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The only specialized publication highlights Museums and the Digital Experience

27 March 2021

Museum professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa are invited to share their best practice and experiences in response to today’s digital focus, and how they have explored new methods amidst Covid-19 imposed challenges, to ensure engagement with their audiences.

All chosen articles by the selection committee will appear in the upcoming edition of the biennially ‘Museums in the Middle East Journal’ published by Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA). The Journal is made available for free download in both English and Arabic on SMA’s website.


Museums and the Digital Experience will be the topic of the third edition, which is expected to be available for free in January 2022.


“I want to encourage museum professionals from the region to consider submitting articles to be featured in our journal as it is evident that we all want to learn from our peers with similar challenges and be able to learn what models to try out that could be beneficial,” said Manal Ataya, the Director General of SMA.


“Many museums in the Arab region lack communication and knowledge of what others are doing so this journal is critical in highlighting the work being done and helping make connections. I am proud that this is the only journal of its kind and it is my personal endeavour to make this knowledge accessible,” she added.


The past two editions of the journal focused on museums and social responsibility as well as best practices for people with different disabilities.


Wide participation from institutions in the UAE, the GCC, Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine to name a few were part of previous editions. These previous editions are available to download from SMA's official website.  


Papers can be submitted via the dedicated webpage and must highlight any new online initiatives, programs, exhibitions and solutions as well as successful examples using social media to establish new audiences.


Authors have to attach a 100-word biography including their contact details, an abstract of no more than 300 words in English or Arabic, while full articles should be between 1500-2500 words.


Deadline is on April 25 for abstracts and June 22 for articles.

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