The BC Museums Association Conference 2018 call for papers is now open!

UPDATE: the 2018 call for papers has been extended to midnight, MAY 21!

The BC Museums Association invites proposals from individuals interested in speaking at our 2018 conference on the theme of Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. 

Sessions will explore a range of topics, such as relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities, social justice through exhibitions and programming, and engaging diverse audiences through innovations and new technologies within museum, art gallery, and cultural centre practices. BCMA encourages proposals that explore best practices and/or innovations, making connections with colleagues, and workshops for museum professionals in areas such as exhibit design or development, education, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.

Proposals are encouraged to focus on practice rather than theory, on topics of interest to the museum, gallery, archive, library, history and heritage sectors.

You can propose a session in one of these four formats:

  • Presentation – 60 minutes; to include Q&A. (3 panelists maximum).
  • Workshop – 60 minutes; to include dedicated time for hands-on participation.
  • Ask the Expert Plenary Session – 1.5-2 hours. Drop-in style roundtable discussions regarding a specific area of expertise.
  • New this year: Lightning Talks!* – 5 minutes. Quick talks that highlight projects, skills, or other topics, delivered in a group to a tight time limit.

All you need to know about BCMA Lightning Talks:

New in 2018, the BCMA introduces a Lightning Talk session! Lightning Talks are quick, five-minute presentations that provide an opportunity for highly focused topics or fun top-level highlights. Presenters can arrange their slides to advance automatically every 15 seconds, or can control them from the podium. Lightning Talk sessions move quickly: talks run from one to the next and each presenter has a strict time limit of five minutes.

Lightning Talks are a great way for emerging professionals or first-time conference presenters to gain experience presenting at BCMA conferences. They are also a good opportunity for projects or topics that may not be fully formed or suitable for a full session format.

*Please Note: Lightning Talks are not eligible for a speaker discount registration. Lightning Talk presenters also giving a presentation, workshop, and/or Ask the Expert plenary will receive their normal speaker discount for those sessions.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight, May 21.

See the full details for submitting a conference session proposal here.

The BCMA Conference will be held October 21-23, 2018 in Kelowna!  Keep up to date with the latest conference news by visiting our Conference 2018 page.