Journal of Museum Education
Beyond the Cult of the Author: Museum Education in Literary Museums Today
Do you work in a museum dedicated to literature, a home an author lived in or a literature collection? How do you balance respect for great authors with a critical stance to their writing and/or life? Do you offer programs that interrogate questions of national identity, the formation of the literary canon, race, gender, or language? Do you explore the create process of writing in your programming? And how do you instill the love of reading and literature in your visitors?

The September 2020 edition of the Journal of Museum Education seeks to explore how educators are changing how we think about authors and literature, through programming that invites participation and asks questions; challenging the cult of the author in favor of exploring how literature relates to our lives today. We invite proposals that raise critical questions through the lens of museum education and interpretation about the role of literary museums today.

Submit your article proposal by answering the questions below. Be clear and concise. The guest editor will review submissions with the support of the MER Editorial Team and if your proposal is of interest, we will contact you to discuss your article in greater depth.

Article proposals must be submitted via the online form by Monday, July 1, 2019.
Name/s *
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Institution/s *
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Email (If multiple authors, select one person to serve as the main contact.) *
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If your article describes a particular program, please BRIEFLY describe that program or tour. If your article focuses on an approach, theory, or a history, please briefly describe that. *
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What is the GOAL of your program or approach? What issues specific to literary museums does it seek to address? *
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What TECHNIQUE or method is used? *
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Describe the target AUDIENCE for the program or initiative you discuss. *
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What makes the program, theory, or historical moment you discuss NOTEWORTHY, and how does it challenge the cult of the author?
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Thank you for submitting your article proposal.
The issue guest editor will be in touch in July 2019 regarding your submission.

If your article proposal is accepted and you agree to contribute, a draft of your 4,500-word article will be due on or before Monday, February 3, 2020 with the final version due for submission for peer review on Friday, April 3, 2020. All articles will undergo the standard double-blind peer review process, meaning you will not know who reviewed your work and reviewers will not know who wrote the article. Reviewers recommend publication, revision, or rejection of an article.

Feel free to contact the JME editors at with questions. Learn more about the Journal of Museum Education and the Call for Article Proposals at
The Journal of Museum Education (JME) is the premier peer-reviewed publication exploring and reporting on theory, training, and practice in the museum education field. Journal articles—written by museum, education, and research professionals—explore such relevant topics as museum-related learning theory; visitor engagement and community involvement; evaluation; teaching strategies for art, science, and history museums; and the responsibilities of museums as public institutions.
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