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30 Sep 2016

MuseumNext Melbourne 2017 | call for conference proposals


MuseumNext is a global conference series on the future of museums, taking place in the world’s cultural capitals since 2009. MuseumNext is a catalyst for innovation, transformation and collaboration in museums, galleries and heritage sites, with more than 800 individuals from 32 countries joining us in 2015. We are now inviting proposals for MuseumNext Melbourne on the theme of ‘RISK’.

In February 2017 the conference will take place for the first time in Australia. With three days of presentations, workshops and debates at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

Every MuseumNext conference has a theme, around which our community comes together to discuss the future of museums. For MuseumNext Melbourne this theme is inspired by the values of ACMI which state ‘we enable a culture that embraces creative risk taking, supporting bold ideas and new voices with energy and commitment’.

We are now inviting proposals for MuseumNext Melbourne on the theme of ‘RISK’. We are specifically interested in opinions, case studies and discussions on the following subjects:

Encouraging risk taking
– How can museums reduce the fear of failure and encourage their staff to take chances in the face of uncertainty?

Doing bold and daring things – How have you taken risks in your museum? That could be stepping out of your comfort zone to with exhibits, content, audiences, outreach or tech.

Fail forward – How have you failed and what have you learned from this process?

If you feel that you have something to contribute on this theme, we invite you to take a risk and make a proposal to speak at our conference in Melbourne. MuseumNext follows a fast paced format of twenty-minute presentations with the focus very much on practice rather than theory.

In addition to 20 minute presentations, we are also inviting proposals for 2 hour workshops.

Proposals must contain the following information:
– The title of your presentation or workshop
– Name or names and contact details of those presenting
– Organisation(s)
– Summary of your presentation or workshop (no more than 500 words)
– Relevant links
– What you expect delegates to learn from your session

If you haven’t been before, we recommend that you look at our Vimeo channel that shares over 100 presentations.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is September 30th.

MuseumNext Melbourne will take place over 15-17 February 2017 at the ACMI. Limited availability Super Early Bird tickets are on sale now.