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.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

A selection of conference alerts and calls for papers

Have received quite a few conference alerts and calls for papers in the last twenty-four hours of so. A brief description and links to further information, where available, follow.

From H-ArtHist:

Sacred Possessions? Italy and Collecting Religious Art, 1500-1900
A conference organized by the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institutefor Art History and the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with theAmerican Academy in Rome.

The conference will be held at the American Academy in Rome, June 19-21, 2007.

This conference explores the collecting of religious art in and of Italy as a special case within the broader study of collecting. The guiding questions for this endeavor include: How does the religious, devotional, spiritual content of art affect the ways in which it is collected? Do religious significance and/or function in the production of a work of art make a difference in its subsequent collection? What changes - social, confessional, intellectual, political - have had an impact on the collecting of religious art?

Papers should focus on 1) collecting religious art in Italy, or 2) the collecting of Italian religious art elsewhere. We hope that proposals will address a spectrum of periods and themes, such as (but not limited to) the following:* When a work leaves its sacred context, what are the new conditions of its reception and interpretation? How can the commingling of aesthetic and religious meaning be balanced when a work is collected?* To what extent is religious art differentiated as a category by collectors, for example by its placement or mode of display within a collection?* What comprises the category of "religious art" in the context of collecting in Italy? Does cross-cultural, cross-temporal collecting mitigate the religious content of works of art, such as when cardinals acquired antique statues of pagan gods or when representations of Aztec gods in feathers and gold appeared in the collections of popes and princes?* The confessional, social and political upheavals in early modernEurope were transnational phenomena and led to the dispersal and recontextualization of religious art. How was the religious meaning of individual works transformed over the course of these broader historical movements?* With the advent of tourism to Italy, art-lovers joined religious pilgrims in visiting Italian churches. Did this phenomenon transform a church into the imaginary of a collection? Conversely, did a sense of sacrality somehow transfer to public museums as the new temples for devotion to art?

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2006. Proposals should be submitted for consideration in the form of an abstract no longer than 250 words, and may be in Italian, German or English. Abstracts, as well as a curriculum vitae, must be sent by email to both the Bibliotheca Hertziana -Max Planck Institute for Art History and the Getty Research Institute: Dott.ssa Elisabetta Pastore, secretary, Bibliotheca Hertziana, pastore@biblhertz.it
Katja Zelljadt, Research Associate, Getty Research Institute kzelljadt@getty.edu

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From H-Museum:

New Directions in Women's Material Culture and Public History
Canadian Museum of Civilization
October 31, 2006, 10:00am to 4:00pm

This one-day workshop, presented by the Archaeology and History Division at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, will address questions related to the study of women and public history in Canada. A series of short discussion papers by participants from a wide range of disciplines (including art history, commemoration of historic sites, museology, archives, archaeology and academia) will be followed by a round-table workshop.

10:00-11:30 Panel 1: Defining and portraying women's material culture and history. What is a women's object? How can we more effectively represent women's history in a public history context?
Sharon Reilly, Manitoba Museum
Dianne Dodd, Parks Canada
Myron Momryk, Library and Archives of Canada, retired
Krista Cooke, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Facilitator: Jennifer Lonergan, Parks Canada

11:30-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:15 Panel 2: Exploring Women's Lives through Material Culture andPublic History
Laura Brandon, Canadian War Museum
Christina Bates, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Phaedra Livingstone, University of Toronto
Facilitator: Amber Lloydlangston, Canadian War Museum

2:30-4:00 Workshop session: Questions and Future Directions

The workshop's goal is the formation of a professional working group on women and public history. There will be a $20 fee for lunch and registration. Registration and pre-payment required by the 20th of October. Please contact Diane Lalande, Archaeology and History Division at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, P.O. 3100, station B, Gatineau, Québec, J8X 4H2,819-776-8360. All checks should be made out to the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Please contact Rhonda Hinther (Rhonda.hinther@civilization.ca / 819-776-7028) or Krista Cooke (Krista.cooke@civilization.ca /819-776-8366) at the Canadian Museum of Civilization for more information.

