Museums have no borders,
they have a network
November 16, 2022
All proposals submitted will be assessed for suitability, and if chosen, the subsequent articles will go through a double-blind peer review process. The issue is expected to be published, in collaboration with Taylor&Francis/Routledge, in December 2023.
As environmental protestors bring their activism into major international art galleries, the museum sector cannot ignore the many pressing social, economic and environmental issues affecting humanity and the biosphere. What is needed to make a sustainable museum in the 21st century? How can museums actively contribute to sustainable communities? Is our own museum practice implicated in actions that may harm the planet? How can museums participate in, and even lead, the transformations necessary for both humans and our planet to survive and thrive?
Museums, sustainability and sustainable development
In a world facing socio-ecological collapse, museums have a pivotal role in building local responses and collective approaches that promote a range of mutually supporting sustaining practices for a habitable world. For the next issue of Museum International, we invite authors to send proposals that reflect on the multiple understandings and experiences of the roles of museums in relation to sustainability and sustainable development both locally and globally.
We recognize that the notion of sustainability has different meanings depending on national context and the local economic rationale, while sustainable development captures all three social, economic, and environmental dimensions, enshrined in the fundamental principles of the United Nationa’ Agenda 2020 function as a framework to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the five (5) ‘P’s (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership). Furthermore, some museums are taking into consideration the concept of sustaining practices more broadly, through engagement with indigenous practices attuned to living ecosystems.
Sustainability and Sustainable development have different interpretations globally that lead to different actions, depending on local priorities. We therefore encourage authors to express a range of ideas about sustainability and sustainable development, including their critique, and how these can and might relate to museums’ activities and the communities they serve – what should and could these encompass in the context of museums? It is crucial for both ICOM and the wider museum sector to discuss a range of perspectives, policies and practices.
We welcome a diversity of submissions that can inform the sector on what is being done or emerging in this sphere and also develop inspirational ideas for future practice.
We encourage the authors to share different perspectives of museum practices and actions through which museums contribute to or even drive the shift towards a sustainably developed future. We welcome contributions that address the following non-exhaustive list of topics:
Submission process
Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words, written in English, French or Spanish, should be submitted for selection to
Contributions will be on a voluntary basis.
The following information should be included with the abstract:
The abstract submission deadline is 16 January 2023.
The abstracts received will be examined on a blind review basis by a panel of experts on the topic.
Museum International is currently published in English and Chinese only. However, proposals in the other two official languages of ICOM (French and Spanish) will also be considered. If your abstract is selected, we will send you guidelines for your full article, which you will be given approximately two months to complete. You may also submit your full article in either English, French or Spanish.
Abstract structure for Museum International articles:
An abstract is a summary of the journal manuscript.
It should be no longer than 250-300 words and provide a succinct overview of the article.
The abstract should read as a standalone document.
Abstracts sent to Museum International should include the following sections:
1/Introduction: describes the overall topic dealt with in the article and provides background to the study.
2/Research question(s)/Critical issue(s): explains the key research question or critical issue, by stating the problem addressed. It should also highlight the gap in existing research on the topic.
3/Innovation: explains the approach to the research question/issue, and the new perspective adopted.
4/Methodology: explains how the research was carried out (e.g. case studies, interviews, etc.) or the means used to address the critical issue.
5/Conclusion: outlines the impact of the research or the outcome of addressing the critical issue, and why the findings/outcomes are important.
6/Selected references: a selection of the references that will be cited in the article.
Conoce a Emma Nardi, Presidenta del ICOM🌐👋

Emma Nardi fue elegida presenta del ICOM por la 37a Asamblea General, convocada en el marco de la Conferencia General celebrada en Praga.

Oct 7
Rencontrez la Présidente de l'ICOM 🌐👋 Emma Nardi

Emma Nardi a été élue présidente de l’ICOM par la 37e Assemblée générale, convoquée dans le cadre de la Conférence générale à Prague.

Oct 7
#Meet_ICOM President Emma Nardi 🌐👋

Emma Nardi was elected as ICOM President by the 37th General Assembly, convened in the framework of the General Conference in Prague.

Oct 7
💙We thank you for attending #ICOMPrague2022. Without your contributions, we could not accomplish this milestone in ICOM history, the first hybrid #ICOMGeneralConference! 🔆We appreciate your time to fill in Satisfactory survey, which will help us to move forward to the next step.

💡How to complete the #ICOMPrague2022 survey?📩

1. Go to ICOM Virtual platform 🖱️ link in bio
2. Log in User zone
3. Choose Survey button
4. ✍️Fill in the survey

The survey takes around 5️⃣ min and you will receive the #participation certificate upon completion📜

Oct 3
In 2022, ICOM became a member of the #ClimateHeritage Network, a voluntary mutual support network committed to tackling #ClimateChange and achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement by mobilising arts, culture, and #heritage communities.

🌾ICOM’s active participation in the network, as a steering committee member, allows us to show solidarity and work together with like-minded organisations while promoting the role of #museums in #ClimateAction and #Sustainability. @fridaysforfuture

🌿Collective actions with numerous #culture sector partners are currently being planned to ensure high visibility for #museums during a side event at #Mondiacult2022 (Mexico, Sep 2022) and through activities linked to #COP27 (Egypt, Nov 2022). @cop27_egypt

🌻link in bio
Sep 23
As museums evolve amidst a changing society and fluctuating public policies, so do their social responsibilities.

#Museums, by addressing contemporary societal issues, past and current injustices as well as difficult histories, have an important role to play in supporting #peace and human rights.

They can do so by becoming a space for dialogue among and between diverse communities, and by fostering creative problem-solving. ICOM and its network seek to promote these discussions through mobilizing the international museum community and its many stakeholders.

Sep 21
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