ESF Research Conferences

ESF-LiU Conference

Re-Visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice

17 - 21 July 2011

Scandic Linköping Vast, Linköping, Sweden

Chaired by:
Sharon Macdonald, University of Manchester, UK

Co-Chaired by:
Cilly Kugelmann, Jewish Museum Berlin, DE

Organising committee:

Dominik Collet, Georg-August-Universität, DE
Helen Graham, Newcastle University, UK
Sally Hughes, University of Leicester and Oxford Brookes University, UK
Maria Toscano, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, IT
Jennifer Morgan, University of Manchester, UK


© courtesy of the Manchester Museum

Please read here the Conference Programme.

Conference Programme [PDF, 562 KB] - Posters List [PDF, 157 KB]. Poster size recommended: A0 (0,70m * 1,20m).

Museums form an important part of the cultural heritage of all European countries. As institutions, however, they have remained focused on the nation state for historical, political and often for financial reasons, but many of the issues museums face today transcend national boundaries. This international European Science Foundation funded conference seeks to provide a platform for exchange, reflecting on the new EU-wide interest in museums as spaces of cultural encounter that occupy a unique position at the junction between 'the local', 'the national' and 'the global'. Ten years ago James Clifford formulated his influential concept of museums as ‘contact zones’, highlighting museums as spaces of cultural encounter and drawing attention to the crucial interaction of researchers and practitioners.

To learn more about the conference, please see the preliminary programme.

Conference Flyer [last update 20-Apr-2011, PDF 139 KB]

How to Participate


For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in the Registration Form

List of Accepted Participants

EARLY BIRD FEE deadline: 10 June 2011
Registration deadline: 24 June 2011

Buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Linköping airport via the Linköping train station and the hotel. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition. 

Airport departure point - The meeting point is located just outside the small airport building.  Departure: 17:00 - 18:30

Railway station departure point - The meeting point is located in the long distance bus terminal of the station. From the exit of the main building of the railway station, it is approximately 300 meters to the right. Departure: 17:30 - 19:00

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment by June 10
740 €
Registration and payment between June 11 and 24
820 €
Conference participation without accommodation560 €
Single room Supplement to be paid at the hotel
170 €

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant.

Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

4 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener.. For more information, please click here

Practical Information

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference are available from the Practical Information Page.

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