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Submit a proposal for the MA Conference in Brighton

Simon Stephens, 14.11.2018
Theme is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World
Proposals for sessions at the 2019 Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition in Brighton are now open for submission.

The theme for the event, which takes place on 3-5 October 2019, is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The deadline for submissions is 3 February 2019.

“After our successful MA Conference in Belfast, which attracted more than 1,100 people, we are really excited about our plans for Brighton 2019,” said Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA. “The Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World theme feels very timely and we think it will attract some really exciting session proposals.”

The theme is linked to current social and political upheaval, demographic changes, rising inequalities and climate change. Museums are a strong position to encourage and facilitate debate about these challenging issues.

The conference will look at how the sector can help to create a more sustainable world, how it can communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to audiences, and how museums can support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society.

The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world and what of kind leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

In the age of globalisation, it is more important than ever for museums to have ethics at their core. The conference will also interrogate the ethical implications of the international partnerships we seek to develop, how we confront the legacies of empire, and the role of global tourism in a more sustainable world.