to the following email address before 28 February 2016: e.boeles@uva.nl