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HASTAC announces next Scholars Forum on The Future of Museums

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
May 23, 2012

Given the great leadership and participation in the Digital Is community from museum educators, we thought you might be interested in this upcoming Scholars Forum. See announcement below:


The Future of Museums

We are thrilled to announce the latest HASTAC Scholars forum. It promises to be an excellent conversation with wonderful guests. Join us!

The topic of museums and technology is a timely one – as museums of all sizes and types rush to embrace technologies – and also a challenging one, as these institutions attempt to embrace a participatory culture facilitated by new digital technologies, while at the same time retain their expertise and authority as guardians of our culture and heritage.

• What are the most innovative projects in museums today?
• How does a museum see itself interacting with its visitors in the space vs. online?
• Even beyond technology, how are museums changing their practices & missions?
• Have you used an iPad or mobile phone in a museum setting? How did it work? 
• What does it mean to ‘curate’ in the age of Pinterest, Tumblr, and blogging?
• How is Museum Studies changing as an academic field?

We will be joined by the following Invited Guests:

  • Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California
  • Steven Lubar, Public Humanities at Brown University
  • Miriam Posner, UCLA Digital Humanities Program Coordinator
  • Susan Hazan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Curator of New Media, Head of the Internet Office
  • Phyllis Hecht, John Hopkins University Director, Museum Studies Masters Program
  • Robert Stein,  Dallas Museum of Art Deputy Director
  • Colleen Brogan, Digital Learning Project Coordinator, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The forum is hosted by HASTAC Scholars:

We hope you’ll help us think about the future of museums. How do you see public art changing in the digital age? Please join us now!