Conference Themes

International Symposium on School Museums, Museum Education and Educational History:

Creating Learning Experiences and Building Bridges for Open and Sustainable Societies”



 The 19th Symposium on School Museums and Collections of Educational History intends to explore and reflect on the contribution of school museums and educational collections to the development of the modern dialogue on “Creating Learning Experiences and Building Bridges for Open and Sustainable Societies”

Learning experiences refers to any interaction, pathways, program, or other involvement in which learning takes place in museums and collections, whether it occurs in traditional educational settings or nontraditional environments (learning through games and interactive software applications). Because people learn in an extensive variety of surroundings and ways, the term is used as a more inclusive term to support the new goals of an educational interaction/ learning in modern museums and galleries.

It reflects larger pedagogical and technological changes that have occurred today in the design and delivery of knowledge, and it represents and attempt to update conceptions for whom and of how, when, and where learning can come about. Besides, the importance of open access in creating sustainable societies for the future generations is a key challenge for the Symposium.

The issues we face with energy and the environment are complex and include all aspects of sustainability as well as society. Expressly, cultural sustainability is increasingly seen as a fourth dimension of sustainable development. However, studies on cultural viability in museums are rare. Thus, the other pillar aim of our symposium is to fill this gap: heritage exposure, environmental behavior, openness to the public, and effectiveness and enactment in collecting, preserving, and researching the cultural heritage.




  1. School Museums, Cultural Sustainability and Sustainable Societies
  2. Museums as Places of Lifelong Learning
  3. Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning: Museums and Life Narratives
  4. Local History in School Museums
  5. Heritage Education and New Technologies
  6. Museum Pedagogy and Creativity: Learning Through the Arts
  7. Educational Programs and Cultural Activities in Museums of 21st Century
  8. Museums and Vulnerable Groups (people with special needs, people with low qualifications, people at risk of social exclusion, immigrants, displaced people, etc.)
  9. Developing Exhibitions Toolkit in Museums (Innovative and Creative practices)
  10. Museums of Education, Critical Pedagogy and Educational Changes
  11. Historical Education Today and the Promotion of Democratic Societies
  12. Gendered History of Education in School Museums
  13. Social / Ideological Uses of Historical Educational Knowledge
  14. Teaching history of education in Higher Education Today: Epistemological and Methodological Issues


Abstract Submission (starts)
Abstract Submission (ends)
Abstract Review (results announced)
Full paper Submission
Full paper (results announced)
Registration (Early bird)
Registration (late)
30.03.2021 Draft program (announced)
30.04.2021 Final program (announced)


Student and Cultural Centre Xenia, University of Crete, City of Rethymno, Crete, Greece