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From H-Museum:

Call for Papers

12th International Conference Culture & Power University of Oviedo, Spain September 26 - 28, 2007

Cultural theory at the end of the 20th Century claimed that there would be an end to all metanarratives. That end does not seem to be forthcoming in the present age, as new and old forms of manufacturing truth and emplotting history continue to affect our representations of the world.

This conference invites papers that address this topic from a variety of positions within Cultural Studies. We welcome papers dealing specifically with issues such as the following:

- cultural studies as a history of the present
- historiographic metafiction
- cultural studies and gender
- history as trauma
- current historical plots
- historic fabrications
- myth-making and cultural history
- cultural criticism of history writing
- historiographic discourse analysis
- the commodification and consumpton of history conspiracy theory in the media
- the composition of alternative histories herstory, history and gender
- populist history versus academic history
- genealogies of cultural history
- historicising globalisation
- contemporary historical genres
- criticism of historical identities

Completed papers (max. 2,500 words) should be ready by MAY 31, 2007. They must be submitted together with a 200-word abstract. A selection of the accepted papers will be published in a monograph after the conference.
Papers can be presented in English or Spanish.

Enquiries may be sent to the organisers, Dr. Rubén Valdés Miyares ( ) and Dra. Carla Rodríguez González ( )

More information:


International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meetings Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 24-26, 2007

The bi-annual International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meetings (ICHIM) have --since 1991-- explored cultural heritage informatics on a global scale, with a strong focus on policy, infrastructure and economic issues.
They are attended by senior cultural, governmental, academic and publishing professionals, including library, archives and museum directors and managers, and cultural policy advocates and analysts.

You are invited to participate in the 2007 edition of the International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meetings. Topics of interest include:

Heritage Information & Society
* Policy
* Law
* Economics and Funding
* Convergence of Institutions

Technologically Mediated Heritage
* Resources
* Public Programs
* Services
* Collaborations

Cultural Knowledge
* Acquisition
* Retrieval
* Preservation

Digital Heritage
* Digital Art
* Representations
* Delivery methods
* Evaluation

Organizational Policy
* Best Practices
* Impacts
* Innovations

Cultural Heritage Information Systems
* Research
* Prototypes and Models
* Innovative Design
* Applications
* Architectures
* Networks

Education and Infrastructures
* Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
* Educating Cultural Heritage Informatics Professionals

Session Formats
ICHIM meetings include formal papers, round table discussions, seminars, workshops, project briefings and demonstrations. Those interested in participating are encouraged to describe what they wish to convey and to whom; if accepted, the Program Committee will suggest an appropriate delivery format.

Deadline for Proposals: April 30, 2007.
Submit your proposal using our on-line form. See

ICHIM07 Program Committee
Co-Chairs: David Bearman and Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics
* Maxwell Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
* David Arnold, University of Brighton, UK
* Liam Bannon, University of Limerick, Ireland
* Jean François Chougnet, Berardo Museum of Contemporary Art, Portugal
* Susan Chun, Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
* Costis Dallas, Panteion University, and PRC Group SA, Greece
* David Dawson, MLA, UK
* Wendy Duff, University of Toronto, Canada
* Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Kati Geber, Canadian Heritage information Network, Canada
* Margaret Hedstrom, University of Michigan, USA
* Harald Kraemer, Universitry of Bern, Switzerland
* Ottmar Moritsch, Technisches Museum Wien, Austria
* Xavier Perrot, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, France
* Peter Sigmond, Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands
* Jane Sledge, National Museum of the American Indian, USA
* Kevin Sumption, Powerhouse Museum, Australia
* Nicole Vallières, McCord Museum, Canada
* Christabel Wright, Dept of Communications, IT and Arts, Australia

To learn more about ICHIM, see past papers on-line at

International Symposium

The Memory of Nations?
New National Historical and Cultural Museums: Conceptions, Realizations and Expectations German Historical Museum, Berlin March 14 - 16 2007

In the summer of 2006 the German Historical Museum opened its permanent exhibition on German history, thereby concluding a twenty years long process of preparation that had continually pursued the question of how to present history in the present.
Yet this museum project in Berlin was by no means a singular event. In many other highly developed industrial states the 1980s saw the founding of new national historical and cultural museums whose conceptions differed markedly from those of the extant national history museums, which had predominantly been founded in the 19th century. The focus was no longer on depicting the nation’s past as a time of glory but rather on the concern with elucidating the heights and depths of history and of the cultural past by means of original historical materials, thereby presenting the political, social and economic developments in all their diverse complexity. In this way divergent perspectives on history are meant to contribute to a better comprehension of historical processes and to further insight and understanding. This also includes knowledge about the past relations among nations, which is of great significance for the understanding of current international developments.

