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, November 30, 2006

Final call for applicants: Preserving Historic Environments colloquium

'Preserving Historic Environments' is a new, cross disciplinary research cluster for the discussion of frameworks of value in relation to the preservation of historic environments. The cluster will meet at three one day colloquia to take place between January and July 2007 and on an online wiki, available from the cluster www from January 2007. Detailed notes documenting the discussion at each colloquium will also be available from the cluster www. We aim for the activities of this cluster to lead to further research connections, collaborations, opportunities and outputs, with the potential to influence academic debate and policy formulation.

The first colloquium associated with this cluster takes place on the 26th January 2007. The main focus of the colloquium is 'Heritage of the Recent Past' but it will also serve to kick off the cluster activities more generally and especially we want this first colloquium to set the tone of the series by being challenging to the ways in which different disciplines and the industry understands heritage and the instrumental implications of these constructions.

There are a limited number of places available, there is no cost to attend but we are not normally able to pay expenses. Applications to attend should include a 100 word statement of how the applicants' research or work will enable them to make a significant contribution to debate in the colloquia. The closing date for applications for Colloquium 1 is 01/12/06.

Colloquia details are as follows:

26th Jan- Heritage of the Recent Past
Keynotes: Professor Peter Howard, Visiting Professor of Cultural Landscape, Bournemouth University and Professor Patrick Wright, Nottingham Trent University

Other Speakers: Blackpool's World Heritage Status Bid- Professor John Walton, University of Central Lancashire and Jason Wood; and Professor Paul Carter, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne- non-material heritage and landscapes of the mind

Location: Leicester University

You can find further details about the research cluster at http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/contactus/valhistenvir.html

Yours sincerely,
Anna Woodham
Project Assistant - Preserving Historic Environments

PP: Lisanne Gibson BA (Hons), PhD
Department of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
103-105 Princess Road East
Leicester, LE1 7LG, UK
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5719
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3960
Email: lg80@le.ac.uk
http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/contactus/lisannegibson.html

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