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The COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted both a need for accessible communication, and for ideological change in the museum sector. Muse From Nowhere is an unconference, which aims to allow those conversations space to happen.

Our unconference will run online on August 27th and 28th 2020. Consider joining in, either as a discussion lead, or a participant: details are below.

Call for Contributions

This year, museum events around the world have been affected by the global pandemic, COVID-19. In light of both the loss of these opportunities to get together, and the pandemic itself, Muse from Nowhere invites you to participate in an online Unconference!

An unconference is not like a normal conference; rather than formal papers, it encourages discussion amongst its participants in thematic groups. This way, it encourages the discussion of immediately relevant topics and responses to current and ongoing situations in a way not possible for a conference planned a year in advance.

Muse from Nowhere will take place on 27th and 28th August online. The programme will be determined by your submissions and once finalised it will be shared on this website. The venue will also be shared.

You’re invited to submit a theme that you would like to discuss at the unconference. Submissions should be short and informal, containing at most: the topic, some context for the topic, and a few questions you’d like to consider in the discussion. 

In your submission, please indicate if you would like to be involved as a discussion lead or as a participant. Please use the Submit Suggestion form. The deadline for submissions is 30th July 2020.

When the deadline has passed, a Google Form will enable potential discussants to vote on the themes beforehand in order to create the unconference programme. 

The role of the lead will be to develop questions for the session, and lead and moderate the discussion. If the lead would like help with moderation, this may be possible to accommodate.

Please be aware that if similar themes are submitted by more than one individual, they may be grouped together and asked to work together to facilitate the session. You will be given 2 weeks’ notice before the event as to whether your submission has been successful.