The wave of new national historical and cultural museums founded in the 1980s provoked an intense demand among visitors, thus confirming the correctness of the political and cultural intentions involved in founding them. The new conceptions of these museums have responded to societal needs with convincing strategies. Sociological and museological approaches have placed these museum developments in the context of the theory of a “Second Modernity” / “Second modern Age” (Reflexive Modernization) characterized by a dissolution of the values of the industrialized world’s modernity and in contrast, characterized by an awareness of the limits of growth, ecological problems on a global scale, globalization, alternatives to gainful employment, the receding significance of the nation-state, the dissolution of binding structures and the internationalization of everyday life. Instead individualization and the search for sustainable strategies for the development of the earth take on greater significance. In this situation of the rapid loss of tradition, the need for knowledge of the past and active engagement with it has become an important criterion of cultural education and of the stabilization of identity.

At the beginning of the 21st century new developments are beginning to make themselves apparent in other national museums as well. With the political changes in the socialist states of Europe, the economic and to some extent also societal liberalization of East Asian societies as well as the end of apartheid and dictatorship in other parts of the globe, the process of the 80s is asserting itself belatedly in these regions as well. Furthermore a re-thinking of other genres of museum in the direction of historical orientation can also be seen.

The international symposium is firstly to draw a balance: the national museums from the 1980s will present their purpose and realization, successes and failures, conflicts, visitor acceptance, new challenges and further conceptual developments.
Secondly, the symposium is to offer the national museums that are presently undergoing reorganization a platform to present their plans and expectations. Finally the symposium is to clarify whether and how the newly conceived museums succeed in acting as the memory of nations in order to be accepted as such by the visitors.

Conference languages: English and German Application obligatory


14 March 2007
Public event

19.00 Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Dr. Hans Ottomeyer
Generaldirektor, Deutsches Historisches Museum

Historical Consciousness and Cultural Policy Prof. Dr. Hermann Schäfer, Ministerialdirektor bei Director General with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Chair governing body of the German Historical Museum

15 March 2007

The wave of newly founded historical and cultural museums in the 1980s:
Mission, Realization and Balance
Moderation: Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, Berlin

9.00 German History in its International Context The German Historical Museum Prof. Dr. Hans Ottomeyer Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

10.00 Japan Faces its Past. National History in the Museum
Prof. Dr. Tsuneo Yasuda
National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura/Chiba bei Tokyo

11.00 Break

11.30 Canadian Identity and Global Environment
Dr. Victor Rabinovitch
President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, Ottawa

12.30 Break

14.00 Cultural Diversity: a new Look on Australia
Mathew Trinca
Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia, Canberra

15.00 Doubled Gaze: New Zealand’s bi-cultural View on History
Dr. Seddon Bennington
Chief Executive, National Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

16.00 Break

16.30 Tour of the permanent exhibition on German history
Prof. Dr. Hans Ottomeyer, DHM, Dr. Hans-Jörg Czech, DHM

18.00 End

16 March 2007

Historical and Cultural Museums in the 21st Century: Plans and Expectations
Moderation: Dr. Hans-Jörg Czech

10.00 The Dutch Golden Age: the History through Art The New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Prof. Ronald de Leeuw Generaldirektor, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

11.00 Russia Discovers its Centuries-Old History
Dr. Alexander I. Shkurko
Generaldirektor, State Historical Museum, Moscow

12.00 Break

12.30 Who belongs to the Nation?
Agnès Arquez-Roth
Development and Networking
Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris

13.30 Break

15.00 Poland’s Plans for a National History Museum
Robert Kostro
Founding Director, Warsaw

16.00 National History Museums – the Memory of the Nations in the 21st Century?
Prof. Dr. Christoph Stölzl, Founding Director of the German Historical Museum and former Cultural and Academic Senator in Berlin, Member of the Villa Griesebach auction-house management in discussion with German journalists:

