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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Conference Alert: Slavery and Public History

From the H-Museum Network:

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition is pleased to announce it's 8th Annual Fall Conference: Slavery and Public History: An International Symposium
Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4, 2006
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Many historic sites, museums, media, and other public history venues are reluctant to broach the subject of slavery in their programming andexhibits. Nonetheless, using innovative methods that are both thorough andrespectful, curators and educators at historic sites and museums often haveresources to teach this controversial topic in ways that those in thetraditional classrooms do not. Reading the African presence back into the landscape of historic houses and other sites and can give new meaning to oldartifacts, documents and environments, enabling public historians to engage old and new audiences in meaningful ways. At our 8th Annual International Conference we plan to examine how historic sites, museums, and other public history venues have dealt with the topic ofslavery and how public historians have used resources to teach this often difficult topic. Furthermore, we want to uncover what issues public historians across the world have faced when addressing slavery and how their work has been received by others. We also hope to address broader questions about if and why dealing with slavery through public history is important and why slavery is often such a difficult topic for public historians to represent.

For full schedule and to register online, visit the conference website:

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