Anuncio: XIV UNIVERSEUM Network Meeting, 6-8 June 2013, Valencia

XIV UNIVERSEUM Network Meeting
University heritage today: Beyond public engagement?
6–8 June 2013
University of Valencia, Spain

The European Academic Heritage Network UNIVERSEUM announces its 14th annual meeting. UNIVERSEUM invites submissions of papers on academic heritage in its
broadest sense, tangible and intangible, namely the preservation, study, access and promotion of university collections, museums, archives, libraries, botanical
gardens, astronomical observatories, and university buildings of historical, artistic and scientific significance. The theme of the conference is ‘University heritage today:
Beyond public engagement?’, though papers on other topics are welcomed too. Post-graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

University heritage today: Beyond public engagement?

The creation, promotion and dissemination of knowledge in the arts, sciences and humanities are the ultimate goal of universities. No doubt, university
heritage — in all its forms — exists to be accessible to diverse audiences both at local level and also to the broader scientific community and the general public. However, the complexity
of university heritage encompasses a diversity of issues that rests beyond the public sphere. Twenty years ago, when the university heritage movement began, there
was a sense of emergency, as many collections were abandoned and at risk. What are the main concerns today? Does that sense of emergency still persist? What are the
issues that should be addressed in a Europe that is going through major social, political and cultural debates and in a university that is also changing? In this conference, we
welcome experiences, case-studies and in-depth papers that help us identify more precisely the nature and specificity of these issues and concerns.

The conference language is English. Paper presentations will be 15 min or 20 min. A poster session will be also organized. 
Please send abstract proposals of no more than 200 words to the email address below before 28 February 2013. Please use abstract template at the conference website Include a short biography highlighting main research interests (max. 50 words).

For proposals and inquiries, please contact:
Pedro Ruiz-Castell, UNIVERSEUM 2013 Chair (

Program Committee:
José Ramón Bertomeu, University of Valencia (Spain).
Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon (Portugal).
Laetitia Maison-Soulard, University Michel de Montaigne (France).
Pedro Ruiz-Castell, University of Valencia (Spain).
Sébastien Soubiran, University of Strasbourg (France).
Sofia Talas, University of Padua (Italy).
Roland Wittje, University of Regensburg (Germany).