Call for Papers: Museological Review Issue 23: (Dis)empowered Museums

Museological Review Issue 23: (Dis)empowered Museums

 Museological Review is an online peer-reviewed journal, published annually by the PhD community of the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. We are now inviting you to submit your research to reflect on our theme.

The theme for Museological Review Issue 23 is ‘(Dis)empowered Museums’. As an active response to the 7th PhD-led conference ‘Museums (em)Power’ (13th – 14th September, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester), we invite people to reflect on the power of museums today.

Museums have the power to influence behaviours, foster change, improve lives and establish partnerships between different individuals and communities. Nevertheless, some would argue that museums are gradually losing their power. Disempowerment can be traced back to several factors, from financial restrictions to the current political situation. A very recent example is the Brazil’s National Museum fire, where insufficient financial resources from the Brazilian government was a significant factor in the permanent loss of invaluable museum collections.

What does power (or lack of power) in museums look like today? And how does this impact their social role?

We welcome submissions around the topic of museums and power, whether that be empowerment or disempowerment. Topics include, but are not limited to:

-        Museums and contested histories

-        Re-interpretation and/or repatriation projects

-        Activist practices in cultural institutions

-        Decolonising the museum

-        Diversity, representation and inclusion in museums

-        The role of social media/activist campaigns

-        Museums without collections and permanent displays

-        Participatory museums

-        Radical museology

-        Museums and political attitudes

There are several ways to engage with Museological Review this year: an academic article, an exhibition or book review, a visual submission. Please see the attached document for more information.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts/reviews/visual depictions is Monday 3rd November 2018, 17:00 GMT. Submissions can be:

· emailed to:
· uploaded through the online form:

The authors of the selected abstracts will be contacted by the editorial team in late-November 2018. The deadline for the submission of the final articles is mid-January 2019.

Art on the Move: Mobility in the long nineteenth century conference

12-13 January 2018, Birmingham (Ikon Gallery and Barber Institute)

Keynotes: Pamela Fletcher (Bowdoin) and Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Centre for the Study of Social Science, Calcutta)

Registration is now open for this 2-day conference exploring visual art and its nineteenth-century mobility. To register, and for the full programme, please visit:

Postgraduate funding opportunity:

Publishers Taylor and Francis have generously offered a Bursary for a postgraduate student (currently enrolled in MA or PhD courses anywhere in the world) to attend the conference. The Bursary is offered in memory of Helene Roberts (1925–2008), former editor of the journal Visual Resources. All conference expenses to the Bursary holder will be waived and they will receive a contribution of £150 for their travel and accommodation. In addition, the Bursary holder will have the opportunity to write a 500-1,000 words conference report for Visual Resources

If you are interested in applying to the Helene Roberts Bursary, please write to the conference’s email address ( by Monday 18th December 2017, with the subject heading “Helene Roberts Bursary”, and a 250 word statement on how the conference intersects with your research interests.

Please contact the conference organisers, Barbara Pezzini and Kate Nichols, for any further information.

Antique Dealer Project Conference

The British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century - A Cultural Geography

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

14 and 15 April 2015

This two-day conference is an opportunity to hear about the AHRC funded 32 month research project focused on the history of the British Antique Trade in the 20th century, and a celebration and thank you to the many participants in the project.

Full programme click here

Flyer here                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Book online here

Enquiries: or 0113 343 8919

Anatomical Modelling Symposium, Royal College of Surgeons, 30 January 2016

Covering the full scope of anatomical modelling across multiple materials and species, this study day offers the opportunity to learn more about the design, creation and use of anatomical models. Delegates will also have the opportunity to engage with makers and modellers to discover the creative process involved in the modern creation of anatomical models. Featuring speakers from across the heritage sector and a keynote by Dr Elizabeth Hallam; editor of the new RCS volume Designing Bodies: Models of Human Anatomy from Wax to Plastics (

Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hallam (Aberdeen/Oxford), Miranda Lowe (Natural History Museum), Dr Anna Maerker (Kings College London), Annette Townsend (National Museums Wales), Eleanor Crook (Sculptor), Clare Rangeley (Modeller). Chair: Dr Sam Alberti (RCS).

See full details including programme and abstracts:

Tickets £38/£26 (concessions: students, RCS fellows, members & affiliates.) Includes all refreshments and delegates lunch. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.

Royal College of Surgeons of England, London WC2A 3PE


On 27 October the Museums and Galleries History Group held its Annual General Meeting at the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2015, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Head of Collections David Morris gave us a fascinating talk on the Clough Collection of Prints and the innovative ways in which they were displayed at the then Whitworth Institute. David then kindly led us on a tour around the building, taking in both the refurbished historic spaces and the impressive new galleries and educational facilities. 

Look out for forthcoming announcements about the MGHG 2016 Conference and exciting new content for members on the website.