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2021 Virtual Conference 

We acknowledge that there are great uncertainties towards gathering and traveling now and far into next year.  To assure our audience of access to the important conversations held during our Art Curators Conference, our 2021 edition will be held entirely on a virtual platform, with no in-person components planned. The program will include live and recorded panels, keynotes, and workshops, alongside networking and socializing opportunities.

2021 Art Curators Conference Theme and Call for Panels

For our 2021 Art Curators Conference, we ask members to submit panel proposals considering the meaning of the word identity. With a virtual platform, we hope that panels will present a wide geographical range of speakers--opening up a dialogue once prohibitive due to travel schedules.  Pre-recorded sessions addressing timezone concerns among speakers can be considered. The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation is seeking panel proposals considering the meaning of the word identity. 

Our visual arts community’s interpretation, promotion, and usage of, as well as its reaction to and impact on the concept of identity, offers varied possible dialogues. In selecting this topic, we anticipate proposals addressing identity and its complex relationship to individuals, communities, historical groups and lands; its impact on cultural heritage and preservation; its role in colonialism, racism, and the transfer of power; the labeling of canonical histories; its influence in the marketplace; in matters of individual and group bias; in collection building and issues of provenance; in shaping the 21st-century museum; the physical and virtual; and others. 

We request proposals considering the full spectrum of interpretations, looking at topics holistically and not solely through the curatorial lens. Panels should propose discussions acknowledging the community curators serve. Speakers from for-profit and non-profit sectors are welcome and are not limited to the visual arts sector.  

The 2021 Art Curators Conference will be held virtually April 29 - 30, and May 3 - 4, 2021.

Proposal Submission Details

  • Current AAMC members are invited to submit session proposals through this online portal no later than 12pm ET (noon) on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  
  • No late submissions are permitted.
  • Speakers, moderators, and panel organizers will not receive payment for taking part in the Conference.
  • As with all AAMC & AAMC Foundation programming and overall efforts, proposals should be inclusive of self-identifiers (by nation, gender, race, ethnicity), (dis)ability, and socioeconomic background, fields of expertise, types of organizations, and geographic locations.
  • Proposals should support a discussion model of presentation utilizing case studies and open dialogue. We do not accept sessions that engage panelists in presenting formal papers.
  • The selection process will be guided by the strength of the proposals and the need to create a balance between topics relevant to curators from a wide range of institutions and specializations. 
  • Conference proposals are subject to modification by AAMC (staff, leadership, etc) as part of the process of shaping the overall Conference program.   
  • Successful proposals will be notified in late November 2020.
  • New to this year’s process, panel proposals not selected to be part of the conference program may be selected to create a webinar based on their proposal.  As such, please be sure to select if you would be open to your application being considered for a webinar as well as a conference panel.
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