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Mini Conference / AGM 2017

IMTAL Europe members, museum educators, guides or volunteers who wish to specialise in costumed live interpretation are invited to the IMTAL Europe Mini Conference and AGM in Salzburg/Austria on December 13th - 15th. The Mini Conference offers theatrical presentations, "how-to" workshops and talks given by museum professionals from around Europe. Get ready for an exceptional experience. Over the next few days, you will laugh, cry, sing, dance, discuss and explore new horizons. Enjoy!

Registration is closed.

Conference Schedule (Third Draft: Program Change Excepted)

Time Event / Activity Venue Included in Conference Fee?
Wednesday, 13th December 2017 (Arrival Day) - Mini Conference Day 1
11:00 - 12:00 IMTAL Europe Board Meeting (Board Members only) Conference Venue Yes
09:00 - 13:00 Arrival of Delegates in Salzburg/Austria:
  1. Allocation of Rooms
  2. Conference Check-In / Registration at Conference Office and Orientation Information
Conference Venue &
14:00 - 14:20 Wellcome notes:
  1. Dipl.-Theol. Ingo R. Glückler, M.A. (LIS), M.Th. (IMTAL Board Member and Insights Europe Publisher)
  2. Dr. Thomas Mitterecker (Director of Archive)
  3. Marc van Hasselt MA (Chair of IMTAL Europe)
Conference Venue Yes
14:20 - 15:00 Keynote Address: Dr. Mag. Thomas Edelmann MAS (Marketing/Public Relations) and Mag. Georg Rütgen (Head of Museum Education) from The Austrian National Army Museum, Austria: Wars Belong in Museums and Nowhere Else: Museological and Didactical Considerations on Dealing with (Living-)History in the Museum of Military History Conference Venue Yes
15:00 - 15:30

Presentation 1: Dr. Marion Grossmann (Director of Interpretation, The Roman City Quarter and Open Air Museum Carnuntum, Austria): Carnuntum – its appearance and the mediation of Roman Culture

The archaeological site of Carnuntum situated 50 km east of Vienna, is Austria’s largest archaeological complex. Archaeological investigations shed more light on houses of which the remaining ruins have been displayed since the late 1940s in an open air museum. In the past 10 years, several of these buildings were reconstructed: a citizen’s house (so-called „House of Lucius“), a splendid City mansion (so-called „Villa Urbana“) and public baths are structures that can actually be lived in. For all reconstructions, solely experimental archaeology was applied. But what opportunities for interpretation do reconstructed buildings provide? What does the existence of fully visitable Roman houses mean for Carnuntum’s cultural mediation? Of course, carefully chosen interpretative teaching and mediating methods need to correspond with and complement the reconstructions. The interpretation methods used are mostly narrative and give the visitor the feeling as if the inhabitants of the houses or the city had left merely a few minutes ago.

Conference Venue Yes
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break Conference Venue Yes
16:00 - 16:30

Presentation 2: Jerker Fahlström (Director Taeter Teatro & stage, film, radio and television actor, Sweden): Theatre in Museum - Museum Theatre!

A discussion about: What do we want theatre at museums to be? What are the possibilities for doing that? Can we think beyond our limits?

Conference Venue Yes
16:30 - 17:00

Presentation 3: Ibrahim Karabed MA (Director Theater + Zeit Munich, Germany): Walk a Tightrope? Interpreting Ashkenazim Jewish live through the Centuries

Interpreting marginalized groups from the past has its own pitfalls especially if we talking about Jewish life in Europe. On the other hand, it holds lots of potential and opportunities in regards of playing with stereotypes, educating the audiences and anti-Semitism prevention. However it’s quit a challenge for all involved parties be it for the interpreter, the actors of the social majority or spectators. This will be a short summary how I came to that, of the necessary preparation and my own experience interpreting Ashkenazim Jewish live in several museum settings.

Conference Venue Yes
17:15 - 18:00

Presentation 4: Dipl.-Theol. Ingo R Glückler MA, MTh and Mag. Markus Bürscher MA (Catholic University of Linz, Austria): Interpreting religious conflict and controversy in times of change.

After a introduction to costumed interpretation of religious conflict and controversy in times of change we will invite you to the generally closed Saint Mary's Chapel in St. Peter's Abbey the oldest monastery in Northern Europe. In the course of the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation we will meet Johann von Staupitz, O.S.B., abbot of St. Peter's Abbey in the years 1523-1524, and mentor of Martin Luther. Standing on his actual tomb he tells us about his life, his boarding pupil Martin Luther and the ongoing Reformation. Long version on YouTube in German.

St Peter's Abbey Yes
18:15 -

Dinner at traditional Augustiner Bräustübl Mülln at your expense, those who wish can walk back after dinner with Ingo via Mönchsberg and enjoy the best view over winterly Salzburg.

