The conference theme is Where are the borders? Challenges in Nordic Museology. We welcome presentations from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. Students and early career scholars are also encouraged to participate. Our aim is to create dialogue between today’s and future museology and its practitioners.

The conference languages are Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English.

Conference theme and presentation formats

Nordic countries are considered to be prime examples of good cooperation and neighbourly relations. However there are, and have been, many different kinds of borders as well. Historically, we have fought for national borders and self-determination. Today we have cultural borders, different ethnic groups, and language barriers. Emigration has been a major phenomenon and migration within and between the Nordic countries continues. Immigration, marginalization and polarization are major social issues in all Nordic countries. Social class and gender can also create borders.

Museums can be a facilitator and forum for crossing borders. What do the historical and cultural borders and neighboring relations mean for Nordic museum operations and collections? Are there also museological borders? Where are the borders for the individual employee? What about power and ethics?

  • Are there borders also within and between museums?
  • How are borders defined in an art museum or in a cultural history museum, for example?
  • Which border phenomena have visibility?
  • How do these borders affect the collections? What new borders arise during the musealization process?
  • Where are the borders between knowledge and entertainment? Is there room for scientific work?
  • Can museums decide their borders for themselves? To what extent are the borders determined by the public and different interest groups?
  • What challenges does the Nordic vision encounter in museums in the 2020s?

Presentations can take the form of a PowerPoint presentation, a panel debate or a poster. Suggestions of other forms of presentation are also welcome. Please state in your abstract the type of presentation you are aiming for. The length of a PowerPoint presentation is 15 minutes, and panel debate 40 minutes. A panel should consist of a moderator and max 3 other discussants from at least 2 different countries.

Submitting paper proposals

  • The length of the abstract proposal is max 400 words, and should contain the presentation title and 3–10 key words
  • Please submit paper proposals by 22 February 2018 using the EasyChair Submission page
  • The submission page opens 4 December 2017, and closes 22 February 2018 
  • You will find help in submitting your text using EasyChair here
  • Approved abstracts will be publicised on the conference webpage and programme.

Any questions should be sent to the conference email-adress: NMAHelsinki@helsinki.fi.

Please note that the deadline for submissions was 22 February 2018.