Museums in Society: Navigating Public Policy is the theme of the IMA Annual Conference to be held in Belfast on 27 February - 1 March 2015.
There is a call for papers for the Friday session (27 February). These are 15-minute presentations, in response to the overall theme as outlined below.
Taking as its title 'Museums in Society: Navigating Public Policy', the 2015 conference will examine how museums respond to, and negotiate, policy directions. It will focus in particular on museums' role in relation to social inclusion, education, economic regeneration, and tourism agendas.
Invited speakers and conference participants will share their experiences and expertise on the interdependent relationship between government bodies and museums: the ‘mirror and lamp' effect whereby public policies both reflect and guide the functions and missions of the museum and vice versa. The conference will examine how museums can better position themselves to reflect changes within society and in government policies, while at the same time performing their historical roles of custodianship, presentation and scholarship. How should museums approach the difficult task of fulfilling these multiple, and sometimes competing, functions.
Click here to email your submission - title, short bio (150 words max) and short abstract of presentation (180 words max) - to the IMA Administrator Gina O'Kelly by 10 November 2014.