UMAC 2019 Kyoto



University Museums as Cultural Commons:

Interdisciplinary research and education in museums

Keio University Art Center

Tokyo, 9-10 September 2019


A University encompasses diverse cultures. Research and education in various disciplines generate autonomous collections which reflect unique cultural backgrounds of each academic field.

A university museum is a place where these collections meet. Practices in museums — exhibitions, conservation, research, learning and so on — further reveal the cultural backgrounds of collections. Museums also gather and connect the members of communities surrounding the university ― students, faculties, researchers, alumni/ae, visitors, get them together through the discussion on collections.

In this two-day seminar, we will explore the power of university museums which trigger interchanges of people and knowledge from different cultures, through a keynote panel, paper presentations and poster sessions. We also offer visits to university museums and collections in Tokyo.

See Call for Papers below.

Preliminary Programme ( PDF)


Monday, 9 September

9.30-11.30 Keynote panel

Yohko Watanabe (Keio University Art Center)

Andrew Simpson (UMAC/Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Australia)

Judy Willcocks (Central Saint Martins, London University of the Arts, UK)

11.30-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-14.30 Poster Session

14.30-15.30 Panel ‘What we think about Keio Museum Commons’

Members of the Keio Museum Commons Preparation Office

15.30-17.00 Afternoon panel

17.30 Reception


Tuesday, 10 September

10.00-11.30 Morning panel

11.30 Closing/Lunch

13.00 Visits to University Museums in Tokyo (to be announced)


Call for papers

  • Read the CfP here
  • All proposals should be submitted before 31 March 2019 to Yu Homma/Kayoko Ichikawa:
  • Use of the abstract template is obligatory.


  • Registration for Tokyo seminar is separated from UMAC 2019 Conference in Kyoto (1-7 September 2019). Details are to be announced.
  • If you are attending the UMAC 2019 Conference in Kyoto, please note that travel Kyoto-Tokyo and accommodation in Tokyo not included in the conference fee.
  • The participation to the seminar is not limited to ICOM members. We welcome presenters and audience from university museums, collections and related fields.
  • Conference language: English (no simultaneous translation will be provided)



Keio University Art Center

1-15-45, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8345, Japan (Yu Homma)


Keio University Mita Campus