Event 1: The Shape of Things

New and emerging technology-enabled models of participation through VGC

Location School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK
Dates January 31st –February 1st, 2013

A wealth of projects across the heritage sector have been seeking to capture and disseminate VGC. iSay aims to bring those projects together in order to understand their implications both on visitor participation and on visitor content. In so doing, the project will:

  • expose the ethics and the practicalities of ‘generating’ visitor content;
  • question the various frames within which VGC is encouraged and facilitated;
  • problematise the term ‘visitor-generated content’ itself, to unpack inherent assumptions about power and influence;
  • expose, critique and, importantly, learn from past practices; and ultimately
  • re-conceptualise traditional practices of collecting, archiving and capturing VGC as live processes of dialogue for the co-creation of heritage.

The Shape of Things will be a two-day event and will include keynote addresses, presentations from museum professionals and academics with experience of VGC projects, participant-led sessions, and live debates on the value of VGC.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Angelina Russo (RMIT, Australia) Transformations in Cultural Communications

Dr Nina Simon (Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, US) The participatory Museum

Mia Ridge (Chair, Museums Computer Group, UK; and PhD student, the Open University, UK) Crowd-sourcing as participation

Dr Ross Parry (University of Leicester, UK) The end of the beginning: Normativity in the postdigital museum


Registration for the event is free.

Important dates

Call for proposals published: 12 Nov 2012

Submission of proposals: 7 Dec 2012 21 Dec 2012

Notification of acceptance: 14 Dec 2012

Description for project blog due: 10 Jan 2013

Registration open: 30 Nov 2012 – 15 Jan 2013

The Shape of Things: 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2013


General enquiries about the project may be sent to iSayEvents@gmail.com.

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