Call for papers

Museological Review, Issue 23: (Dis)empowered Museums

The issue will be published in June 2019

Submission Deadline: 17:00 GMT, Saturday 3 November 2018

Museological Review (MR) is a peer-reviewed journal, published annually, by the community of PhD students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. It is aimed at graduated Masters students, PhD students and early career researchers from around the world and from any museum-related discipline. It is a forum for the exchange of museological ideas and the development of academic skills.

The theme for Museological Review Issue 23 is (Dis)empowered Museums. As an active response to the 7th PhD-led conference ‘Museums (em)Power’ (13th–14th September, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester), we invite people to reflect on the power of museums today.

Museums have the power to influence behaviours, foster change, improve lives and establish partnerships between different individuals and communities. Nevertheless, some would argue that museums are gradually losing their power. Disempowerment can be traced back to several factors, from financial restrictions to the current political situation. A very recent example is the Brazil’s National Museum fire, where insufficient financial resources from the Brazilian government was a significant factor in the permanent loss of invaluable museum collections.

What does power (or lack of power) in museums look like today? And how does this impact their social role?

We welcome submissions around the topic of museums and power, whether that be empowerment or disempowerment. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Museums and contested histories
  • Re-interpretation and/or repatriation projects
  • Activist practices in cultural institutions
  • Decolonising the museum
  • Diversity, representation and inclusion in museums
  • The role of social media/activist campaigns
  • Museums without collections and permanent displays
  • Participatory museums
  • Radical museology
  • Museums and political attitudes

Journal Sections

Two Sections for Academic Articles (maximum 5,000 words)

  1. (Dis)empowered Museums
  2. Special section for the speakers of the ‘Museums (em)Power’ conference

The editors welcome submissions of abstracts (350 words) and draft structures of academic articles that will be developed into academic articles. The requirements are as follow (Referencing style guide attached below):

  • Title of article
  • Full name of the author
  • 350 words
  • 3-5 keywords
  • Draft article structure
  • Full postal address, professional qualifications, the position held

Exhibition or Book Reviews (maximum 1,000 words)

We also encourage creative and alternative formats including exhibition or book reviews.

Visual Submissions

The editors welcome visual submissions comprising a single image which depicts the theme of “(Dis)empowered Museums”. The image can be manipulated and edited.  A title and a short caption of 150 words or less should enhance the message, but the image must be able to communicate on its merit. Visual submissions must be original work. Any identifiable persons depicted must agree to allow their image to be published. Please submit your image as a .jpeg or .tif file to a resolution of 600 dpi and 3508x2480 pixels. Please submit your caption in a Microsoft Word document.


The authors of the selected abstracts/exhibition or book reviews/visual submissions will be contacted in late-November 2018. The deadline for the submission of the full academic articles (maximum 5,000 words) is mid-January 2019. The editorial team will then contact authors in January 2019. The editorial process (peer-review and editing) of those accepted submissions will take place from January to April 2019. Final publication decisions will be made after the peer review and editing process. The issue will be available from the Museological Review webpage by June 2019.


Full version of the academic articles should meet the following requirements:

  • Title of article
  • Abstract (150 words)
  • 3-5 keywords
  • The main body of the paper (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Do not use footnotes, only numbered endnotes if necessary
  • Acknowledgements
  • References/Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • Author’s name
  • Full postal address, professional qualifications, the position held
  • Please note that the email address of corresponding authors will normally be displayed in the journal


  • A digital copy of the typescript is required in Microsoft Word format
  • All submissions must be in English.  British English spelling is preferred.
  • Times New Roman font size 12
  • A4 format (21 cm x 29.7 cm)
  • Double line spacing
  • Normal margins (2.54 cm on all sides)
  • The sub-headings should be typed in exactly the same way as the ordinary text but should be in bold.

Note: It is NOT POSSIBLE for the editorial team to undertake or arrange for independent proofreading and the obligation for thorough checking is the responsibility of the authors. The publication cannot be assured until final revisions are accepted.


Submission is free.

All submissions should be emailed to: OR; Uploaded through the online form. Please ensure you have read our notes for contributors.