The theme of Discovering Collections Discovering Communities 2018 (DCDC18) is ‘memory and transformation’. This year the conference takes place in Birmingham from Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 November. The conference includes contributions from academics and professionals at any stage in their career, and is an opportunity for delegates from across the higher education, cultural, and heritage sectors to come together and discuss how each sector can collaborate more effectively.

Proposals for papers or workshops from the academic sector and cultural heritage organisations might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Commemoration: anniversaries, statues & memorials and national memory.
  • Physical memory: production, materiality and physical engagement with collections.
  • Artificial memory: deception, forgery and fake news.
  • Institutional memory: cross-sectoral skills, hidden knowledge and ‘memory institutions’?
  • Cultural transformations on working practice: when, how and why?
  • Hidden memories: minority communities, representation and oral histories.
  • Future memories: digital amnesia, the cloud and missing collections.
  • Immersive memories: 3D modelling, multi-sensory engagement and virtual reality.
  • Health and culture: dementia, mental health and wellbeing.
  • Spatial memory: landscapes, journeys and buildings.
  • Fundraising and cultural memory: collaboration, public engagement and impact.

Abstracts for papers or workshops should be received by Friday 27 April 2018.

For more information about this year’s theme and how to submit a proposal, please see the full call for papers on the DCDC website.