Three Questions We Can Answer Straightaway 

Question: What is different about this conference?  

Answer: The conference seeks to approach museum futures in a more holistic manner. We invite you to explore museum futures in their totality, rather than focusing on one particular facet even where the main argument concerns one of the three strands we’ve chosen for this first edition. We are also keen on exploring the language of critique through the generation of thought-provoking ideas, theory and concepts, as well as the equally relevant language of possibilities where practical and doable solutions can spearhead meaningful change for museums. The choice of keynote speakers is curated to reflect the challenges of our times, always keeping in mind the need to bridge ideas and theory with practical solutions and case studies worth delving into. 

The conference comes with a scientific committee that vets submissions and contributors. The conveners also come with extensive experience working in the field as museum curators and directors, educators and university academics. Both are also very active internationally and are regular contributors to the field. 



Question: Will the conference be in-presence or online


Answer: The conference brings you the best of both worlds. It will be a blended experience with online and in-person delegates and presenters. 

The best option would be for you to take part in person. You do not need to decide whether to give your presentation in person or online at the time of submission. You can present both ways, either online only or change your registration to in presence if your preferences change. All content will be displayed online and our platform will make it possible for you to participate from anywhere around the world. Our facilities allow for a healthy interaction between online and in-presence delegates. Should you miss any of the sessions, these will be available exclusively to conference delegates until June 2022 on our social-media platforms.  


Question: What does the price include?


Answer: We have worked very hard to keep the price reasonable. Given the expertise driving the conference, and the lineup of keynote speakers specifically invited on the merits of their expertise and the relevance of their work to the now, we do believe that registration fee is good value for money. The conference also comes with an international scientific committee that shall be reviewing paper submissions and presentations.


The price range includes special concessions for students and early-bird registrations. Student and ICOM member registration is a flat rate for both online and in presence in order to encourage participation. 

It also includes exclusive access to online content until June 2022, featuring recordings of all presentations and discussions which you can revisit at your convenience.  Last but not least, registration comes with an invitation to publish in the Malta Review of Educational Research (MRER), an international peer-reviewed journal of the Faculty of Education that shall be going for a special supplement Issue on ‘Shaping Museum Futures’ in 2022.  

We encourage you to take the early-bird online registration (available until 31 July 2021), then switch to in-presence closer to the date (by 1 September 2021) if you decide to travel to Malta for the conference. Your in-presence registration would include a welcome reception, coffee breaks and all the amenities and facilities of an international conference venue in Malta's historical capital city. You can check the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Malta on this link

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The bi-annual conference is an international project developed jointly by Prof. Carmel Borg and Dr Sandro Debono at the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education (University of Malta). The conference seeks to inform the Department’s vision for and its active advocacy towards democratising the museum space and develop new museum models that are inclusive and polyphonic.