A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Conference Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2008, The Inclusive Museum Research Network is brought together by a shared concern for the future role of the museum and how it can become more inclusive. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Fifteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus—Rethinking the Museum
  • Theme 1: Visitors
  • Theme 2: Collections
  • Theme 3: Representations

Local Conference Hosts

Daniel Tucker

Daniel Tucker

Director of Socially-Engaged & Studio Art and Assistant Professor, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia PA

Lynn Tomaszewski

Lynn Tomaszewski

Chief Academic Officer, Academic Dean, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia PA

Research Network Chair

Amareswar Galla

Amareswar Galla

Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership and Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL), and Dean of Faculty Development and Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India; Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/India/USA; UNITWIN-UNESCO Network – Tourism, Culture and Development, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; and Former Vice President, ICOM, Paris, and former President, ICOM of the Asia Pacific, Paris

Conference Partners

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