UMAC and Universeum will meet online in 2021

Message by the UMAC President, Marta Lourenço, and the Universeum President, Sébastien Soubiran:

Dear members, dear colleagues, dear friends,

Despite our strong will to meet and be together physically, it is now clear that it will not happen yet in 2021, for the reasons we all know.

The Boards of Universeum and UMAC have therefore decided i) to postpone the physical conference at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, to a later date and ii) to organize in 2021 a joint meeting, to be held exclusively online, between 1 and 3 September.

While frustrating of course, we are also incredibly excited by the opportunities that an online conference provides, namely in terms of audiences, presentation formats, and worldwide access, both in the present and future. It’s a new experience for UMAC and Universeum, and we will do our best.

The theme of UMAC-Universeum 2021 will be NEW OPPORTUNITIES – NEW CHALLENGES IN TIMES OF COVID-19.

Last year, we shared our experiences of COVID19 and its immediate impact on university museums and collections. In 2021, we would like to use these experiences to explore deeper and longer-term lessons of adaptability and resilience. 

While we wait for the conference website, the Call for Proposals is already accessible here.

You can propose papers, workshops and … for the first time, videos. We want to hear from you, wherever you are in the world.

Looking forward to your proposals.

Best regards,

Marta Lourenço, UMAC President

Sébastien Soubiran, Universeum President

Co-Chairs of UMAC-Universeum 2021

Debate about Deaccessioning in US Museums

A recent important resource about the legal and ethical dimensions of deaccessioning is the inaugural “Civil Conversations Program” of the University of Miami School of Law’s Hoffman Forum. The video is of wide interest to its global community of university museums and collections.


Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director & Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Martin Gammon, Founder and President, Pergamon Art Group

Glenn Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President for Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums

Stephen Urice, Professor of Law, Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, and Director, Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law LL.M., University of Miami School of Law

Co-hosted by: Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Graduate Program at the University of Miami School of Law and the LOWE Art Museum

Treasures of Polish University Heritage

In May 2014, the first non-governmental organization in Poland dedicated to Polish museums and museum units at universities was established – the Association of University Museums. The strength of the university museum community in Poland is evident in the Association’s growth: with 13 museums on 2014, today it has 102 university museums.

The Association of University Museums makes the society aware of the importance of academic heritage as an important dimension of national identity. The most important goal of the Association is to develop university museums and preserve academic heritage through its protection, dissemination and promotion, as well as to support the collection, documentation and conservation of monuments, and develop scientific research. A wide range of information activities is carried out, promoting the idea of university museums in Poland and abroad.

Several publications have resulted from the activities of the Association: “University Museums”, ed. H. Kowalski, M. Grassmann, M. Bukowski; “University Museum in Poland”, ed. H. Kowalski, M. Grassmann, M. Bukowski, Warsaw 2016; K. Pomian, “Museums and nations in Central Europe”, Warsaw 2016; “University Museums. Catalogue” ed. H. Kowalski, M. Grassmann, M. Bukowski, M. Piszczatowska, J. Ślaga, Warsaw 2017.

In 2020, the Association of University Museums is implementing the project “TREASURES OF THE POLISH UNIVERSITY HERITAGE”. This project will publish in English a catalogue of the most valuable objects from 102 museum units of Polish universities. The project will also create a website in English. The official launch of the catalogue will take place December 16th, 2020 in the Warsaw University Museum.

The project “TREASURES OF THE POLISH UNIVERSITY HERITAGE” has been co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

More information about the project here.


SJTU-T.D. Lee Science and Art Competition 2020

The SJTU-T.D. LEE Science and Art Lecture Fund of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (hereinafter referred to as the Science and Art Fund) was established in 2013 to promote the integration of science and art and carry forward the spirit of science and art. The Science and Art Fund would organize a science and art work competition every year to encourage the creation of works of art based on scientific themes, and select outstanding scientific and art works from around the world to organize special exhibitions after review and evaluation. So far, 6 science and art competition and exhibitions have been successfully held.

