CfP: What counts as knowledge in the museum & heritage sector, how can this influence decision-making?; TAG Conference

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Session #16: What counts as knowledge in the museum and heritage sector, and how can this influence the quality of decision-making using diverse sources of knowledge and evidence?

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This session will examine different types of knowledge, how they are produced, exchanged, used, interact with each other, but also how they are used to inform policy and decision-making in the heritage and museum sector. Proposed papers could examine everyday or vernacular knowledge as well as epistemic knowledge; how different types of knowledge are represented and given a voice in heritage and museum organisations; and the mechanisms through which we do that (e.g. Responsible Research and Innovation, co-creation and other participatory approaches to developing knowledge).

We would like to invited papers that examine a wide range of topics or questions such as:

· Philosophical and cultural issues related to the value of different types of knowledge in a democracy.

· How do different types of heritage and museum settings construct what counts as knowledge and learning? What knowledge travels between different social settings (such as home, school, work, informal learning settings)?

· What are the points of interface where different stakeholders and the type of knowledge they produce meet and interact with each other?

· What factors impede the identification and exchange of different types of knowledge within museum or heritage organisations and beyond their boundaries?

· How can we influence the quality of decision making using diverse sources of knowledge and evidence?

· How different points of view that draw on different types of knowledge (including everyday knowledge that citizens have) are represented when it comes to heritage and museum policy?

· What role social and historic sciences, art and humanities play in policy and decision-making?