This is my first conference paper during the time doing my PhD research. It was first presented on 21 April 2016 at the “The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now” conference that marked the 50th Anniversary of the School of Museum Studies in Leicester.
The only autonomous department in the UK dedicated to the study of museums and galleries, the School is the oldest and largest academic unit of its kind in the world. The conference of its 50th anniversary was a significant event for museum scholars and professionals who wanted to debate the museum of now. The conference attracted keynote speakers from the UK and other countries such as Prof Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths College), Eleonora Belfiore (University of Warwick), Prof Andrea Witcomb (Deakin University, Melbourne), Prof Oscar Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Wayne Modest of the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands.
My paper has been an important opportunity to highlight current inter-disciplinary research undertaken in my department at Goldsmiths University of London. An amended version of it was also presented in the The Graduate Research Symposium, part of the first joint conference of Museums Australia and Museums Aotearoa, Auckland, New Zealand, “Facing the Future: Local, Global and Pacific Possibilities” (14 May 2016) and at The Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference in London (1 August 2016). The full text of the paper can be read here.