The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Open Museum Journal 8 (2006)

From the H-Museum Network:

Open Museum Journal vol. 8 (2006): Contest & Contemporary Society.

Redefining museums in the 21st Century
edited by Fiona Cameron & Andrea Witcomb
The issue is based on a one day Symposium held in Sydney in 2003 sponsored by the Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW, History Department,University of Sydney and the Australian Museum Audience Research Centre. The symposium was based on a research project looking at the relationship between contestation and museums.The project was funded by the Australian Research Council and the Canadian Museums Association.

Criticality and Contention: museums, contemporary societies, civic roles and responsibilities in the 21st Century
Fiona Cameron

Beyond Surface Representations
Museums, Edgy Topics, Civic Responsibilities and Modes of Engagement
by Fiona Cameron

Pushing Buttons
Controversial topics in museums
by Linda Ferguson

Museums as Sources of Information and Learning
The decision making process
by Linda Kelly

Along the continuum, museums and possibilities
by Elaine Heumann Gurian

Museums and the culture wars
In defence of civic pluralism
by Graeme Davison

Content and Contention
Can museums present controversial issues?
by Patrick Greene

A journalist's perspective on the museum world
by Chris Nash

Panel Discussion
chaired by Dr Paul Tacon

Open Museum JournalAustralia's only peer-reviewed online museum journal
ISSN 1443-5144

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies

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