Call for Proposals

Guidelines for Proposals | Terms and Conditions | Submit your Proposal

The Call for Proposals for MW18 papers, workshops, professional forums, and how-to sessions is open through September 30. You may propose demonstrations and lightning talks through December 31.

Do you have or know of an innovative project completed between April 2017 and April 2018? You can nominate it for a GLAMi award until March 11, 2018!

Authors submitting proposals by September 30 are notified if their paper has been accepted and the draft program is announced by December 1 when registration opens. Authors proposing demonstrations and lightning talks are notified by February 1 if their proposal has been accepted. We endeavor to contact and give feedback to authors whose proposals have not been accepted as well, but due to the volume of proposals received, we cannot guarantee we’ll be able to do this in all cases.

What to propose?

The MW18 program is built from the ground up, based on your suggestions for sessions, papers and presentations. MW conferences do not have pre-determined themes, and we welcome proposals on any topic related to innovation in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs), applying technology or transformative practices through any means or platform. The program is selected by an international committee of cultural heritage professionals, and reflects the issues and ideas of greatest interest and urgency in the field each year.

You can find the entire archive of past MW papers since the conference’s founding in 1997 freely available online.

  1. Contribute to MWX, MW’s digital exhibition initiative: propose exhibits and interactive experiences as well as written papers and presentations about transformative uses of technology in museum studies, digital curating and/or contemporary art practice. Full papers (required, up to 5,000 words) will be peer-reviewed and considered for publication in the digital and printed proceedings of the conference. Sept 30 is the deadline for formal papers and sessions; Dec 31 for demonstrations of digital experiences emerging from or inspiring contemporary art practice.
  2. Offer a Pre-conference Workshop: Are you an expert in your field? Share your expertise by leading a half-day or full-day pre-conference workshop! Workshops are held the day before the conference begins and workshop leaders are compensated for their teaching. No written paper is required.
  3. Present a Formal Paper: Share your leading work in the field through a written paper (required, up to 5,000 words) and an oral presentation in a conference session (approx. 20 min. plus discussion). All formal papers are published on the MW site, and selected papers are published in the printed proceedings of the conference. Formal papers should go beyond demonstrating a single project (“demonstrations” are the correct proposal type for single project presentations) and aim at distilling critical learnings that will be broadly applicable in the field (i.e. beyond the organization of origin). To avoid taking on an ‘advertorial’ or promotional tone, panels should include museum professionals or representatives of a cultural non-profit if the lead proposers are commercial partners.
  4. Lead a Professional Forum: Convene a one-hour discussion or debate about timely and critical topics of interest to the museum community. No written paper is required.
  5. Teach a How-to Session: You have one hour to demonstrate and teach a practical skill or best practices for a museum topic. A written version of your session (required, up to 2,500 words) will be published on the MW site to serve as an on-going reference both for attendees of your session and others.
  6. Demonstrate your project and explain the designs and the decisions that went into it to colleagues in an exhibit-booth setting. Demonstrations are only open to museum professionals and projects created in a non-profit environment. (Commercial organizations are invited to demonstrate their products and projects in Exhibitor Briefings.)
  7. Give a Lightning Talk in a 1.5 hour session that includes 10 lightning talks of 7 minutes each. [N.B. changed session format] Slides and recordings of the lightning talks will be published on the MW site, and presenters are invited to blog about their topics (up to 1,000 words) on the MW site.
  8. Participate in a Crit Room: Panels of leaders in the museum field will provide a free assessment of your web or mobile project for accessibility and other best practices. Sign up before the conference for a critique on a first-come, first served basis (approximately four projects can be assessed in each 1.5 hour crit session).
  9. Participate in a “Birds of a Feather” round-table: lead the discussion or dip into several while enjoying breakfast with colleagues. Topics are proposed by participants during the MW conference in the run-up to the breakfast.
  10. Participate in the GLAMi Awards: propose your project or vote for your favorites! Help us share the best of museums’ digital work in a wide range of categories to inspire the global community. Nominations for the GLAMies open in February each year.
  11. Exhibit your commercial products and services in the Exhibit Hall, and/or sponsor the conference proceedings, delegates’ bags, website and special events.
  12. Sponsor and/or participate in a Community of Practice meeting around a question, problem, or platform of common interest in the field. Communities of Practice include suppliers of innovative products and services as well as cultural heritage professionals. Through focused conversations, shared research and pan-institutional collaborations, communities of practice aim to formulate, promulgate, and raise best practice in the field.
  13. Propose a tour in your community.  Submit the tour proposal for the pre-conference tour day (Tuesday) of the conference week.
  14. Join the Local Committee and help showcase the Cleveland cultural scene!
  15. Be there: the best part of MW is always meeting informally with some of the most creative and innovative museum professionals from around the world and enjoying the warmth and generosity of this community. Join us!

Performances? Hack-a-thons? Maker Faires? Other interactions or services? Propose any other format of participation + explain how it works. We’re open to new ideas.  Please submit your idea and select “other” under the category.