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DEADLINE EXTENDED Interdisciplinary Symposium: Diversity in Small/Midsize Museums

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Posted by: Asheville Art Museum
Deadline: Mon, January 6th, 2020

Diversity in Small/Midsize Museums
Call for Papers | Interdisciplinary Symposium | April 4, 2020

The Asheville Art Museum’s 2020 interdisciplinary symposium reflects on the theme of Diversity in Small/Midsize Museums. The Museum invites undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines to submit papers that consider the importance of diverse staffs, collections, storytelling, programming, audiences, and more for small to midsize public institutions (e.g. art/history/natural history museums, science centers, historic houses, zoos, botanical gardens). Students may present papers written for class, report on projects they contributed to during internships, or introduce original research.

Potential points of exploration include but are not limited to:
--How is diversity defined? Does that definition hold true for every community/institution?
--What is the importance of diversity for staffs/volunteers? Collections? Storytelling/interpretation? Programs/events? Constituents/visitors/members?
--How have institutions addressed questions of diversity? What are some success stories, and/or some efforts that provide teaching moments?

Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in any discipline at an accredited institution of higher learning at the time of submission.

Selection Process
Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee made up of Museum staff and community partners. Papers will be selected based on relevance to topic, clarity of concept, new/original contributions to the national conversation around diversity in the museum field, and other criteria.

The symposium takes place onsite at the Asheville Art Museum. Honoraria and partial travel allowances are provided for authors of selected papers.

Time Limits
Paper presentations for undergraduates are limited to 10 minutes; paper presentations for graduate students are limited to 15 minutes. The moderator will invite Q&A for 5 minutes following each paper presentation.

No later than January 5, 2020, visit to upload a 300-word abstract and your CV/resume.

Posted on Wed, December 4th, 2019
Expires on Mon, January 6th, 2020

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