As the summer is here, we would like to share some of our latest news before you go on your vacations. In this issue: dates of the EMA meeting in Luxemburg, a review of "El Lenguaje Museografico, and more.

As the summer is here, we would like to share some of our latest news before you go on your vacations. In case you happen to go to Serbia, do visit the Gallery Matica Srpska in Novi Sad for their latest exhibition, or if you go to Romania, please do visit the National Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest, the winner of DASA Award 2020/21. You’ll find more about these two museums in this issue.

For the third year in a row, the call for the Master Study of the Year Award is out and this year, for the first time, we invite master theses in English, French and German. Help us spread the call by sharing it with your circles in academia.

After two years of remote online gatherings, we are finally coming together for the EMA annual meeting and Awards Ceremony in Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg on 8-10 September. The venue will also host the Children in Museums Award Ceremony. Save the date in your calendars and please do follow our social media accounts for further information on the registration.

We are looking forward to the meeting in Luxembourg.

Have a pleasant summer!

European Museum Academy


We are happy to announce that after two years of remote, online gatherings, we finally will meet in person for the EMA Meeting in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg on 8 – 11 September 2022 (Thursday and Sunday).

The conference fee will be 250 Euros. A detailed programme will follow asap along with the applications formalities.

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‘EL LENGUAJE MUSEOGRAFICO’ A REVIEW by Massimo Negri, EMA Scientific Director

‘El Lenguaje Museogràfico’ is the title of a book by Guillermo Fernàndez which can be downloaded without charge from this site: www.ellenguajemuseografico.org.

It is also available in hard copy with this number ISBN9788409349425.

Its subtitle clarifies the content and justifies the main reason for this review, as follows:

‘A short handbook introducing to the knowledge and the use of the fascinating language of 21st century’ – and here we come to the pillar of this discourse: to exhibit means to use a specific language with its words and its grammar.  Exhibiting is a means of communication which plays a special role in the context of contemporary mass media; exhibiting is everywhere not only in museums and galleries. 

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague François-Xavier in April. Latterly a teacher of linguistics, phonetics and phonology at the University of Liège, he was also a prolific author, with books on subjects ranging from La Puissance militaire soviétique to more than 50 books for children. A devoted family man with four daughters, he brought his enthusiasm for life to his participation in EMA activities – first briefly as a judge for the Children in Museums Award and then for the EMA Awards. 

For more information please follow the link.


Shortlisted Candidates

  • Hidrodoe, Herentals, Belgium
  • Hans Christian Andersen House, Ville Vau and the Universe of Learning, Odense, Denmark
  • ANOHA – Children’s World of the Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • National Gallery of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Kindermuseum Creaviva, Bern, Switzerland
  • Leeds Museums & Galleries, Leeds, United Kingdom

Information on the Award

The Children in Museums Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognises excellence and innovation in programmes and exhibits designed for children up to the age of 14 years.

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For the third year the European Museum Academy invites students on master level programmes to participate in our efforts to stimulate further development of the museum sector in Europe. Each of the 50+ European Universities may contribute with one master paper in English, French, or German, from which a panel of judges from the European Museum Academy pool of experts will select The European Museum Academy Master Study of the YearThe overall criteria for assessing the master studies is the extent of European relevance and inspiration.

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The Gallery of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia

Starting from the fact that the city is shaped by citizens, their origins, heritage, habits and orientations, and that the museum is a place of collective memory that collects and preserves different life stories of individuals, the Gallery of Matica Srpska in Novi Sad decided to open its collection and offer it to fellow citizens through works of art – in the space of our Gallery they tell the story of themselves and their city. We chose them not according to some logarithm or formula but thinking about them as individuals of different professions who are in different ways related to Novi Sad, but also to our institution. They are major actors from Novi Sad, who are engaged in different fields of culture, education, science and economy, different nationalities, and religions and as such show the diversity inherent in Novi Sad.

For more information please follow the link.


The National Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest won the 2021 DASA Award.  The director, Professor Ioan Cristescu, invited EMA to visit the museum and have a meeting with local directors as well discussing possible areas of cooperation for the future. 

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The development of the new cultural-tourist route started five years ago on the initiative of the International Foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures, and at the end of 2020 the Women Writers Route Association was formally established and registered. The latter is based in Villa Zlatica in Ljubljana. After several years of project work, programme activities, network expansion, evaluation by experts from the European Institute of Cultural Routes and a presentation at its headquarters in Luxembourg, the Women Writers Route was certified and became the first Council of Europe cultural route based in Slovenia.

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