Challenges for the school museums and history of education in a time of globalization and digitization


We are pleased to invite interested scholars and other interested parties working with school museums, collections and educational history to submit a paper proposal/ an abstract for the 18th symposium for school museums and history of education collections.

The purpose of the 18. symposium is to focus on the challenges in preserving, communicating and working with school museums, educational collections and educational history in a global and digital era. How do we best preserve digitized material? How can we use existing digital platforms to boost our collections? Why and how do we share our digitized collections with the world. How can we use digital aspects in physical exhibitions? Which stories do we tell in an age of globalization? Moreover, what are the digital possibilities when researching? These are some of the challenges we would like to address.

The symposium will take place at the Royal Danish Library’s location in Emdrup, Copenhagen, at the Danish School of Education (DPU) and Aarhus University Library, from 3-5 July, 2019.


Lecturer and Ph. D. in German school didactics at the University of Leipzig in Germany, Sebastian Schmideler. He is a researcher in children’s literature.

Senior advisor and curator at SMK - National Gallery of Denmark, Merete Sanderhoff. She works with digitized cultural heritage, and how to share it with the world.

Senior researcher, Ph. D. and conservator at The Royal Danish Library, Ulla Bøgvad Kejser. She works with the digitization and preservation of documentary heritage.


Paper presentations are estimated to 30-40 minutes.

Poster sessions/ ignites are also part of the programme. You will have ten minutes to present your project at the conference.

Proposals for presentations and poster sessions/ignites should include max 500 words abstract, a short CV of max one page including contact information (email, phone number). Accepted languages: English. All documents should be forwarded as a single attachment in either Microsoft Word .doc or .docx. Please name the attachment your surname and “proposal”.

Deadline for submission is 15. January 2019 to

Central dates and contact information

15. January 2019: deadline for abstracts

1. March 2019: participants (both papers and ignites) are notified

1. April 2019: final registration

3. - 5. July 2019: 19. Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark

For further information:

Danish School History is a cooperation between the Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University Library, Emdrup and the Royal Danish Library.