Interdisciplinary Networks for Cultural Heritage Risk Management:
Case Studies and Opportunities for Collaboration

The ICOM Disaster Resilient Museums Committee (DRMC) invites papers for its 2021 hybrid conference, “Interdisciplinary Networks for Cultural Heritage Risk Management: Case Studies and Opportunities for Collaboration.” Around the world, museums are aware that their staff and collections face risks from disaster events—including earthquakes, tsunami, fire, climate change, in addition to political instability and conflict. The prior experience of museum professionals in addressing these disasters helps to inform our field about strategies to help safeguard lives and collections. With the backdrop of the Tenth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, ICOM DRMC is bringing together a conference that shares knowledge and expertise, case studies of good work done by museum professionals ahead of a disaster, responses to a disaster, as well as examples of strategies that failed. We will explore questions such as: How should museum professionals plan for a disaster? With what governmental and non-governmental actors has it been beneficial for museums to coordinate their actions and responses? What training aids have been particularly helpful? What have museums done in a moment of crisis? What strategies and interventions have not succeeded and why? What might have been done differently? What role do museums have in commemorating a moment of disaster and its aftermath? What is the role of leadership in responding to disaster events in a museum?

In raising these questions, ICOM DRMC aims to strengthen the expertise within ICOM on disaster risk management by encouraging professional networking around this important global topic. This conference will be held both in person and hosted online via Zoom.

Paper Proposal Guidelines:

Paper proposal should be 15 minutes in length and can include a visual presentation relating to the conference theme.
Please send an abstract include the elements below to by 31 August 2021.

Subject: “DRMC 2021 proposal: [title of your proposal]”

  • Author(s)’s full name
  • Short biography (max. 75 words)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • E-mail address
  • ICOM membership number, if applicable
  • Title of the proposal
  • Abstract no more than 350 words
  • Keywords(max.5)

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Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 September 2021CLOSE
Notification of acceptance: 20 September 2021After 30 September 2021
Deadline for presentation submission: 25 October 2021
* To avoid any technical problems and delays, all speakers attend via Zoom must submit a recording of their presentation ahead of the conference, no later than 25 October 2021.
DRMC will provide further detailed guidelines to help speakers prepare the recording with the notification of acceptance.
Conference dates: 4-7 November 2021

For enquiries regarding this Call for Papers, please contact:
DRMC 2021 Annual Conference Organizing Committee at


The International Council of Museums’ Disaster Resilient Museums Committee (ICOM DRMC) is the ICOM International Committee with the mission to serve museums globally as an effective, inspiring, instrumental, and cooperative interdisciplinary platform aboutemergency preparedness and disaster response.

The ICOM DRMC’s goals are:
Goal 1
To increase awareness about the importance of disaster risk management and museums within ICOM.
Goal 2
To identify opportunities for collaboration with other stakeholder organizations in the field of cultural heritage and disaster response.
Goal 3
To provide a mechanism among the museum community for the dissemination of information resources, training opportunities, and professional networking about disaster risk management.

Mandate of the current Board: 2020-2022

Ihor POSHYVAILO (Ukraine)
Yuji KURIHARA (Japan)

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