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  • 15 Dec 2019
  • 12:00 AM (PST)
  • 07 Mar 2020
  • 9:30 PM (PST)
  • Miami, Florida


Sun, Soul, and Soil: Diasporic Blackness and Justice in Global Museums

Please join us for the 42nd annual Association of African American Museums (AAAM) conference to be held in Miami, Florida, August 5-8, 2020. This year’s theme will be Sun, Soul, & Soil: Diasporic Blackness and Justice in Global MuseumsHosted by the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, AAAM 2020 invites proposals that consider the global impact of African American institutions, explore concepts of blackness and justice in museums around the world, and look at the work of museums throughout the Black diaspora. The deadline to submit is Saturday, March 7, 2020 (11:59 am PST).

Miami’s role as a diasporic city is legendary. Communities of African descent—from Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the United States, and beyond—have made Miami home and created a rich and vibrant culture. With that in mind, proposals might also discuss the idea of diaspora, examine the role of cultural landscapes in shaping communities, and reflect on how our ties to land and place influence the approach of communities and museums to our work.

Papers, panels, interactive trainings, and presentations might consider the following questions:

How are African and African American museums addressing the diaspora?

How are museums defining justice and incorporating ideas of justice into their work?

How are museums engaging descendant communities?

How are museums reframing African and African American narratives out of a concern for justice?

Session Topics should address best practices in one of the following areas:

Track 1: Audience Diversity (Relevance, Outreach and Responsiveness)

Track 2: Collections Information Management and/or Digitization (Archiving & Conserving)

Track 3: Financial Stewardship (Resource Management and Institutional Advancement)

Track 4: Leadership Development (Strategic Forecasting and Succession Planning)

Track 5: Organizational Development (Mission, Governance and Operations Planning)

Track 6: Visitor Experience (Education, Curation, Interpretation, Public Programs, and Exhibits)

Track 7: Advocacy (Creating Buy-In, Alliance Building among Funders and Policy Makers)

Track 8: Marketing (Social Media, and Audience Engagement)

Within these tracks, we encourage proposals for interactive trainings that engage the nuts and bolts of all aspects of your work from conception to implementation.

 Tips for Online Proposal Submissions:

Proposals must be submitted online via the AAAM online submission portal. 

Proposals must be submitted by a Current AAAM Member.

Session Organizers must input a User ID (email) and self-selected Password for use when submitting proposals on the AAAM website.

Both the user ID and Password should be retained in a safe place for future reference.

All required fields must be filled in order for the online application to be submitted.

Click the Register button to begin your session proposal online application.

Deadline for Session Proposals: Saturday, March 7, 2020 (11:59 am PST)


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