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  • From: "s.soubiran" <s.soubiran AT>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 14:42:47 +0100
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Cher.e.s collègues,

Comme il est d’usage, la soumission des présentations pour la prochaine conférence annuelle d’Universeum, le réseau européen pour la préservation et la valorisation du patrimoine universitaire, est repoussée d’une semaine.

Vous avez donc jusqu’au 7 mars inclus pour nous envoyer votre proposition de communication.

Pour rappel vous trouverez ci-dessous l’appel initial.

Au plaisir de vous y retrouver,


S. Soubiran


Our next annual conference, that will be host by the University of Wroclaw in Poland, 4th-7th July 2023, will give us the opportunity to move forward in that direction. During the 2023 Universeum meeting, we want to reflect on and share our “Experience of Academic Heritage”.

According to ICOM’s new definition of museums of 2022, museums ‘operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing’. How do these ways of experiencing apply to academic heritage? In this UNIVERSEUM annual meeting, we wanted to explore how this is resonating with your practice and with how your audiences are experiencing academic heritage. 

We would like to move beyond only celebrating to also critically reflect about academic heritage and the experiences it offers and provides. Are there other directions in which you would like to take the interpretation and experience of university collections further? Should we be doing more with what we have? What are the opportunities and obstacles in realising our full potential within our collections, museums, institutions?

Subtheme 1: By whom and for whom?
University collections are presented in many different ways and are experienced by different communities and groups. Increasingly, university museums are working together with various groups to agree on themes, approaches, and interpretations of academic heritage.
  • How conscious are we of our curation and interpretation processes and how these are experienced by different audiences?
  • How can we find out if the experience is received as we intended and by whom? How can we learn from this? How do we react to unexpected outcomes? 
  • Does who is involved in the design of these experiences affect the end result and how these are experienced?

Subtheme 2: Experiencing difficult heritage
Experiencing academic heritage can go beyond having fun and joy. They can also include encountering issues and ideas from a long history of academic practices and institutional history that make us uncomfortable and can be disturbing. 
  • What is the role of university museums and collection custodians in this process? 
  • How can they facilitate and encourage debates on difficult heritage in an effective way and not hide from them?
Subtheme 3: Media and methods of interpretation
When designing experiences of academic heritage, we use various means in our disposal for presenting and interpreting these. Some of these, like storytelling, have remained unchanged over the years, while others are constantly evolving, like the use of new technologies and social media.
  • How do our media and methods for setting up experiences of academic heritage, for instance the language and tools we use, affect the messages we are trying to communicate? 
  • And whom do we involve in the process of selecting and designing interpretative tools and approaches? 
  • How can we evaluate their effectiveness?

During the 2023 Universeum meeting, we want to explore different ways of encouraging discussion and debate, as well as allow as many voices from the community to be heard as possible. We would like to combine short papers, with longer in-depth contributions that reflect more broadly on these themes rather than present specific projects, as well as invite dialogue and discussions from all participants. 
Format of submissions
Under these themes, we invite proposals for:
  • 5-minute talks
  • 15-minute talks
  • posters
Guidelines for submissions
You will find all necessary information and the abstract template on Universeum website.

The conference language is English. We welcome contributions from cultural heritage professionals and academics, but also post‐graduate students who are encouraged to present.

Please send your abstract proposal (max. 200 words), with an indication of the session you are submitting to (sub-theme 1, sub-theme 2, or 3), plus a short biographical note highlighting main research interests and/or field of professional experience (max. 50 words) to the following email address using the abstract template by Tuesday 7 March 2023: sekretarz.muzeauczelniane AT

Travel Grants
The UNIVERSEUM Board is able to offer a small number of travel grants of up to 400 Euros each to students or junior professionals whose proposal (for either a poster or a talk) to present at the conference has been accepted. 
You can tick the related box if you want to apply in the abstract template.
Programme Committee:
Frédérique Andry-Cazin, Sorbonne-Universities, UPMC (France), Treasurer of UNIVERSEUM 
Natalia Bahlawan, Jagiellonian University Museum (Poland)
Esther Boeles, University of Amsterdam (NL), Secretary of UNIVERSEUM 
Marek Bukowski, Medical University of Gdańsk (Poland), Vice-President of the Polish Association of University Museums
Maria Economou, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK), Vice-President of UNIVERSEUM 
Hubert Kowalski, Warsaw University (Poland), President of the Polish Association of University Museums
Magdalena Muskała, Medical University of Białystok (Poland), Vice-President of the Polish Association of University Museums
Marta Piszczatowska, Warsaw University Museum (Poland), Vice-President of the Polish Association of University Museums
Joanna Ślaga, Jagiellonian University Museum (Poland), Vice-President of the Polish Association of University Museums
Sébastien Soubiran, University of Strasbourg (France), President of UNIVERSEUM 
Martin Stricker, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), Vice-President of UNIVERSEUM 
Marta Szaszkiewicz, (Museum of the University of Gdańsk), (Poland), Secretary of the Polish Association of University Museums

We are very much looking forward receiving your abstracts,

Best wishes,


Sébastien Soubiran, Dr
University of Strasbourg
President of Universeum
Director of Jardin des sciences
Tél : +33 (0)3 68850517
s.soubiran AT

Jardin des sciences
12, rue de l'Université
F - 67000 Strasbourg



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