CFP: Virtual Reality & Museums (4/27/07; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Tara Chittenden


Deadline: Friday April 27, 2007.

Contributions are welcomed for a new book addressing the construction
and interpretation of virtual artefacts within virtual world museums and
within physical museum spaces. Particular emphasis is placed on theories
of spatiality and strategies of interpretation.

The editors seek papers that intervene in critical discourses
surrounding virtual reality and virtual artefacts, to explore the
rapidly changing temporal, spatial and theoretical boundaries of
contemporary museum display practice. We are especially interested in
spatiality as it is employed in the construction of virtual artefacts,
as well as the roles these spaces enact as signifiers of historical
narrative and sites of social interaction. We are also interested in the
relationship between real-world museums and virtual world museums, with
a view to interrogating the construction of meaning within, across and
between both.

We welcome original scholarly contributions on the topic of new cultural
practices and communities related to virtual reality in the context of
museum display practice. Papers might address, but are in no way limited
to, the following:

* Authenticity and artificiality
* Exploration and discovery
* Physical vs virtual
* Representation/interpretation of virtual reality artefacts - as
3D spaces on screen or in a physical gallery
* Museum visiting in virtual space
* Representation of physical museum spaces in virtual worlds and
their relationship to cultural definitions of museum spaces.

Please send a proposal of 500-750 words and a contributor's bio by
Friday April 27, 2007. Authors will be notified by Thursday May 31,
2007. Final drafts of papers are due by Monday October 1, 2007.

Please send your proposal to:

Tara Chittenden
Room 201
Strategic Research Unit
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL

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