CFP | History Dis-placed: Transitioning Historic Houses to a Virtual Experience

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End: November 30, 2020


History Dis-placed: Transitioning Historic Houses to a Virtual Experience


In the digital age, house-museums have increasingly been forced to renegotiate their identities and interactions with contemporary audiences through innovative practices. This was further challenged when museums across the globe were suddenly forced to pivot to, for many, an unfamiliar online discourse during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. Many of the educational tropes utilized to great affect by house-museums – including living history and audience participation – had to be jettisoned for on-line engagement.  Museum staff were challenged to create content, develop educational recourses, and provide access to collections with little preparation and amidst severe budget cuts. There has, perhaps, never been a greater challenge to museums around the globe, and historic homes are among the hardest hit in these unprecedented times. 


This edited volume asks for submissions from scholars, professionals, and students that address, but are not limited to, the tactics taken by house-museums after February 2020. How do museums that strive to bring in-person encounters to life continue to do so through an on-line presence? How can these site-specific museums re-create an aura or indexicality of space and place? What types of decisions need to be made when re-creating the museum collection for on-line perusal? How do those at house-museums envision visitor engagement into the future?


Submission Guidelines
Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words along with a 2-page CV to Karen Shelby ( and Emily Stokes-Rees ( by November 30, 2020 with the subject heading “House Museum Submission.” Editors will respond to submissions by December 15. Final papers of 6-8,000 words will be due June 15, 2021.