June 18, 2020
Middle-digital earth: Museums between digital and emergency. Data, stories and impact. International online conference Call for papers
Coming soon: International online conference June 29 – July 1, 2020
That COVID-19 was and it is a new emergency that has put in danger not the cultural
heritage in its material component, but has imposed a new everyday life, new comparisons
and relationships with the public and professionals. An emergency that has touched almost
all the museums in the world that with different times and methods have been forced to close
to visitors, suspending all activities in attendance. The contact with the public has only been
remote, for this reason the online initiatives of museums have increased, the presence on
social networks and real digital workshops have been activated to design content and new
medium and long term strategies.
We invite contributions from museum professionals, private companies, on the follow
What digital initiatives did your museum or your company take during the COVID-19
– How did you use social media?
– What were the keys to narrating the activities of the closed museums?
– How will these new strategies be useful for the future of museum?
We accepting the follow format:
– Short three minutes video
– Digital poster
All material will be also published on conference website
Send your contribution by June 25 to
The Dipartimento di Studi Storici of Università di Torino, supported by ICOM Italy and AVICOM, organize the international online conference Middle-digital earth: Museums between digital and emergency. Data, stories and impact.
Museum institutions are seismographs particularly sensitive to changes in communities and relationships that define their identity through their relationship with cultural heritage. The global emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly severed the contact between the public and the collections, highlighting the fragility of the heritage, of the management, prevention and protection systems, if the link with its users is broken.
That COVID-19 was and is a new emergency that has put in danger not the cultural heritage in its material component, but has imposed a new everyday life, new comparisons and relationships with the public and professionals. An emergency that has touched almost all the museums in the world that with different times and methods have been forced to close to visitors, suspending all activities in attendance. The contact with the public has only been remote, for this reason the online initiatives of museums have increased, the presence on social networks and real digital workshops have been activated to design content, experiment and plan new medium and long term strategies.
The reaction of museums all over the world to the new contingencies has been monitored through surveys promoted by various associations, foundations, ministries and research centres in order to get a picture of the situation both at institutional and professional level and from the public. In this sense, it seemed crucial not only that museums have digital content, but that this content produced must be of quality and available for use on platforms, but above all it is important that there is an overall digital strategy in line with the museum mission and carried out by competent professionals.
In the days of the emergency some institutions have produced guidelines to support museums to reopen and even in this new phase the role of technologies is and will be crucial to ensure the safety of professionals and visitors, as well as it will be essential to monitor all these new activities.
Another aspect that has been of great importance during this period is that of training and online meetings, which have multiplied, expanding the training and comparison offer. These new forms have managed to fill the gap created by the emergency and will probably be used even after this emergency.
The enormous amount of data that has been produced so far lends itself to timely analysis and reflection that allows us to start giving first readings of the impacts.
|June 29 9.00-13.30|
|Greetings and introduction
9.00 – 9.15 Giulia Carluccio, Vice-Chancellor Università di Torino
9.15 – 9.30 Gianluca Cuniberti, vice-chancellor and Head of Dipartimento di Studi Storici
9.30 – 9.45 Talitha Vassalli di Dachenhausen – DG Musei
9.45 – 10.00 Alberto Garlandini – ICOM International
10.00 – 10.15 Adele Maresca Compagna – ICOM Italy
10.15 – 10.30 AVICOM
|10.30-10.45 Maria Beatrice Failla – Università di Torino, Musei sismografi del presente: strategie e reazioni all’emergenza COVID-19|
|10.45-11.00 Anna Maria Marras – Università di Torino, Museum and digital accessibility, the aims of Museum Switch (Officina digitale musei).|
|11.00 – 11.15 Sree Sreenivasan – Marshall Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation
Stony Brook University School of Journalism
|Video Storytelling on Museums and COVID-19|
|Session I – Museums and metrics|
|Chair Nicola Barbuti, Università di Bari Aldo Moro|
|11.40 – 11.55 Elizabeth Rosenberg – NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations
12.00 -12.15 Eleonora Lorenzini – Osservatorio Innovazione digitale nei beni e attività culturali, Politecnico di Milano
11.40- 11.55 Alessandro Gaballo- ICOM International
12.15 – 12.30 Barbara Landi – ICOM Italia
12.30 – 12.45 Alfredo Valeri – Civita
12.45- 13.00 Luca dal Pozzolo – Osservatorio Culturale Piemonte
13.00- 13.30 Q&A
|June 30 14.00 -17.00
|June 30 14.00-17.00|
|Session II – Museums and training and digital processes|
|14.15 – 14.30 Nancy Proctor – Museum and the web
14.30 – 14.45 Karina Durand, Agnes Delgado – AVICOM
14.45 – 15.00 Alessandro Rubini- Meet
● Webinars and conferences during COVID-19
● Museums virtual tour during COVID-19
● Digital Media Strategy during COVID-19
● Emergency Guidelines
15.30-15.45 Laura Moro – Istituto Centrale per la Digitalizzazione del Patrimonio Culturale – Digital Library
15.45 – 16.00 Catherine Devine – Microsoft
16.00- 16.15 Eva Pietroni- CNR
16.15- 16.30 Digital Technologies Committee ICOM Italy Presentation Interview on digital contents and glossary of digital
16.30 – 17.00 Q&A
|July 1th 14.00- 17.00|