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Sunday, July 07, 2013

CfP for our Spanish and Portuguese followers

MIDAS – Museum Interdisciplinary Studies is launching a new call for papers for issue 3. This issue includes a thematic dossier under the theme “Museums and biographic participation: introducing a personal approach as an alternative to the hegemonic one” with Maria Acaso and Andrea De Pascual as guest editors. Deadline: September 6th, 2013.

MIDAS also accepts proposals to the usual sections of the journal:
- Articles (several areas) (ca. 6000 words)
– Notações – short articles, experiences, news about museum projects, short reports, etc. (ca. 3000 words)
– Reviews (books or exhibitions) (ca. 1500 words)
All accepted articles will undergo a double peer-review. The issue is scheduled for publication in 2014.
Send your text to: revistamidas@gmail.com
For more information: http://midas.revues.org/361

Museums and biographic participation: introducing a personal approach as an alternative to the hegemonic one
“Art can be a tool to understand the world and the museum can become a place where experiences through which the public can generate connections with life are made possible. In order to achieve this, biographical aspects of the public must be part of the construction of the contents of the museum.By means of this call for papers we intend to make visible the experiences that are being carried out in this field, which, although incipient, we consider very valuable for the museum of the future. Experiences among which the museum includes new participation systems through different pedagogical and political methods based on the adoption of a personal approach as an alternative to a hegemonic one”. (Maria Acaso and Andrea de Pascual)
Themes may include the following areas:

BIOGRAPHICAL CONTENTS OF CIVIL CURATORSHIP
The public’s biographies as content
The educators’ biographies as content
Any personal story as content
METHODOLOGIES OF BIOGRAPHICAL PARTICIPATION
Critical pedagogies
Regenerative pedagogies
Disruptive pedagogies
Feminist pedagogies
Pedagogies based on the transformative discourse
Other pedagogies still to be formulated
EXPERIENCES FOR THE BIOGRAPHICAL PARTICIPATION
Considering the public as cultural producer. Theories
Examples of the inclusion of the public as constructor of the museum content
Biographic formats for guided tours
Formats based on intergenerational learning starting from a biographical approach
EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS AS AGENTS OF THE BIOGRAPHICAL PARTICIPATION
The educator as the person who makes possible a change from the hegemonic to the biographic approach

Brief CVs of guest editors:
María Acaso (mariaacaso.es) is an Art Education professor and is the Head of the Museum Education in Visual Arts research team at the Fine Arts School of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. As an expert in the field she was invited to be a guest researcher at the Getty Museum, she has implemented projects for various cultural institutions such as Matadero Madrid and she has designed programs for educator’s training for Manifesta 8 and Fundación Telefónica España. As a lecturer she has been invited by different institutions in Colombia, Norway and Portugal and has coordinated the book Perspectives. Current situation of visual art museums in Spain (Ariel, 2011).
Andrea De Pascual has a university degree in Education, specializing in Art Education. She has worked as an educator at the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum (Madrid) and as a coordinator of the education department at the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. She collaborates with various educational projects for different cultural institutions such as Centro Cultural Matadero Madrid and the Brooklyn Museum (NYC). She has published articles in the field of art education and is an active member of the research and action-based collective Invisible Pedagogies (pedagogiasinvisibles.com). Andrea is currently a Fulbright grantee in the MA program in Art Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and is writing her dissertation entitled The rhizomatic museum; strategies for the assignation of a new role to the public as culture producer.