Call for Papers | Museum Metaphors

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on August 2, 2013

From the conference website:

Museum Metaphors
University of Nottingham, 20 November 2013

Proposals due by 9 September 2013

Organised by Lucy Bradnock and Briley Rasmussen

Throughout the relatively short history of the art museum, metaphorical constructs have often been used to explain the museum’s social and cultural role, as well as to define its various protagonists. Through the metaphorical language of the museum as, for example, temple (Duncan), tomb (Adorno), laboratory (Barr), or supermarket (Warhol), artists, curators, critics, philosophers and historians have sought to read the institution of the museum as symbolic of particular cultural and social ideologies.

Against the backdrop of a growing current interest in institutional and exhibition histories, this symposium will consider the many metaphors that have been used to describe, define and theorise museums. We will also address how changes in the metaphorical language of the museum might indicate broader discursive shifts. In addition, it will ask what metaphorical constructs shape our conception of museums today. We seek proposals that address examples of museum metaphors from a range of historical, geographic, and theoretical perspective. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

• The museum metaphor in museological discourse
• The museum as metaphor in artistic practice
• Metaphor, behaviour and the museum’s publics
• Museum metaphor, modernism and postmodernism
• Metaphor and museum architecture and/or design
• Social and spatial metaphors in the museum context
• Museum metaphors in film, literature and popular culture

Please submit proposals of up to 250 words to Lucy Bradnock (lucy.bradnock@nottingham.ac.uk).

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