Community engagement programme, Iziko Museums of South Africa

Call for papers on postcolonial museum practice

Yosola Olorunshola , 05.06.2019
Commonwealth Association of Museums plans triennial conference
The Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) has released a call for papers ahead of its triennial conference on the theme “Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures”.

The conference is scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9-14 March 2020. Sessions will investigate the ways in which museums can enact social change through decolonisation, reconciliation and community engagement.

The session themes include: decolonising the museum, legacies of empire, trauma and memory, human remains and sacred artefacts, community engagement, and reconciliation.

Interested participants are invited to submit a short proposal or abstract for papers, panels, short presentations, roundtables, posters and alternative formats such as performances or short films.

CAM is an international non-governmental organisation established in 1974 as a network of postcolonial museums throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. It reflects on colonial legacies and develops new international relationships and working practices.

The event consists of two pre-conference workshops, a three-day conference and a post-conference tour, with separate registration fees for each.

Papers should include a 250-word proposal/abstract and 100-word biography, and must be submitted by 30 June 2019. For further information contact Wendy Black, Rachel Erickson or Wendy Molnar: