Grupo de Estudos Arquitetura de Museus


1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities
September 19-21, 2012 * Seixal * Portugal

ECOMUSEUMS 2012 is a double blind peer-reviewed conference.

Co-Organized by:

  • The Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
  • The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies – Newcastle University

Conference Overview

Ecomuseums 2012 – 1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities aims at gathering scholars, academics and practitioners working in the areas of Ecomuseums and Community Museums.

The ecomuseum movement has its origins in late 1960’s France when the roles museums can play in linking people, their heritage expressions and places, as well as effecting social change, were examined. At this time, traditional museum activities, which centered on the collection of heritage to be interpreted by curators and other museum professionals within a museum building, were viewed as both limited and exclusive in approach. In more recent decades, ecomuseums have been established throughout the world and are guided by a variety of differing aims and objectives. For example, an ecomuseum may resemble a more conventional museum in appearance or, in other cases, an open–air community-controlled heritage project, depending on the place.

It can be considered that this wide range of ecomuseological and community-based museological initiatives demonstrates an international interest in alternative heritage management approaches. For this reason, Ecomuseums 2012 seeks to bring together scholars, researchers, architects and heritage professionals to discuss the commonalities, differences and future of safeguarding practices that are holistic and community oriented in scope.

Visit the conference website for full details about the conference scope, topics and submission procedures at:

Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract via the conference website: or contact the Conference Secretariat below.


  • Community-based museological approaches: challenges, opportunities, practices.
  • The evolution and geographical diaspora of ecomuseum practices.
  • Beyond ecomuseums: Sociomuseology, its theory and practice.
  • Place, communities and heritage: relationships and ecomuseological interventions.
  • Nature,culture and communities: making connections through ecomuseology.
  • The economuseum movement: conserving traditional crafts.
  • Tourism, environment and sustainability: ecomuseological approaches.
  • Working with ethnic minorities: community museology and indigenous curation.
  • Intangible cultural heritage: its significance to local communities and how museums/ecomuseums can assist in safeguarding.
  • Architecture and spatial planning: ecomuseological and inclusive approaches.
  • Urban ecomuseums: conceptual issues, challenges and opportunities.
  • Industrial communities: inclusive approaches to conservation and interpretation of industrial heritage.

Conference Secretariat

Secretariat ECOMUSEUMS 2012
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377 S12
4750-106 Barcelos, PORTUGAL
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037

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