Deadline for submission of proposals: March 15, 2023

In the setting of Uppsalas thousand year old history we want to bring the peace related stories of the city and Sweden alive. Sweden is proud to talk about its world record in peace, with more than 200 years free from war. Uppsala is often named “The peace city of Sweden”. The city has been home to four of the five historical Swedish Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: Hjalmar Branting, Nathan Söderblom, Alva Myrdal and Dag Hammarskjöld.

  1. What can we learn about peace sustainability from the Swedish world record of more than 200 years free from war, and from Uppsala’s reputation as “The peace city of Sweden”? 
    Through connecting historical events to current society, what can we learn from the past in order to prevent future conflicts and violence?
  2. How do we ensure that future generations learn from the past instead of about the past? 
    What was a “museum for peace” in the past? What is it now? What will it become?  
  3. What can museums learn from historical research, literary works, and oral histories about curating exhibits and presentations?

The House of Peace is a peace museum and a non-profit organization that works with a modern view of peace as a societal factor for human rights and social sustainability. Through exhibitions, educational activities and projects we engage in peace education for children and young people. Peace education is a method to transfer knowledge and insights that leads to peace, the pursuit of peace and increased respect for human rights. It is a way of working to maintain peace in peaceful countries and working for peace in areas of conflict. What theories are behind the practice of peace education? Who are the leading researchers and what research is still missing? Through the conference the attendees will experience peace education with young people up close and witness how the method can be used.

  1. What is “education for peacebuilding?” What are the goals, content, pedagogy, and ways of evaluating its effectiveness? 
  2. How can museums cooperate with schools and other educational organizations toward peacebuilding education? 
  3. How can educators and educational research help museums develop interactive methods and exhibitions that engage students and other audiences toward “peace-mindedness”? 
  4. How can we help bring important research results to the public through our exhibitions? 
  5. What examples of peacebuilding education strategies have you implemented in your work?

Modern peace museums play an important part in telling the history of peace as well as working to keep the peace for the future. We need to tell not only the story about the absence of war, but also about human rights and social sustainability. What can museums of the world learn from each other in these matters and what stories are there to tell from around the world? During the conference there will be a showcase where projects for and with youths are presented in short. We encourage museums, organizations and civil initiatives to submit and share their good examples in order to create a smorgasbord of inspiration.

  1. What is the peacebuilding role of museums and civil society in the present? How do museums envision “the present work to apply learning from the past to realize a peaceful future”?  
  2. How do we inspire, engage and prepare youth for their role as peacebuilding global citizens?
  3. How do we engage youths in our work and equip them with tools to stand against anti-democratic forces, discrimination and violence?
  4. How do present day academic and civil society organizations work with peace related issues, and how can we as museums learn from this work?
  5. What are your examples and reflections, ideas and action steps for peacebuilding in the present and future at this Conference? 

submit a proposal

The International Network of Museums for Peace invites you to submit proposals for papers, panels/roundtables, workshops/tutorials, exhibitions (photo, video, artwork, or artifacts), or cultural performance (music, dance, sport) relevant to the conference themes.

Submissions from museum personnel (directors, curators, staff, board members, volunteers) as well as teachers, students, community and civic leaders, activists, academics, journalists, youth, and first-time presenters are very welcome.  The International Conference of Museums for Peace creates a welcoming community designed to facilitate the sharing of work and ideas across disciplines and vocations. 

Deadline for submission of proposals: March 15, 2023

Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 30, 2023

Conference Registration deadline for Presenters: May 15, 2023

[NOTE: If you have not paid the Conference Registration Fee by this date, your name and presentation will be removed from the Conference Program.]

In order to submit a proposal you need to register as a new submitter. Submissions are limited to 2 proposals per person. Once you have created a new proposal there is a time limit of 2 hours to finish your submission. The submission system autosaves your proposal every 30 seconds.

Some important info:

  • The Conference meetings and exhibits program will be held on 14-16 August 2023 on the Uppsala University Campus. 
  • The Conference language will be English.  
  • Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. 
  • Priority will be given to INMP members.   
  • A limited number of conference sessions will be available as virtual-live-streamed events, as indicated in the list below. 
  • The Conference Committee may assign your presentation type/category to one other than the one you proposed.

Types/Categories of Conference Presentations

1 - individual (or co-authored) paper or report

2 - panel /roundtable (4 or 5 speakers reporting or discussing a common issue or theme.)

3- workshop / tutorial [demonstration of a peacebuilding lesson, strategy, intervention, or research method]

4- poster session / exhibition (photo, video, artwork, or artifacts)

5- cultural performance (music, dance, sport, etc.)