2019 Call for Papers


ICTOP as a Hub of Museum Professional Training:

Reflecting on the past 50 years, Envisioning the Next 50 Years


ICOM-ICTOP was established 50 years ago to provide direction in museum professional training when the field was still just beginning to professionalize. We are now taking the opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of professional training in the museum field and invite colleagues to share their ideas in papers that critically interrogate the future of museum training.

Centralized around the notion of museums as cultural hubs, the theme of the Kyoto ICOM meeting considers how museums might look toward the future while respecting the traditions of the past. By logical default, this notion extends itself to the training of professionals who work in these future museums.

For the Kyoto triannual conference ICTOP would like to explore and contrast the traditions of training museum professionals with the possibilities that come from dreaming into the future. To do this, we ask these question:

  • What are the best ways to train museum professionals for the 21st century?
  • Is there such a thing as a “hub” for training museum professionals?
  • What would such a museum training “hub” look like?
  • If we are unsure how to define a museum professional in the 21stcentury, how do we determine the best ways to train them?
  • Do we want to use a standardised approach or is there value in the differences across the globe? What are those differences?
  • As museum practice across regions continues to professionalize, should international training curricula balance globally standardized practice and locally significant approaches, needs and norms?
  • Is the future of museum training in its diversity or in its similarity?
  • What “best practice” case studies of training programs show changes in program development and its relationship to a changing museum sector?
  • Presentation of a model program for educating future museum professionals addressing questions above are welcome.

For the upcoming ICOM-ICTOP conference at the 2019 ICOM triennial congress (Kyoto, Japan) we invite discussion papers and empirical case studies that address one or more of the above questions. Cases and topics discussed may be drawn from the past (especially last 50 years of ICTOP history), connected to present examples, or relate to project plans in development for the future. We are looking for ideas, approaches and/or case-studies which could assist us in understanding how the future of museum training might look and ultimately, how might it affect museums and their visitors? Diverse ideas and methodologies are in advance warmly welcomed.


We invite you to make your voice heard. Your contribution could be realised either in the form of a presentation/paper (20-30 minutes), a workshop (1 hour) or a poster (as part of the poster session). Please do send your abstract (250 to 350 words maximum) by April 12th, 2019.

The following information should be included with the abstract:

Name(s) of Author(s)

Affiliation(s) & full address(es)

Title of submitted paper (& type of presentation)

Abstract in English (250 to 350 words maximum)

Short bio/CV of presenter(s) (no more than 100 words)

Support equipment required (if any)


Abstract submissions should be sent before April 12, 2019 as a MS word, or rtf attachment to ICOM-ICTOP Kyoto 2019 Programme Committee:

Kiersten Latham: kflatham(at)kent.edu

Darko Babic: dbabic(at)ffzg.hr

Phaedra Livingstone: iamphaedralivingstone(at)gmail.com


Announcement of approved proposals: second half of April 2019.