Conference Alert/CFP: Performing Heritage

From Informaworld Alerts:

International Conference: 3rd-5th April 2008

We are pleased to announce that the Performance, Learning and Heritage project will be hosting an international conference in April 2008. The conference will take place at the University of Manchester, and will provide a forum for discussing how research and practice in the field of museum performance/live interpretation can inform one another.

The Performance, Learning and Heritage project is an AHRC funded investigation into the uses and impact of performance as a medium for learning in museums and at heritage sites. The scope of the project is international, and since 2005, the team have been researching case study sites and carrying out a detailed mapping of practice. (For further details visit 2008 marks the final year of the project, and presents a timely opportunity for debate and knowledge exchange in this fast developing area of performance and interpretive practice.

Areas to be covered by the conference include (but are not limited to):

- Making connections: the intersection of performance/performativity, site specific practice and notions of heritage;

- Gauging impact: audience response and longer-term impact, the place of interactivity, and community outreach;

- Reports from the field: accounts and findings from research and evaluation projects in the UK and abroad. Some sessions at the conference will be devoted to the emerging findings of the PL&H research and the implications for future practice and policy making; but we are keen to hear about, and compare notes with, other research projects across the globe;

- Developing practice: examples of practice – live and recorded – to illustrate the range of performance practice and provide opportunities to interrogate that practice; workshops from practitioners and academics are invited as a means of exploring how research and practice interconnect;

- 'research at the heart of practice' – the focus will be on research as it informs practice, practice as it informs research and (not least) practice as a means of research in the museum/heritage sector.

We warmly invite proposals for papers (20 min. max.), performances, workshops and panel or round table discussions from practitioners, academics, policy makers and others working in the cultural heritage sector. Contributions will be especially welcome from those around the world engaged in research, evaluation and development in this field. (Further details of the types of presentation envisaged can be found on the conference webpage at

Proposals or expressions of interest (300 words maximum) should be sent to by September 14th 2007. Ensure you provide your name; your organisation or company if applicable (including position held); your postal and email addresses; the type of presentation you are offering; and your A/V or other technical or space requirements.

Updates on the conference – including registration details – will be posted to the project website over the summer months at


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