18.00 End

Conception and Academic Organisation
Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Tel.: (+49 30) 20 30 4-150
Fax: (+49 30) 20 30 4-152

Location of the Conference
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Cinema at the Arsenal
Am Zeughaus
10117 Berlin

Conference Office
Angéla DeGroot
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Tel.: (+49 30) 20 30 4-151
Fax: (+49 30) 20 30 4-152

Public Transportation
U6 Französische Straße und Friedrichstraße
U2 Hausvogteiplatz
City train Friedrichstraße und Hackescher Markt Bus 100, 200, TXL to Staatsoper

International Conference

"Europe's cultural and scientific heritage in a digital world"

Berlin, February 21-22, 2007

The detailed programme of the conference "Europe's cultural and scientific heritage in a digital world" is now online at:

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to the presentation of important and innovative, national and international, portals and networks which provide opportunities for the appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. Ways of collaboration and networking will be discussed. The conference presents case studies from Belgium, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

The European Digital Library and the MICHAEL-Project present the European perspective. The focus of the second day is standards for documentation, research and presentation of the European cultural and scientific heritage.
Common standards are a basic precondition for cooperation. The session shows the current situation and development with examples from Germany, Austria, UK, France and international projects. Digitisation presents many important opportunities to raise awareness of the diversity of European cultures.
These opportunities will be the focus of a further thematic block. The second day's programme will conclude with a round table discussion of "shared plurality".

All presentations will be simultaneously translated into English, French and German.


The Supplementary Programme starts February 20, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, 21. Februar 2007

Registration (opens 08:00)

09.00-09.30 Welcome

09.30-10.00 Europe's Soul in a Digital World of Knowledge and Culture [Keynote] Klaus-Dieter Lehmann (Präsident der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz)

10.00-10.30 Toward a Digital Landscape of Culture: The Latvian Experience [Keynote] Una Sedleniece (Stellvertretende Staatssekretärin im Kultusministerium

10.30-10.50 Coffee break

Session 1 [Portals]

10.50-11.00 Introduction to Session 1

11.00-11.20 : a multiple focus on Flanders' cultural heritage Stevan Leman (Consulent ICT, Culturele Biografie Vlaanderen vzw.)

11.20-11.40 The portal for libraries, archives, and museums (BAM) - a fast access to media and collections Marion Mallmann-Biehler (Leiterin des Bibliotheksservice-Zentrums Baden

11.40-12.00 Online Treasures: MatrizNet, the web search engine on the collections of Portuguese National Museums Paulo Costa (Head of Collection Management Department of Portuguese Institute of Museums)

12.00-12.10 Discussion

12.10-13.10 Lunch break

13.10-13.30 Die Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek und die Zeitschriftendatenbank - Portal für digitale und digitalisierte Zeitschriften Friedrich Geisselmann (Leitender Direktor der Universitätsbibliothek
Ulrike Junger (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)

13.30-13.50 Die Konferenz der Europäischen Nationalbibliothekare und die Europäische Digitale Bibliothek Elisabeth Niggemann (Generaldirektorin der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek)

13.50-14.10 MICHAEL: a European service for accessing the digital cultural heritage Rossella Caffo (Direttore della Biblioteca di storia moderna e contemporanea, Roma)

14.10-14.20 Discussion

14.20-14.40 Coffee break

Session 2 [Networks]

14.40-14.50 Introduction to Session 2

14.50-15.10 AG SDD - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sammlung Deutscher Drucke: zvdd - Zentrales Verzeichnis digitalisierter Drucke Patrick Sahle (Niedersächsische SUB Göttingen)

15.10-15.30 A2A

15.30-15.50 Strategische Koordination in einem föderalen System: EUBAM Monika Hagedorn-Saupe (Stellvertretende Leiterin, Institut für Museumsforschung SMB-PK)

15.50-16.00 Discussion

16.00-16.20 Coffee break

16.20-16.40 DOMUS, an Integrated Museum Documentation and Management System.
Looking forward to a Spanish Digital Museum Network Eva Maria Alquézar Yáñez (Jefa de área de Colecciones de la Subdirección General de Museos Estatales (SGME) del Ministerio de Cultura) Reyes Carrasco Garrido (Jefa de servicio de Documentación (SGME))

