CECA’s name brings together two core components of a museum: education and cultural action. This conference has aim to discuss what does the expression “cultural action” stand for. In addition to that the purpose is to consider which meanings could this concept have in different countries.


The expression "cultural action" originated as an umbrella term for actions taken to create a closer connection between the cultural and artistic community and the public, as part of the cultural policy developed  in France during 1960's.


Nowadays, more than 50 years later, this expression seems not to be clear anymore. The reponses to CECA's survey  in 2017 showed that "cultural action" is related to non formal or informal learning, meaning  learning processes not connected with school groups.


Having that in mind and related with the ICOM theme for the International Museum Day 2018, Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics, CECA board suggests the following as a main theme for its 2018 Annual Conference: Museums, Education and Cultural Action: Between Old and New Meanings.

During the Annual Conference we will discuss:

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to ‘cultural action’ in museums


     - What does the term ‘cultural action’ refer to today?

     - What is the connection to ‘education’?

     - How do education and cultural action contribute to the mission of museums?

     - Which kind of cultural action does a museum implement? To/for whom?

  • How do museums use their spaces, collections and staff to develop cultural action?

  • Museum visits for individual visitors and families;

  • Education and cultural action for audiences and non- audiences;

  • Working outside the museum walls;

  • From visitor to user (digital audiences);

  • Museums and activism;

  • Museums as scenery for cultural activities.

Conference working languages: English, Spanish and Georgian 

Papers can be submitted in following formats:

  • Research paper (20 min.)

  • Thematic paper (15 min.)

  • Market of ideas (7 min.)

  • Poster

See guidelines for presentations: ENG          FR         ES

  • The abstract should be written in English, French or Spanish and must be in an electronic format (preferably PDF).

  • Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words, and should be formatted simply (preferably Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced).

  • Please include the following information at the beginning of the abstract: title, author(s), affiliation(s), contact information (incl. email address).

Abstracts submission was closed on 20 April 2018