“Re-Thinking Technology in Museums 2011: Emerging Experiences”

“Re-Thinking Technology in Museums 2011: Emerging Experiences”
Hosted by the UL Interaction Design Centre and the Irish Museums Association, with the support of IxDA Limeric

University of Limerick, Ireland
May 26-27, 2011

Themes of the Conference in 2005 “Re-Thinking Technology in Museums” brought together a group of academics and practitioners discussing novel ways of conceptualizing the museum experience in light of the presence of interactive technologies. The second edition of this conference on the theme of “Emerging Experience” will further the discussion on novel approaches for understanding people’s experiences in museums and galleries, and for designing interactive technologies to support these experiences.

In recent years, the increased presence of mobile smart appliances such as smart phones, and the growth of social media and social networks have impacted on the strategies deployed by museums and exhibition sites to invite, engage and connect with visitors and stakeholders.

It’s important to reflect on how museums/galleries and visitors have been affected from an experiential point of view: what have museums and galleries become? And what about the role of visitors? How are meaningful and rewarding experiences emerging in this context?

“Re-Thinking Technology in Museums 2011” invites submissions discussing:
– Conceptual approaches to studying the experiential qualities of visits (such as social interaction, development of a sense of place, learning and critical reflection);
– Descriptions of methodological approaches for understanding visitors’ experience;
– Case studies describing museum’s staff experiences in understanding and supporting visitors by means of technology;
– Case studies describing the design of interactive (low-tech and high-tech) exhibitions, and the deployment of other IT tools such as social media;
– Case studies describing the development of educational workshops and/or installations in museums and galleries aided by interactive technologies.  

We encourage social scientists, museum education and communication experts, curators, exhibition designers, interaction designers and computer scientists to submit a paper.

We particularly welcome submissions from museum and gallery experts, describing their current practices in supporting visitors’ experiences and their concerns in supporting visitors’ engagement, interest and informal learning, as much as from researchers exploring the potential of new technologies and suggesting innovative designs.

The Conference will also include a workshop session hosted by the Irish Museums Association open to IMA members only (More details to be announced), and an “Innovation Forum” organised by IxDA Limerick 

The conference papers will be published in a Book of Proceedings and also be made available on-line.

A selection of papers will be selected for possible inclusion in a journal special issue and, potentially, an edited book (we are currently negotiating with publishers).

Important Dates
Full Papers due: February 15th, 2011
Notifications: March 31st 2011
Camera Ready papers due: April 15th 2011
Conference: May 26th-27th 2011

Submission guidelines
Papers should be anonymized and submitted in either MS Word or PDF formats.

Papers should not exceed a maximum of 6,000 words. Shorter papers of around 3,000 words are also welcome.

Authors should use the template available at: http://www.idc.ul.ie/techmuseums11

Submissions should be made by email to: techmuseums11@gmail.com

All papers with be subject to blind peer review. For more information: Queries should be directed to techmuseums11@gmail.com
Web: http://www.idc.ul.ie/techmuseums11/
Twitter: @techmuseums2011
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Re-Thinking-Technology-in-Museums-2011/157655174266141

Conference Committees
Conference Chair
Luigina Ciolfi, Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland

Organising Committee
Luigina Ciolfi, Mikael Fernström, Marc McLoughlin, Anne Murphy UL IDC Katherine Scott, Irish Museums Association

Webmaster and Technical Support
Fabiano Pinatti, UL IDC

Program Committee
Linda Ballard, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Northern Ireland Liam Bannon, University of Limerick, Ireland Dominique Bouchard, The Hunt Museum, Ireland Kieran Burns, Number 29 Dublin and IMA, Ireland Luigina Ciolfi, University of Limerick, Ireland Brian Coates, University of Limerick, Ireland Eileen Coates, Independent Curator, Ireland Michael Cooke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Patrick Cooke, University College Dublin, Ireland Brian Crowley, Pearse Museum and IMA, Ireland Vincenzo D’Andrea, University of Trento, Italy Lily Diaz, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland Maria Economou, University of the Aegean, Greece Mikael Fernström University of Limerick, Ireland Mike Fraser, University of Bristol, UK Areti Galani, Newcastle University, UK Elisa Giaccardi, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, Spain Georgina Goodlander, Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA Halina Gottlieb, Interactive Institute, Sweden Paul Green, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland Tony Hall, NUI Galway, Ireland Jon Hindmarsh, Kings College London, UK Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde, UK Tobie Kerridge, Goldsmiths University of London, UK Ann Light, Sheffield-Hallam University, UK Carlo Maiolini, Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali, Italy John McCarthy, University College Cork, Ireland Marc McLoughlin, University of Limerick, Ireland Annette Moloney Independent Curator, Ireland Helen Monaghan, National Gallery of Ireland Joan Nordbotten, University of Bergen, Norway Shaleph O’Neill, University of Dundee, UK Daniela Petrelli, University of Sheffield, UK Palmyre Pierroux, University of Oslo, Norway Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, University of Tartu, Estonia Elisa Rubegni, Universita’ della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland Mariana Salgado, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland Dagny Stuedahl, University of Oslo, Norway Loic Tallon, Pocket-Proof, UK Michael Twidale, University of Illinois, USA Dirk vom Lehn, King’s College London, UK Kevin Walker, London Knowledge Lab, UK

Dr. Luigina Ciolfi, Lecturer & Senior Researcher
Interaction Design Centre, ER1 005
Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems, University of Limerick, Ireland Tel. +353 61 213530 Fax. +353 61 213484
Skype: luigina.ciolfi
web: http://www.idc.ul.ie


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