Call for Papers, IMA Forums 2017: Military Collections (CFP)

Posted: Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Irish Museums Association would like to invite practitioners to submit papers for the Collections forum. An annual event, in 2017 the forum will focus on military heritage collections, presenting case studies with the aim of discussing and sharing curatorial best practice. The submission deadline is noon, Friday 20 October, 2017.

Forum Date: Tuesday, 14 November, 2017
Forum Location: National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

Convened by Lar Joye, National Museum of Ireland and Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association.

Forum Brief

Our museums' collections hold significant artefacts relating to the defence forces in Ireland, acting as a bridge between these and the communities they serve. Of extraordinary depth, the breadth of these collections encompass key periods of history and disciplines. They are important educational and research tools that enable us to understand the importance of the defence forces in the past and their relevance in the present.

However, they have their own special requirements and can raise many complex emotional and ethical issues. With changing perceptions of warfare, how do they depict the reality of combat and rise to the challenge of presenting controversial histories?

Additionally, many of military museums can have access issues, both intellectual and physical, and this forum will endeavour to discuss how our museums face and surmount the limitations they are faced with.

By exchanging practical knowledge and experience, the forum will aim to examine the role of military museums and aspects of museum practice such as display and contemporary interpretation.

About the Collections Forum:

The Collections Forum is held each Autumn/Winter and focuses on bringing together curators, collection management and technical staff and conservators to discuss and disseminate information on different collection materials held in our museums: Photographic (2012), Textile (2013), Industrial and Working Artefacts (2014); Natural History Collections (2015); Library Collections (2016).

From discussing resources to individual projects, the IMA forums provide an informal platform to share findings and engage with colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural institutions. They are intended as a place for critical engagement, where a lasting contribution can be made to the improvement of museum standards. A selection of papers is published in the Museum Ireland Journal.

Proposing a paper:

Submissions must be sent by noon, Friday 20 October, 2017 to Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association at and must contain:

Full name, job title and institution (if applicable)
Email address and telephone number
Personal Biography (150 words max)
Proposed Title of presentation
Presentation Abstract (200 words max)

The forum will consist of short papers - 15 minutes duration - with ample time for discussion. Speakers must be available to present in person on 14 November, 2017. The language of the forum is English. Papers are selected by a panel of museum professionals and educators. Detailed information on the members of the panel and selection criteria is available on request.

For more information on previous forums and activities of the Irish Museums Association, please click on the links in the side bar.