Call for Papers: Understanding and Engaging Multilingual Audiences [Journal: "Museums and Social Issues"]

Country: USA

City: Indianapolis

Abstr. due: 25.08.2014

Dates: 01.01.15 — 01.01.15

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Sociology;

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Organizers: Museums and Social Issues


rnational perspective and encourage our international colleagues to submit articles for consideration.


Priority will be given to articles that broadly consider, discuss, and synthesize the issues about this topic. We are looking for papers that are broad in nature, provide theoretical and practical ideas, and are relevant to more than one institution or audience. While case studies will be considered, they will be stronger submissions if they focus more on how the findings can be applied to other institutions, and add to the literature base. We are especially seeking articles on research and evaluation conducted with multilingual audiences, as well as those that discuss theory, thought pieces and practitioner-focused submission.


We welcome submissions from disciplines inside and outside the museum fields. Through this special issue, we hope to synthesize the current state of the field and bring together a range of perspectives from a variety of fields that can advance the conversation about this critical topic.


Potential submission topics


Though we welcome all submissions relevant to the call outlined above, following are some examples of potential topics:

  • Basic research or evaluation about the impact of providing a multilingual experience in a museum setting (exhibitions, programs and other opportunities). For example, how does the addition of other languages affect the intended audiences? Additionally, what impacts, if any, does this have on audiences who don’t speak that language? We are particularly interested in cross-institutional studies.
  • Articles about the theory of language use and multilingual experiences, from fields such as psychology, sociology, linguistics, anthropology, science learning, education, and others. How might these theories translate to museum practice, particularly in terms of the design and development of multilingual experiences?
  • Articles focusing on institutional process and decision-making around incorporating (or not) multilingual approaches, with a focus on how similar approaches can be applied in other institutions.
  • Thought pieces on the philosophical, political, and social dimensions of engaging linguistically diverse groups. For example, how do changing global trends, especially immigration and technology use, shape the way we think about linguistic support? Where does (or doesn’t) equity fit into this conversation?

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