16.40-17.00 GBIF - Eine Open Access Infrastruktur für weit verteilte
Informationen: Die "Global Biodiversity Information Facility"
Walter G. Berendsohn (Direktor, Abteilung Biodiversitätsinformatik and
A. Güntsch (Referatsleiter Biodiversitätsinformatik am BGBM, Berlin)

17.00-17.20 Access to Digital Academic REpositories: DAREnet Marga van Meel (Königlich Niederländische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

17.20-17.40 Sächliches Kulturerbe im Cyberspace - Annäherung an eine vielschichtige Materie Günther Schauerte (Stellvertretender Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin)

17.40-17.50 Discussion

Supplementary Programme
18.30-19.30 Tours of the Museums at Kulturforum 20.00 Transfer from Kulturforum to Kalkscheune 20.30 Supper at "Kalkscheune"

Thursday, 22. Februar 2007

Registration (opens 08:00)

09.00-09.10 Einführung in das Tagesgeschehen

09.10-09.40 Building the European Digital Library - obstacles to overcome [Keynote] Horst Forster (Direktor in der Generaldirektion Informationsgesellschaft und Medien der EU-Kommission)

09.40-10.10 Standards, Standards. What’s New? [Keynote] Kenneth Hamma (Executive Director for Digital Policy and Initiatives, J.
Paul Getty Trust)

10.10-10.30 Coffee break

Session 3 [Standards]

10.30-10.40 Introduction to Session 3

10.40-11.00 Towards a Web of Culture: The European Cultural Heritage Online Initiative Simone Rieger (Max-Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin)

11.00-11.20 HILT: Facilitating Subject Interoperability in a Pan-European Information Landscape Dennis Nicholson (Director, Centre for Digital Library Research at Strathclyde University, Glasgow)

11.20-11.40 Die Bedeutung von Standards auf dem Weg zu einem virtuellen europäischen Archiv Angelika Menne-Haritz (Vizepräsidentin des Bundesarchivs, Berlin)

11.40-11.50 Discussion

11.50-12.10 Coffee break

12.10-12.30 IASA-TC 03 and 04: Standards for the Long-Term Preservation and Digitisation of the Audio Heritage Dietrich Schüller (Direktor des Phonogrammarchivs, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien)

12.30-12.50 GIS in der Denkmalpflege (Arbeitstitel) Genevieve Pinçon (Französisches Kultusministerium)

12.50-13.10 The CIDOC CRM (ISO 21127) in a nutshell – The essence of integration Nicholas Crofts (Leiter der Dokumentation, Musées d'art et d'histoire,

13.10-13.20 Discussion

13.20-14.20 Lunch break

Session 4 [Plurality]

14.20-14.30 Introduction to Session 4

14.30-14.50 Evidence of Digitisation Activities from Germany: Development of the Information Platform, "kulturerbe-digital" (digital cultural heritage) Gerald Maier (Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart)

14.50-15.10 From Web 2.0 to 2nd Life: the ultimate consensus or an aggregation of the mediocre?
Susan Hazan (Israel)

15.10-15.30 Keeping Culture Free
Laurence Lessig

15.30-15.50 The Web Shop of the Picture Archive, Prussian Cultural Heritage.
Digital Services for Media, Business, Science and Scholarship Hanns-Peter Frentz (Leiter, Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin)

15.50-16.00 Discussion

16.00-16.20 Coffee break

16.20-16.40 Zugang zu deutschem Kulturgut - Der Weg vorwärts Hermann Schäfer (Abteilungsleiter, BKM)

16.40-17.30 Closing Panel : Shared Plurality
Moderation: Manfred Thaller (Universität Köln)


You are required to register at in advance in order to attend the conference.
You can book your overnight stay at as well. Participation is free of charge. However, travel and accommodation are your responsibility.
The venue will be Otto-Braun-Saal, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/State Library Berlin (Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin).

To learn more about the conference, the technical programme and the supplementary programme please look at:

Prof. Monika Hagedorn-Saupe,
Institut für Museumsforschung
In der Halde 1, 14195 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 8301-460; Fax: -504


Ceri said…
How does anyone keep up with all these conferences???

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