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From H-Museum:

Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Culture
Area of Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Assn. & Southwest/Texas American Culture Assn. 2007 Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque & Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 14-17, 2007

For more details, visit the Association's web site at http://www.swtexaspca.org/
The Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Culture area solicits paper proposals from librarians, graduate students, library school faculty,collectors, writers, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and information settings of all types! We also encourage proposals for slide shows, videopresentations, workshop formats, and panels organized around common themes. Among previous presentations were an overview of collection development for feminist spirituality, images of librarians in comics and movies, and discussions about petroglyphs and scrapbooks.Some suggested topics:- electronic information-seeking habits- intellectual freedom issues related to popular culture resources- book clubs and reading groups- reports of research studies of popular culture & libraries, archives, or museums- marketing popular culture materials to library, archives, or museum users- collection building and popular culture resources- organization and description of popular culture resources- new media formats and popular culture in libraries, archives, or museums- knowledge management issues- profiles of popular culture resources- and other topics welcome!!!

Send a 200-word abstract to the Area Co-Chairs by November 15, 2006.I nclude your complete mailing address, school or other affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number. Graduate students are encouraged to present, and to apply for the graduate paper prizes listed at http://www.h-net.org/~swpca/Awards/awards.htm

Janet Brennan Croft
Head of Access Services
Bizzell Library NW104
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019-6030
PHONE (405) 325-1918
FAX (405) 325-7618
e-mail: jbcroft@ou.edu

Rhonda Harris Taylor
School of Library and Information Studies
401 West Brooks, Room 120
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019-6032
PHONE (405) 325-3921
FAX (405) 325-7648
e-mail: rtaylor@ou.edu

Janet Brennan Croft
Head of Access Services
University of Oklahoma Libraries
Bizzell 104NW
Norman OK 73019405-325-1918
Fax 405-325-7618
jbcroft@ou.edu

https://securewebmail.le.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/C/Janet.B.Croft-1/http://libraries.ou.edu/
Editor of Mythlore http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html

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From H-Museum:

MIGRATIONS
A conference sponsored by the University of Reading and the Classical Reception Studies Network
University of Reading (England, UK)
Friday, April 27, 2007

As globalization and multiculturalism flourish in the modern world, there is an increasing need to understand the nature of cross-cultural encounters, exchanges, and interactions. What happens to peoples and traditions when they come into contact with each other? How useful is it to talk about a clash of civilizations? How can cultures or civilizations connect with each other in ways that are mutually beneficial?Was there a time when demarcations of East and West were less divisive, imposing, and rigid than they seem today? These questions have gained a certain urgency in an era when groups appear to meet and collide with increasing rapidity.It is the aim of this conference to examine cultural encounters from the perspective of the reception of antiquity. The papers in the conference will explore how the reception of the ancient past has informed modern discussions about globalization and cultural contact. While the conference will focus on the modern engagement with the past, it will be limited to no one discipline, however, and will promote work in history, literature, philosophy, visual culture, archaeology, reception studies, and other fields. Among the themes to be addressed are migration, globalization, exile, asylum, and cosmopolitanism.T he Classical Reception Studies Network, a co-sponsor of the conference, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council(UK). A small amount of funding is available from the CRSN to help graduate students with travel-related expenses for the conference. We will have a workshop format with papers of 20 minutes each. Please send abstracts of about 350 words to Phiroze Vasunia at the address below by December 15, 2006. There is no registration fee. The conference is open to all.

http://www.rdg.ac.uk/classics/

Department of Classics
The University of Reading
Whiteknights
Reading, RG6 6AA
U.K.

Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 8420
Fax: +44 (0) 118 378 6661
Email: p.vasunia@reading.ac.uk

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