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2A Magazine March 2010 issue #13

Invitation for submission of articles for 2A Magazine March 2010 issue #13. Deadline: 7 March 2010
Jan 2010

Museums of the Middle East
[Muses of the Orient]
Guest Editors:
George Katodrytis (Associate Professor of Architecture, American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Susanne Weiss (Museologist and Curator, Sharjah, UAE and Berlin, Germany)
Dr. Negar Hakim (Art Historian, Vienna, Austria)
Museums of the Middle East:
Museums at the beginnings of the western world were temples to the Muses, the nine young goddesses who presided over the arts, literature and the sciences. Early museums began as private collections of individuals and institutions housing objects of scientific, artistic or historical importance for public viewing through exhibits. In the museum, the object, in many cases removed in time, place and circumstance from its original context, becomes a communicative tool that represents the past and its significance in relation to the present. This representation makes the museum a unique place, a hybrid space of diverse outcomes that distinguish content from surface.
Yet museum architecture is the new 21st century cultural enterprise, branding, corporate entities and big business. This museum-mania has lifted the role of the museum from a collection of artifacts to sensationalism, spectacle and the Bilbao effect.
Issue#13 of 2A magazine will map the current state of culture, the role of the museum and the making of institutions as spaces to accommodate art and culture in the Middle East. These organizations bring about a new and innovative 'urban abstraction' and create new challenges and contradictions for the region: east vs. west, high vs. popular taste, orientalism vs. modernism, colonialism vs. national identity, censorship vs. participation, authenticity vs. reenactment, identity vs. multiplicity.
The plethora of developments over the last ten years in the Middle East has resulted in generating new and dynamic urban conditions and it is now shifting to 'culture'. This has brought about a renewed interest for the construction of institutions for art, architecture, history, heritage and performance.

Contributors to the magazine may consider one or more of the following themes relevant to building cultural institutions of the 21st century:
Museums as Branding
Museums as Education
Museums as Architectural spaces
Museums as Art
Museums as Metropolitan hubs
Museums as Representation
Museums as Participation
Museums as Public spaces
Museums as Knowledge
Museums as Identity
Museums as Community and Regional Relevance
Museums as Private Collections
Museums as Archiving Culture
Call for submissions:
The guest editors of issue #13 of 2A would like to invite submissions of original research, essays, critical text and presentations of museums as well as art and cultural institutions of the Middle East: architectural, urban, cultural, artistic, historical and social.
Submission date:
Full article submissions (texts up to 2000 words with high resolution images if possible):
1 March 2010
The 2A magazine (www.2amagazine.com) will be published in spring 2010

Submission format and email:
All text to be in MS Word format and all images in jpeg, 300 dpi
info(at)2amagazine.com
and
gkatodrytis(at)aus.edu

(Press release)

Call for submissions:
The guest editors of issue #13 of 2A would like to invite submissions of original research, essays, critical text and presentations of museums as well as art and cultural institutions of the Middle East: architectural, urban, cultural, artistic, historical and social.

Deadline:
1 March 2010

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