AAC: University heritage today: Beyond public engagement?

A call for Papers for the XIV UNIVERSEUM Network Meeting (Before 28 February): « University heritage today: Beyond public engagement? »

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).

López Piñero Institute for the History of Medicine and Science (University of Valencia), Spain, 6–8 June 2013

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