Conference Theme: Agricultural Museums: A Rich Past, A Living Future
Location: Novi Sad & Kulpin, Serbia
When: September 21-26, 2008 with optional conference tours scheduled on September 27 & 28.
Organizers seek papers for the 15th triennial conference of the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA) Association internationale des musées d'agriculture - http://icom.museum/affiliates/aima.html) an ICOM affiliate organization.
Papers that address critical issues in museum operations, specifically, how agricultural museum can remain relevant in a changing world are of particular interest. Agricultural museums have focused mainly on 19th century rural life and technological change over time. How can agricultural museums keep pace as residents of communities and nations experience rapid urbanization and industrialization. What do visitor studies indicate about museum goers' goals and preferences? What potential exists for agricultural museums to address modern issues related to increased food costs, use of synthetic chemicals and environmental degradation, and the scale of corporate agriculture? How do efforts to expand the scope of agricultural museums affect collecting and interpretive goals? Papers that draw on visitor studies, museum master planning, funding and development, collection strategies including both intangible and tangible artifacts, and exhibit and public programming development are particularly welcome.
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The announcement of the congress appears at:
Information on conference registration and lodging appears at:
The full CIMA XV Congress program will be prepared soon after July 15.
Please contact the technical organizer for the congress, Ivanka Tasic at PANACOMP TRAVEL TOURISM AND TRADE, for additional information.
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