At the foot of the Mönchsberg, in Salzburg’s Mülln neighbourhood, beer has been brewed and then enjoyed amongst social circles since 1621. The beer is drawn from wooden barrels and served in stone jugs, or steins. Regional and traditional dishes can be bought directly from various food stands which is set up to resemble a traditional marketplace. The Bräustübl is a well-respected traditional meeting place – a piece of living history in the world heritage centre of Salzburg. 

Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln OG

Food: No (due to nature of venue)

Drinks: Yes 

Thursday, 14th December 2017 - Mini Conference Day 2
08:00 - 08:50 Breakfast Accommodation Yes
09:00 Group meets at main entrance to Residenzgalerie Salzburg, DomQuartier Salzburg GmbH
Franziskanergasse 5a, 5020 Salzburg.
Residenzgalerie Salzburg / Entrance Yes
09:05 - 09:15 Wellcome note from Monika Fermin-Vaez (Director of Interpretation, DomQuartier Salzburg, Austria). Residenzgalerie Salzburg / Museum Educational Room Yes
09:15 - 10:40

Workshop 1: Mag. Angela Pfenninger (Director Museum - Theater - Events and Insights Europe Publisher, Germany): Some museum objects speak to you. Give them a voice, so others may hear their narrative, too.

By means of improvisational acting, and with childlike openness, we shall explore the emotive, poetic qualities inherent in artworks and artefacts. The scenic approaches thus generated can serve as a useful and imaginative "way in" to interpreting the historical content and museum clients' learning objectives. It is an active participation group workshop.

Residenzgalerie Salzburg Yes
10:40 - 10:50 Coffee Break Residenzgalerie Salzburg / Museum Educational Room Yes
10:50 - 12:15

Workshop 2: Annemarie Pothaar MA (Project Coordinator, Halve Maen / Westfries Museum - Hoorn, The Netherlands): Live Interpretation used for museum learning activities.

Using Live interpretation in a museum education setting. How do people learn and how can you see learning is taking place? We will take notice of some basic museum learning theories and methods and put these into practice when working with live historic costumed interpretation, and rescind from the educational effect we are looking for. We will work in the museum to find a setting or artefacts that interest you. These will be our starting point to develop a live on the spot interpretation. It is an active participation group workshop, in which we combine theory and practice with performance.

Residenzgalerie Salzburg Yes
12:30 - 13:40 Lunch at Propstey-Stüberl near the Conference Venue and free time (Salzburg Christmas Market, Salzburg Cathedral, etc.) Propstey-Stüberl and City Yes and No
13:40 - 14:00

Presentation 5: Christina Metzger (FACE Freiburg (ALU / PH), Germany): Performing Heritage in a 'Teaching' Context.

A trans-disciplinary project involving the University of Freiburg as well as the Universities of Tübingen and Konstanz is currently getting under way. It aim is a revival of scholarly research in the field of didactics of history in connection with Museum Theatre and Living History Interpretation. Under the German umbrella term "Geschichtstheater", a variety of ways and modes of staging the past are going to be investigated by scholars from the fields of Cultural Studies, Folklore Studies, Geography, and History. The aim is to provide teachers, museum staff, and tourist guides, with more reliable ressources concerning 'presentations' of their various pasts / histories, using theatrical techniques as well as 'authentic' props and costume for good results.

Conference Venue Yes
14:00 - 14:30

Presentation 6: Marc van Hasselt MA (Director Novitas Heritage, Project Manager for Archeon and IMTAL Europe Chair, The Netherlands): Storytelling and Real Life Games: Museum Escape as an Example.

Museum Theatre and storytelling is all about interaction. Another way to entice visitors to engage with cultural heritage is by inviting them to engage in play. In 1938, Johan Huizinga defined play as a "necessary producer of culture". By giving some examples about using both Live Interpretation and gamification to engage with museum visitors, I hope to inspire others to be more playful in their interactions.

Conference Venue Yes
14:30 - 15:00

Presentation 7: Dr. Jutta Leskovar (Upper Austrian State Museum, Director of Praehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology Collection) and Mag. Helga Rösel-Mautendorfer (Celtic Village Mitterkirchen): Living History, Archaeology and the Open Air Museum of Mitterkirchen/Upper Austria

In 2011, a Living History project started in the open air museum of Mitterkirchen, Upper Austria. The museum is dedicated to the early Iron Age, having been built following 10 years of excavating a large early Hallstatt period cemetery in the 1990ies. The scenery, consisting of a group of reconstructed buildings of different purpose and a reconstructed tumulus, among other features as a small restaurant etc., is usually „inhabited“ by women who act as guides and teachers during workshops. In order to add another attraction for visitors, and for filming a documentary, a project called „Prunkwagen und Hirsebrei“ started in summer 2011. A group of 11 people (among them some archaeologists) moved into the museum village and tried to live a Hallstatt period live, as authentically as possible. One of the most important parts of this project is the contact to visitors.

