Registration to the International Conference, Workshops and Ph.D. course in Museology. EXPLORING MUSEUM EXPERTISE

20-22d of November, 2013

Tromsø University Museum, Norway

Program Chairs: Anita Maurstad and Rossella Ragazzi


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Research cluster: MusVit: Museological Research Network, Norway

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A steadily increasing number of sciences are concerned with the processual and relational character of knowledge. Knowledge is produced. It emerges through the links between researchers, their research tools and what is being investigated as well as a series of environmental elements, in ways that challenge the concept of expertise. The metaphor of an authoritative researcher in a white lab coat has entrenched itself in many disciplines, but has also been replaced by researchers who are more reflexive towards the processes of discovery, actually to such an extent that the researchers themselves can be seen as part of the phenomena under investigation. These are challenges of considerable museological relevance. Museum institutions were first established in the 1700s, in advance of the universities in Norway, and were for a long time the institutions where scientific investigation was the goal and the role of researcher was straightforward and simple. The researchers spoke with authority, regarding both their field of research and often other fields as well. The role of expert gave them this status. But the museums are, and have long been, research institutions where researchers have had both greater and closer contact with the public than was commonly the case in other research institutions. 



The goal of the conference, workshop and PhD course, is to investigate expertise. How is the role of expert created and maintained in the processes of knowledge production at the museums? With the increasing demand for knowledge production that is problem focused, interdisciplinary and contextual, the question arises as to whether museum-experts alone must produce knowledge with academic staff, or if and how the environment itself must contribute with both knowledge and experience. What are the boundaries between experts among researchers, and experts among the public? The questions which the conference addresses are professionally challenging for museum researchers and at the same time can encourage the advance of research on the role of research in society.

With these challenges in mind, we invite both theoretical and empirical contributions dealing with the expertise concept.

To this end, we call for papers that address the conference themes, including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following:

Reconfiguring meaning of Expertise

Expertise models and/or case studies

Reconfiguring participation in museum practices

We welcome innovative and unpublished proposals on those themes. We like to invite disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations.



We invite proposals for different kinds of contributions. They can be proposals for academic conference papers, for roundtables that present a group of papers on one topic or theme, as well as workshops which focus pragmatically on a particular topic. All papers and presentations will be evaluated in a standard peer review form.

Deadlines:Submissions due:   July 10th, 2013 (Papers, Panels, PhD papers and Workshops)

Notification: before the end of September, 2013


Papers: (individual or groups) –1500 word maximum not including bibliography. Papers should include a summary and description of the work that highlight its relation to current research and its broader impacts. Moreover, a description of the methodological approach or the theoretical underpinnings informing the research. Conclusions or/and discussion of findings. Bibliography of works cited.

Roundtable: a description of 1000 words max. about the panel theme, plus an abstract of 500 words max. for each presentation, a statement indicating the nature of the discussion and the type of interaction, and a list of at the most four participants and one chair. We welcome some words on the type of presentation envisaged (screens, mixed media, talks, etc.).

Please note that the chair person conveying the roundtable, is meant to present the materials and participants, and he or she is responsible for the roundtable program.

Workshops:  There might be a limited number of workshops that will provide participants with in-depth, hands-on and/or creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these workshops. Proposals should be no more than 1500 words, and should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, structure, costs, equipment and minimal attendance required, as well as explaining its relevance to the conference as a whole. These proposals and all inquiries should be submitted as soon as possible to the Contact information (see below) within June 10, 2013.

Please submit your proposals via email to ROSSELLA RAGAZZI.  Email:

Publication of papers

 All papers accepted for presentation may be published in the Musvit’s Selected Papers Website ( if the contributors will allow it. Furthermore, the authors selected for submission on a future publication issue will be contacted after the conference.

Keynote speakers

Jennifer Barrett (confirmed) has published on museums, art, culture and the public sphere. Her current research examines the concept of universalism as it relates to museums, cultural practice and human rights. Her monograph, Museums and the Public Sphere, was published in 2011 (Wiley-Blackwell) and her co-authored monograph with Jacqueline Millner, Australian Artists in the Museum, will be published in 2013 (Ashgate Publishing). Between 2000 and 2011 she was Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney and is currently Pro Dean Academic in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

 Robert Evans (confirmed), Reader at Cardiff School of Social Sciences. Research Cluster: “SEE”: Studies on Expertise & Experience. He is authors, in association with Harry Collins, of the seminal “Rethinking Expertise” (University of Chicago press 2007).    The research addresses questions of expertise by examining the ways in which knowledge –scientific and lay- is developed, used, combined and contested. Emphasis is put on both,  dynamics of specific controversies and the nature of expertise in general.

Nick Poole (confirmed), Collection Trust, chief of Executive. Responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organization. Chair of ICOM U.K., among others. He has published in U.K. and worldwide on subjects relating to collections, management and the legal, economic and ethical issues relating to delivering collection-based services. He is regular lecturer at the university of Leicester, University of East Anglia and University of College London.


Contact information:

Rossella Ragazzi, Tromsø University Museum



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