The 7th Science and Art Competition starts officially in June 2020. This year’s theme is Spin‘. After completing the collection and review of art works, it is planned to hold the “T.D. Lee Science and Art Works Exhibition — 2020 Spin International Scientific Seminar” in November 2020. During the event, it will focus on the integration and innovation of science and art, and hold international academic seminars to provide scientists and artists with a high-level interactive communication platform.

Organizating Bodies

Sponsoring Organization:

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • International Scientific Exchange Foundation of China
  • Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Supporting Organization:

  • Tsung Dao LEE Library of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Tsung Dao Lee Research Institute, School of Design
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Review and Evaluation Body:

  • SJTU-T.D. LEE Science and Art Committee
  • Science and Art Committee of International Scientific Exchange Foundation of China
  • T.D. Lee Science and Art Research Center, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Learn more about calendar, submission and rules in the notice.

More information, please contact:

Chen Xuwei,  Shanghai Jiao Tong University Tsung Dao Lee Library, 800 Dongchuan Rd., Shanghai, 200240, P.R. China.

Revista CPC, University of São Paulo: Special Issue on University Museums Call for Papers


REVISTA CPC n. 30 – edição especial
Dossiê Museus universitários: patrimônio, experiências e reflexões

CHAMADA DE TRABALHOS: até 30 de junho de 2020.
Seja na forma de coleções de potencial museológico inseridas em departamentos ou laboratórios, seja na forma de unidades inseridas na estrutura universitária em que se verifica a realização de todas as etapas do processo museológico, é recorrente na formação ou na trajetória das universidades a presença de museus e ou estruturas afins. Contudo, também parece ser recorrente ora a invisibilidade dessa presença, ora sua redução a determinados aspectos da prática universitária, ainda que tais coleções e práticas museológicas tenham em vários momentos exercido papel fundamental na promoção de ações de ensino, pesquisa e extensão universitária.
É neste sentido que a Revista CPC, periódico eletrônico do Centro de Preservação Cultural da USP, abre chamada de artigos científicos para o Dossiê Museus universitários: patrimônio, experiências e reflexões, a ser publicado em dezembro de 2020. Assim, convida a comunidade acadêmica para a submissão de trabalhos que evidenciem pesquisas, experiências e reflexões sobre a presença desses museus, coleções e práticas museológicas espalhadas pelas diversas estruturas universitárias, ressaltando e problematizando suas especificidades, limites, desafios e potencialidades. 

Veja mais aqui.

MÁS MUSEOS: Vol. 2 No. 1

UMAC congratulates the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México for another issue of the digital journal MÁS MUSEOS (Vol. 2, No. 1), just published.

This issue includes a lecture by UMAC Chair Marta C. Lourenço (in English with subtitles in Spanish), an article about the debates around the ICOM museum definition by Silvana Arago Telona, and so much more.

An issue to explore!


SAMAB 42 (2020)

South African Museums Association Bulletin (SAMAB) 42, 2020


The SAMAB Editorial Committee invites you to submit your research papers for consideration for publication in the 2020 edition of SAMAB. The theme of the 2020 SAMAB call is:

21st Century Challenges: Museums as social and political spaces

Sub-themes of interest for this edition will include museology topics related to:

– Inclusivity, access and diversity

– Multiple (polyphonic) narratives and critical dialogue

– Are museums ready for 4IR?

– Violence and corruption within SA Museums

– Moving into digital curation and collections

We welcome all submissions related to the topic of museology, research papers and academically sound opinion pieces about the topic of museums as social and political spaces and can include but are not limited to address some crucial questions as outlined in the above current and topical sub-themes.

Guide for Authors

The deadline to submit papers is 1 May 2020

Only papers that adhere strictly to the SAMAB Author Guidelines will be considered. Read them here.

Proposed papers can be emailed to the Editor at

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 1 May 2020

Notification of acceptance for Review: 31 May 2020
This issue will be published in December 2020

The South African Museums Association Bulletin (SAMAB) provides a forum for the publication of peer reviewed articles that promote the discussion, debate and the dissemination and exchange of information on aspects of museology, with particular but not exclusive reference to South Africa. SAMAB also enables the communication of current issues, practices and policies regarding collections management, curatorial discourse, museum administration, research, exhibitions, visitor studies, community engagement, education, conservation and other topics relevant to the museum and wider heritage sector.