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Museums and heritage in the post-COVID-19 era: the footprint of COVID and rethinking the future

Museos y patrimonio en la era dC: la huella del COVID y el futuro por reconstruir

Musées et patrimoine à l’ère post-Covid : l’empreinte du COVID et la construction de l’avenir

Her&Mus. Heritage & Museography Journal

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Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Through case studies and empirical studies, this issue of Her & Mus is a call to assess the proposals that have been developed throughout 2020 since the pandemic began, covering those practices that have worked and those that have not. It is an opportunity to reflect on the sustainability and future viability of museums and heritage facilities after the pandemic.

Announcement

Argument

Since March 2020, the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus has forced citizens around the world to change their lifestyles amongst the confinement. The cultural sector has been one of the hardest one hit by this sudden change, with the closure of museums, cultural and exhibition centers as well as monuments. As a consequence, the “ICOM Follow-up report: Museums, Museum professionals and COVID-19” states that 58.6% of museums participating in the survey will be forced to close their doors.

At the same time, the radical change due to the closure gave rise to the accelerated digitization of some of those institutions. This process was prioritized among other creative proposals to find new ways of engaging with confined visitors, such as: virtual tours by the museums, live online connections from the museum to comment on their collection’s specific works, new newsletters’ creation, social networks challenges, online educational activities. Months later, the euphoria for some of these strategies has declined and many issues remain to be reflected upon: are these proposals really innovative? Can we take better advantage of this moment of change to rethink the possibilities offered by technologies and avoid reproducing online what is lived in the “real” space?

When museums and cultural centers reopened, they faced a “new reality” in which they had to maintain a certain distance between visitors, control their visitors’ capacity as well as following hygienic measures. Moreover, mediation strategies and the interactions with the exhibitions had to be rethought, among many other aspects. As there were no more international tourists nor school visits, many of these institutions had to rethink their relationship with the visitors through alternative educational proposals or guided tours adapted to sanitary measures. Likewise, the success model had to be redesigned by reaching quality rather than quantity. On the other hand, the social, inclusive and health value of culture, as a vehicle for cohesion and well-being, is more than ever a rising preoccupation for these institutions.

In the post-COVID-19 era, what impact will these changes have on the management of heritage and museum facilities?

Through case studies and empirical studies, this issue of Her & Mus is a call to assess these proposals that have been developed throughout 2020 since the pandemic began, covering those practices that have worked and those that have not. It is an opportunity to reflect on the sustainability and future viability of museums and heritage facilities after the pandemic.

Submission guidelines

This call for papers is open until April 15 2021.

Research papers, reflections, review articles, case studies, didactic experiences, project descriptions and reviews (of books, doctoral theses, exhibitions, etc.) are accepted. Priority will be given to those works that have a scientific and research focus.

Manuscripts can be written in Spanish, Catalan, French, English or Italian and will be submitted through the following link.

Manuscripts must follow the authors’ guidelines as well as the template, which can be downloaded from the same previous link. Papers that do not use the template format and/or that do not follow the authors’ guidelines will not be considered.

For more information, we invite you to visit the journal's website.

We hope that you find this call for papers for Her&Mus. Heritage and Museography stimulating and we therefore encourage you to send in your contributions.

We would be grateful if you share the call among your contacts and social networks.

Coordination

  • Dr. Marta Conill-Tetuà (Orcid ID: 00002-7344-3000) 
  • Dr.Alexandra Georgescu Paquin (Orcid ID: 00002-6737-3931)

from CETT-Barcelona School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy.

Date(s)

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19, museos, patrimonio, digital, museografía, innovación, gestión cultural

Information source

  • Georgescu Paquin Alexandra
    courriel : alexandra [dot] georgescu [at] cett [dot] cat

To cite this announcement

« Museums and heritage in the post-COVID-19 era: the footprint of COVID and rethinking the future », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, https://calenda.org/831037

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