Two CFPs for Conferences on Museums and Contested Histories in Ljubljana (5-6 Oct) and Mexico City (30-31 Oct)

Each year, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) chooses a theme for the International Museum Day. The theme for 2017 is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”, which inspired the two following events:


CFP: “Museums and Contested Histories. Between Memory and Oblivion” (Ljubljana, 5-6 October 2017)

Organised by ICOM Slovenia, the Slovene Museum Association, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, and the Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana.

This is a shortened version of the CFP, the full text may be found here.

This international conference aims at answering questions about the understanding of hidden histories and the interpretation of cultural heritage today. The organisers are interested in the ways in which collective memories that do not correspond to the dominant historical narratives interact (or do not interact) with the national narrative and how this is reflected in museum exhibitions. What stories are overlooked in museums? How is undesirable and neglected history structured in individual historical periods? What forms and what dismantles public consensus about which heritage should be preserved and in what cases does it become unwanted or even denounced? How does collective memory work and where does forgetting come into play? What creates consensus and who dictates the interpretation of the past- the professional sphere or politics?

The first conference day will be dedicated to the themes of the change and transformation of museums after the year 1989, while the second day will be dedicated to an overview of the newly forming trends and themes in museums and multifaceted understanding of “contested, difficult, forgotten” history in Europe today.

Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words together with a short biography, institution, the title and a summary of the paper.  Abstracts should be sent (in Word format) to: and to

Deadline: May 8, 2017


CFP: “Museums of Citites and Contested Urban Histories” (Mexico City, 30-31 October 2017)

ICOM’s International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC) Annual Conference 2017

With a Pre-Conference Workshop on “Migration:Cities | (im)migration and arrival cities” (Mexico City, 28 Oct)

This will be CAMOC’s first conference in Central America and the second in Latin America following the ICOM 2013 General Conference in Rio de Janeiro. It will promote debate and tackle issues like contested histories, past and present, post-colonial identities and re-interpretations of urban history, city museums as places of human respect and inclusion and of peaceful coexistence of all people – including migrants that are present in absolutely every city population in the world.

The conference will be in English and Spanish.

Please send an abstract of no more then 350 words, as well as a 75-word biography.

Deadline for submission of Proposals: May 31, 2017

Detailed information on the session topics and the procedure of submission may be found in the original Call for Papers.




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