call for papers

for the Fall 2019 Issue of Exhibition

 A journal of exhibition theory & practice for museum professionals, published by NAME


Bridging divides

We live in divided times. How might exhibitions help us connect with each other? How might they bring diverse people together and bridge divides of politics, race, class, culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, gender and gender identity, and more? How might an exhibition transform and diversify an institution’s culture, or build new bonds with communities? For its fall 2019 issue, the journal seeks papers that address exhibitions as sites and opportunities for connection that, through their subject matter, creation, design, and use can bring diverse people together across divides and foster inclusion.

Papers might address co-creation; models from outside the museum field for fostering inclusivity; how to nurture—and physically design and create for— divergent perspectives, productive dialogue, and exchange in exhibitions; failures and lessons learned; or other topics. Or they might ask questions like these (or others): how do exhibitions/exhibition-making processes reflect societal trends and disparities? When can they serve as civic connectors, and when are we asking too much of them and their creators? In exploring exhibitions’ bridging potential, whose voices should lead? And if exhibitions can bring us together, what would that new “we” look like?

Articles might focus on a specific exhibition or provide an overview of exhibitions and practices. The exhibitions/installations analyzed can be of any size or budget, and take place in any of a variety of spaces: museums of all disciplines, historical sites, galleries, institutions that collect and display living collections, outdoor public spaces, or other physical environments. Proposals might come from designers, architects, developers, interpretive planners, curators, writers, educators, or others who create and contribute to exhibitions. In all cases, articles must illuminate larger issues; be descriptive and critical and analytical; and evaluation, even if informal, must evidence arguments for the strengths and weaknesses of a project.

There are two parts to a proposal (which must be submitted as a Word doc): 1) a description of the proposed article and 2) a brief bio for each author. Please read the following carefully:

The description (250 words max) should include a proposed title and must do the following (as must an article, if accepted):

  • tell how the proposed article would relate to the issue’s theme;

  • indicate the approaches, strategies, or knowledge that readers would take away from the article;

  • convey how the article would raise questions or illuminate larger issues that are widely applicable (especially if the proposal focuses on a single project);

  • take into account that articles will be expected to provide critical, candid discussions about issues and challenges; and

  • include a proposed title.

The brief bio should describe your background and your qualifications for writing the article (please do not include resumes or cvs).


Deadlines and information

Proposals are due JANUARY 8TH, 2019.


Our editorial advisory board will vet proposals in a blind review, and you will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance in late January/early February 2019. Articles will be due in early April 2019.

PLEASE SEND ALL PROPOSALS FOR “BRIDGING DIVIDES” VIA EMAIL TO: Ellen Snyder-Grenier, Editor, Exhibition at: Submissions from colleagues and students around the world are welcomed and encouraged.