Conference Venue Yes
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break Conference Venue Yes
15:30 - 16:00

Presentation 8: Marita Hesjedal MA (Theatre Director. Museum educator/Drama teacher, Oslo Schoolmuseum, Education authority, City of Oslo, Norway): "They took our school – young in occupied Oslo":  An educational program, using museum theatre as method, for 14-15 year olds.

Based on the exhibition about how World War II in Oslo, Norway afflicted schooling and the lives of children and adolescents, the museum is running an educational program addressing 14-15 year old pupils. The program use museum theatre as method and takes place in the pupil´s schools, is based on interviews with time witnesses.

Conference Venue Yes
16:00 - 16:30

Presentation 9: Éva Birkás MA (Museum of Fine Arts Budapest, Hungary): Constructing Knowledge Through Live Interpretation

In the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest in the Gallery of Classical Antiquities school children have the opportunity to meet ancient Greek and Roman characters since 2012. Participating in live interpretation sessions they can get acquainted with classical antiquity in a different way from what happens at school classes. Meeting and interacting with a character from a far-away time lets them challenge their concepts, ideas, attitudes in connection with the period, the objects made then and people's lives then. The aim is to foster the development of historical empathy in children and to make them become active meaning makers instead of passive recipients.

Conference Venue Yes
16:45 - 17:00 Cable Railway to the Fortress Hohensalzburg Bottom Station Yes
17:00 - 19:00

Presentation 10/Workshop 3: Dr. Siegrid Schmidt (Director of Interpretation, Fortress of Hohensalzburg, Austria): Literature and Theatre in the Fortress: Tour of the Fortress of Hohensalzburg with Scenic Improvisations by Actors and Conference Participants.

Hohensalzburg Fortress is enthroned on the Mönchsberg, high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe.

Bring your costume!

Fortress of Hohensalzburg Yes
19:00 - 

Knight's Dinner at Fortress of Hohensalzburg

We treat yourself to a medieval banquet in Salzburg Fortress. The Great Hall and the Castle Tavern offers the right atmosphere. In the 900 year old castle just above the Old City of Salzburg, We will eat, party and drink just like the inhabitants of the fortress might have in the Late Middle Ages. 

Bring your costume and instruments!

Fortress of Hohensalzburg Yes
Friday, 15th December 2017 - Annual General Meeting 2017 (AGM)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast and Check-Out Accommodation Yes
09:15 - 11:30

Annual General Meeting 2017 (AGM) - IMTAL Members Only:

  1. Opening
  2. Minutes of the last AGM
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chairs Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Membership
  7. Insights Magazine
  8. Events and conferences 2018
  9. Future of IMTAL Europe and board election - Call for nominations for the IMTAL-Europe Board: IMTAL currently has a broad range of people who fulfill a number of tasks on the board. In preparation for the 2017 AGM, we would like to invite anyone who wishes to run for a position on the board to put themselves forward. Since we do not have any positions that need to be filled at the moment, you are welcome to run for any position you desire, which the IMTAL members will then vote on during the AGM on December 15th. Please submit your application to Marc van Hasselt by Friday, December 8th at the latest.
  10. Date of the next conference 

There will be a Skype conference call for IMTAL members who cannot attend. Please, let us know your Skype-IDs via email in order to add you to the conference group.

Small Conference Room in Conference Venue Yes
11:30 - 12:00 End of Mini Conference and AGM 2017; Lunch for those who are staying in Salzburg - No


The last day to register for the conference will be 30th November 2017.
Time will be allowed during each session for participants to ask questions and share experiences. Time will also be set aside at the end of the day for participants to ask questions regarding their particular situation or topics not covered during the sessions.

Cost of Conference: Accommodation, all meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.

> Accommodation:

  • Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th: € 80,- including breakfast (one night only).
  • Thursday 14th - Friday 15th: € 80,- including breakfast (one night only).
  • Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th: € 160,- including breakfast (two nights, i.e. whole Mini Conference and AGM 2017).
  • No accommodation required: € 0,-.

> Conference Fee:

  • Regular (non-IMTAL member) € 100,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]
  • Student (non-IMTAL member) € 80,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]
  • Regular (IMTAL member) € 80,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]
  • Student (IMTAL member) € 70,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]

Airports: We suggest Salzburg International Airport.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) / Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB): Direct trains from Munich, Vienna and Linz to Salzburg Central Station. Buy your ticket online well in advance to obtain early bird tickets (Sparpreis Europa or Europa Special) either from Deutsche Bahn (DB) or from Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB).

We wish to thank the following institutions for their support in the organization of this IMTAL Mini Conference and AGM 2017:

  • Archive of the Archdiocese of Salzburg, Kapitelplatz 3, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria.
  • Residenzgalerie Salzburg, DomQuartier Salzburg GmbH, Franziskanergasse 5a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.
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