Call for Papers 2019 International Conference on Contemporary Challenges for Museums
1. Introduction
As the society changes, museums are responding by repositioning themselves. Once private institutions, museums have become public ones. They transformed themselves from institutions limited to collecting, preserving, and displaying to those intended to serve communities and the people. In spite of functions of education and culture, social and economic roles of museums are gradually stressed.

Contemporary challenges for museums are increasing compared to the past. Museums are wrestling with these issues: museum’s social role and responsibility, audience development, adoption and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs), economic functions and value, demographic changes such as increasing ageing population, sustainable development, globalization, etc. It is crucial for museums to be responsive to contemporary challenges, so that museums could meet needs of contemporary society and create new values.

The purpose of “2019 International Conference on Contemporary Challenges for Museums” is to provide a platform for international, interdisciplinary exchange to explore the challenges faced by museums in the twenty-first century. The conference organizers are inviting proposals from delegates wishing to present 20-minute papers. Those interested are welcome to submit related papers.
2. Organizers, conference dates and venue
  1. Organizers: National Science and Technology Museum; Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics and Museology, Tainan National University of the Arts; National Cheng Kung University Museum; Department of Theater Arts, National Sun Yat-sen University; Chinese Association of Museums.
  2. Conference Dates: Conference will be held on 17th –18th October 2019, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  3. Conference Venue: National Science and Technology Museum (720, Jiouru 1st Road, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN, R.O.C)
3. Conference sub-themes
Sub-themes of interest for submission include, but are not limited to,
  1. Museum’s social role and responsibility: issues regarding museum’s social role and responsibility such as human rights, accessibility, social inclusion, empowerment, multiculturalism, transformation justice, immigrants and refugees, aging society with fewer children, etc.
  2. Museum audience development: issues regarding museum’s development of new audience, attraction of non-audience, etc.
  3. Adoption and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs): issues regarding museum’s adoption and impact of ICTs such as big data, mobile learning, participation experience, digital humanity methods, smart location, information visualization, etc.
  4. Economic issues and value: museum’s economic issues, including fundraising, crowdfunding, corporate sponsorship, museum and creativity industry, cultural tourism, museum economics, etc.
  5. Sustainable development: issues and practices concerning four pillars (environmental, economic, cultural and social sustainability) of sustainable development of museums and related works.
  6. Contemporary challenges concerning nature and functions of museums: discussions concerning changes of museum’s nature, functions, etc.
  7. Others: other related issues are welcome.
4. Abstract submission guidelines
  1. All those interested in presenting papers at the conference are requested to submit an abstract in English at by 15th July, 2019. The abstract should not exceed 500 words.
  2. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by 7th August, 2019.
  3. Enquiries may be sent to: Dr. Shang-Ching Yeh, Tainan National University of the Arts, Email:
5. Important Dates
  1. Submission of proposals 15 July 2019
  2. Notification of proposal acceptance 7 August 2019
  3. Presentation at the conference 17-18 October 2019