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.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

CFP: Fields of Vision

From the H-Museum Network:

Fields of Vision: The Material and Visual Culture of New England, 1600-1830
Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts
November 9-10, 2007

It has been twenty-five years since the path-breaking exhibition New EnglandBegins opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibit, and itscomprehensive three-volume catalogue, brought new scholarly attention to theart, artifacts and built environment of early New England. Since that time,the discipline of material culture has matured, while the emergingfield of visual culture has brought new methods and genres to bear on thestudy of images, objects, landscapes and the technologies that shaped them.This two-day conference, sponsored by the Colonial Society of Massachusettsand the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the AmericanAntiquarian Society, will assess new approaches to the material and visual culture of New England. Reflecting the scholarly trends that have emerged inthe past quarter century, the conference will extend the chronological scopeof inquiry to embrace the eighteenth and early nineteenth century and will explicitly address the innovative work being done in the field of visualculture. We particularly welcome proposals that address Native American andAfrican-American material and visual culture as wellas proposals that engage broad theoretical, methodological, andhistoriographical approaches.The conference committee will consider individual submissions as well aspanels with three papers and a moderator/commentator. Two-page proposalsaccompanied by a two-page c.v. for each presenter should be sent via electronic mail to Georgia B. Barnhill, curator of graphic arts at theAmerican Antiquarian Society (

For further information, please contact Martha McNamara ( or Georgia Barnhill.

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2006.

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