Call for Papers
The European Academic Heritage Network UNIVERSEUM announces its 14th annual
meeting. UNIVERSEUM invites submissions of papers on academic heritage in its
broadest sense, tangible and intangible, namely the preservation, study, access and
promotion of university collections, museums, archives, libraries, botanical gardens,
astronomical observatories, and university buildings of historical, artistic and scientific
significance. The theme of the conference is ‘University heritage today: Beyond public
engagement?’, though papers on other topics are welcomed too. Post-graduate students
are especially encouraged to attend.
University heritage today: Beyond public engagement?
The creation, promotion and dissemination of knowledge in the arts, sciences and
humanities are the ultimate goal of universities. No doubt, university heritage — in all
its forms — exists to be accessible to diverse audiences both at local level and also to the
broader scientific community and the general public. However, the complexity of
university heritage encompasses a diversity of issues that rests beyond the public
sphere. Twenty years ago, when the university heritage movement began, there was a
sense of emergency, as many collections were abandoned and at risk. What are the main
concerns today? Does that sense of emergency still persist? What are the issues that
should be addressed in a Europe that is going through major social, political and cultural
debates and in a university that is also changing? In this conference, we welcome
experiences, case-studies and in-depth papers that help us identify more precisely the
nature and specificity of these issues and concerns.
The conference language is English. Paper presentations will be 15 min or 20 min. A
poster session will be also organized. A specific website will be provided soon with
accommodation details, a preliminary programme and the abstract template.
Please send abstract proposals of no more than 200 words to the email address below
before 28 February 2013. Include a short biography highlighting main research
interests (max. 50 words).
For proposals and inquiries, please contact:
UNIVERSEUM 2013 Chair
José Ramón Bertomeu, University of Valencia (Spain).
Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon (Portugal).
Laetitia Maison-Soulard, University Michel de Montaigne (France).
Pedro Ruiz-Castell, University of Valencia (Spain).
Sébastien Soubiran, University of Strasbourg (France).
Sofia Talas, University of Padua (Italy).