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AMaGA Natl Conf 2022 Call for abstracts

Call for Abstracts, Australian Museums and Galleries Association, October 2021

AMaGA has been overwhelmed with enquires about the conference. We have been busy making changes to allow more voices to be heard and a wider audience to attend. We invite you to submit an abstract for the opportunity to share your work, ideas, research and collaborations at the 2022 conference. The call for abstracts will close on Sunday 31 October 2021, and results will be announced in December 2021.To submit an abstract, download the abstract template, then log into the abstract portal below.

Before submitting your abstract, please:

  • Familiarise yourself with the conference themes and presentation types (listed below)
  • Complete the abstract template, ensuring there are no spelling or grammatical errors (this document will be made available for delegates’ viewing during the conference via the conference app) and that the contact details listed on the template are ones you are happy to be made public (can be social media links, generic organisation emails, or direct details)
  • Create an account in the abstract portal, and follow the instructions to submit your abstract. Abstracts can be saved as DRAFT, but must be finalised in order to be assessed for inclusion in the program
  • The same account may be used to submit multiple abstract submissions.

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts opens: August 2021
  • Call for Abstracts closes: 31 October 2021 (5pm AWST)
  • Abstracts reviewed: October – November 2021
  • Successful presenters contacted: early December 2021

Conference Themes

#HearUsNow powerfully affirms the urgency of this moment and the chance for action, it is a powerful statement with a sense of urgency. #HearUsNow captures the key conversations we wish to explore at the 2022 conference, building upon discussions that occurred throughout 2020 and 2021, which require urgent attention from us all. Presenters will be asked to demonstrate how their submission is relevant to one/all of the below sub-themes.

Presenters will be asked to demonstrate how their submission is relevant to one/all of the below themes.


Explores the developments, challenges and opportunities for connecting with communities in this time.

  • To what extent is the rapid uptake of technology from 2020 influencing how we engage with communities?
  • How has the changing relationship between in-person and virtual modes of delivery influenced collections management?
  • What outstanding projects have risen from the challenging environment of 2020/2021?
  • If travelling exhibitions can’t travel, where will galleries source exhibits from?


Celebrates the many voices to be heard, embracing truth-telling, stewardship of culture, decolonisation and rewriting stories.

  • What impact is arts and culture having on crises like social cohesion and mental health?
  • Who and how are we advocating for the importance of cultural heritage and collections?
  • Who is leading practice in First Nations stewardship in Australia and surrounding nations?
  • Is this current moment a tipping point in how Australia represents itself through cultural institutions and production?


Expresses the urgency of issues such as climate change, environmental devastations and political upheavals impacting the arts, culture, and heritage.

  • Where has there been genuine change to respectfully and meaningfully present previously inappropriate or traumatic cultural appropriation?
  • What are the global ethical issues of urgency that the cultural sector must respond to?
  • What impact are arts-based protests having on climate change discussions?
  • How can cultural institutions across the Indian Ocean Rim unite to amplify their advocacy for change?


Encourages emerging research, career pathways, and new learning.

  • What are the unspoken ideas we need to explore?
  • What is the future of funding or new and ethical institutional structures?
  • What succession planning is being modelled for smaller or volunteer cultural organisations?
  • Who are the ‘curators’ of the next generation?

Click here for:

  • Presentation Types
  • Abstract Selection
  • How to Submit your Abstract
  • Guidelines