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Biennial museum conference calls for research papers
Biennial museum conference calls for research papers

International heritage educators and museum experts interested in attending a prestigious symposium in Taiwan can submit their research papers to the National Taiwan Museum before the end of March.

The 6th International Biennial Museum Studies Symposium, titled “Restoration and Rejuvenation of Cultural and Natural Heritage: A Museological Perspective,” is scheduled for Oct. 30 and 31 at the Taipei National University of the Arts. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 28, and a panel of judges will select a total of 35 to 40 theses for discussion.

The two-day symposium is calling for theses on the following issues: preservation and rehabilitation of museums and heritage; theories and practice in heritage education; heritage management and politics; architecture and cultural heritage; and academic research and social practices regarding museums and cultural heritage.     

Attracting an average of 500 participants who are concerned about the academic development of museum studies, the biennial conference has played a leading role in Taiwan’s museum research. Now entering its second decade, the 2014 symposium will also celebrate the 80th birthday of Taiwanese architect Han Pao-the (漢寶德), who has had profound influences on Taiwan’s museum studies and development.

Han has served the National Museum of Natural Science both as the chief of the museum’s preparatory office and its first director. The Princeton and Harvard graduate also founded the first graduate school of museology in Taiwan — the Tainan National College of the Arts (now known as the Tainan National University of the Arts). 

For more information on the two-day symposium and guidelines for submitting research abstracts, please visit the event's English-language website here. All questions should be directed to 8thimstnua@gmail.com.

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