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Science and Media Museum

2017 Research Conference

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The National Science and Media Museum is proud to be the host of the 2017 Science Museum Group Research Conference, exploring the theme of sound and vision in science museums.

Please note: The deadline for proposed papers has now passed. However, if you are interested in presenting at the conference, please get in touch with

Call for papers

Sound and Vision in Science Museums

All SMG staff, students and research associates are invited to participate in the 2017 SMG Research Conference, which the National Science and Media Museum is delighted to host on 23–24 November 2017. The conference will celebrate and explore the potential for research across the Science Museum Group, including work that investigates science and technology collections and the audiences that engage with them through museums. 

Hosted by the recently renamed National Science and Media Museum, this year we will explore the opportunities and challenges of researching and displaying objects linked to sound and vision technologies. The museum has ambitious plans for new showcase galleries to explore how image and sound technologies have transformed the way we experience the world and our relationship with it. Reflecting this new vision, the conference will explore the ways that the histories of photography, film, television and sound can be brought to life through research and exhibition.

The conference will explore the Science Museum Group‘s interconnected research meta-themes:

  • The public culture of STEMM (including public history of science, and the study of audiences and science media in the present and the past).
  • STEMM and the Arts (how science and technology interact with the arts—including photography, music and literature)
  • The material culture of STEMM (how we can most effectively study objects in museum collections, paying proper attention to their materiality; how may we best conserve the material—and immaterial—culture of STEMM).

We are particularly interested in presentations that respond to the collections of image and sound technologies held by SMG (or sound and vision technologies held at other institutions), and those that address the challenges of presentation and interpretation of these collections. 

We welcome presentations of 20 minutes in length in academic format; demonstrations; curated selections of film and/or sound materials; or a combination of these. Please provide an outline of up to 300 words of what you would like to present, giving a title, your name and contact details, by Wednesday 26 July 2017.