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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A quick round up...

... of various CFPs, conference alerts and new journal issues recently received:

From H-Museum:

Call for Papers
Radical & Popular pasts
Ruskin College, Oxford
Saturday March 17th 2007

In recent years Ruskin College has been at the forefront of debate inBritain on the nature and uses of public history. Our past six conferences have explored many aspects including the relationship between official and unofficial histories, or the nature of the visual in history or people's relationship with their pasts; the topic of the 2005 international conference, a collection arising from which is being published by Palgrave.This year we wish to return explicitly to some of the past concerns of Ruskin college & earlier public historians by exploring the nature ofradical and popular pasts but in a contemporary context. Guest speakers include Ken Loach. Contributions which explore different ways of creating, or representing, radical pasts within a public history context are welcomed.The format is flexible and can include presentations, commentaries on film/art work, written papers, and displays. Please send a proposal of 200 words maximum together with name, and institution /organisation if any, byDecember 15th to the organisers: Professor Sally Morgan, Massey University,New Zealand, (s.j.morgan@massey.ac.nz ), John Siblon, City & Islington College, (johnsiblon@hotmail.com) , Dr Hilda Kean, Ruskin College (hkean@ruskin.ac.uk )

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This looks really good, but I've already signed up for another conference at the V&A. :(

DISPLAY & SPECTACLE
University of Nottingham
4-5 January 2007

The Editors of Art History, Deborah Cherry and Fintan Cullen, will host a two day conference in the University of Nottingam from 4-5 January 2007 that focuses on issues relating to the politics of display and public spectacle.The conference will also form the basis for a collection of essays for publication in an issue of the journal in September 2007 on the theme of 'Display and Spectacle'. In the ten years since Carol Duncan's much used text book, Civilising Rituals: inside public art museums (1995), public and scholarly interest in the way art and the visual are and have been displayed has increased enormously.The aim of the conference is to create an international forum of speakers some of whose work will subsequently appear in the pages of Art History.

Preliminary Programme
Thursday 4 January 2007

11.00 Registration and coffee
12.00 Plenary by Tapati Guha Thakurta (Centre for Studies and SocialSciences, Calcutta) on the theme of the travels, returns and repatriation ofIndia's art objects.

Lunch

Afternoon of four 30 minute papers, each followed by time for discussion.

Speakers will include:Peter Funnell (National Portrait Gallery, London), Sabrina Norlander(Stockholm University), John Bonehill (Birkbeck College, London), Angus Lockyer (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)

18.00-18.45 A drinks reception in the Arts Centre followed by an optional dinner at 19.30 in Florence Boot Hall

Friday 5 January 2007

09.30 Start with 2 papers plus time for discussion:
(First speaker to be announced) Robert Nelson (Yale University)

Coffee

2 papers plus time for discussion:
Charles Saumarez Smith (National Gallery, London) Helen Rees Leahy (University of Manchester)

Lunch

Second plenary of an hour: Andrew McClellan (Tufts University, Boston), possibly on the theme of the museum as mausoleum.

All to end about 4.00

Participants will also include the artists Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska (London)Total of 10 papers: 8 papers of approx 30 mins each and 2 plenaries of an hour each.

More information and a booking form can be obtained from the conference administrator, Liz Jennings, email: elizabeth.jennings@nottingham.ac.uk

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From Ethnomuseums:

Courtauld History of Dress Association (CHODA)
Black and white
29 and 30 June 2007
Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Call for Papers

From mourning dress to evening wear, black and white are colours which have provided some of the most iconic dress through time and across cultures. They can be dramatically combined, in the check of a Chanel suit and the humbug stripes of a football player’s shirt. Or they can be worn separately as in the white of a debutante’s gown and the long, dark folds of a burkha.

Papers are solicited that draw on a wide variety of symbolic, cultural and technical aspects of black and white dress, from a diversity of approaches and a spread of historical periods and geographical areas. Topics may include: the symbolism of black and white dress, the different social occasions on which black and white are worn, the technical production of black and white fabric, fashion in film, dress in photography and key figures or events associated with black and white dress. We welcome proposals from academics, research students, museum curators, practitioners and independent scholars. Preference will be given to proposals which include images.

CHODA regrets that it is unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the conference. Please send a one page abstract, and brief CV by Friday 15 December to:

Alexandra MacCulloch
Museum Resource Centre
Tring Road
Halton
HP22 5PN
UK

Fax +44 (0)1296 624 519 Email amacculloch@buckscc.gov.uk

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A new issue of Journal of the History of Collections has been made available: December 2006; Vol. 18, No. 2
http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol18/issue2/index.dtl?etoc

Articles

Libraries, memory and the space of knowledge
Eric Garberson J Hist Collections 2006 18:105-136. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/105?etoc

The chief and perhaps only antiquarian in Spain: Pompeo Leoni and his collection in Madrid Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio J Hist Collections 2006 18:137-167. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/137?etoc

A dragon tree in the Garden of Eden: A case study of the mobility of objects and their images in early modern Europe
Peter Mason J Hist Collections 2006 18:169-185. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/169?etoc

Migrating objects: The Bohemian National Museum and its scientific collaborations in the early nineteenth century
Claudia Schweizer J Hist Collections 2006 18:187-199. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/187?etoc

Art collecting of the Central-European aristocracy in the nineteenth century: The case of Count Palffy
Ingrid Ciulisova J Hist Collections 2006 18:201-209. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/201?etoc

The rise and fall of the Musee Marcello
Caterina Y. Pierre J Hist Collections 2006 18:211-223. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/211?etoc

In all cases of difference adopt Signor Riano's view: Collecting Spanish decorative arts at South Kensington in the late nineteenth century
Marjorie Trusted J Hist Collections 2006 18:225-236. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/225?etoc

Blackfoot culture and world culture: Contexts for the collection and display of the decorated shirt of Issapoomahsika (or Crowfoot) in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter
Stephanie Pratt J Hist Collections 2006 18:237-247. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/237?etoc

'The tedious & expensive journey': Augustus Wollaston Franks's travels through Finland in 1874 Visa Immonen J Hist Collections 2006 18:249-256. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/249?etoc

Chance and certitude: Pitt Rivers and his first collection
Alison Petch J Hist Collections 2006 18:257-266. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/257?etoc

Personal collecting meets institutional vision: The origins of Harvard's Fogg Art Museum Kimberly A. Orcutt J Hist Collections 2006 18:267-284. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/18/2/267?etoc

Book Reviews

Weights and Measures of Scotland: A European Perspective
DJ Bryden J Hist Collections 2006 18:285-286. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/285?etoc

Artists at Court: Image-Making and Identity 1300-1550
Kate Heard J Hist Collections 2006 18:286-287. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/286?etoc

The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Series B: Natural History. Fungi
Stephen A. Harris J Hist Collections 2006 18:287-288. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/287?etoc

Das Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum und seine Sammlungen 1578, 1754, 2004 * 250 Jahre Museum. Von den furstlichen Sammlungen zum Museum der Aufklarung
Christian Rumelin J Hist Collections 2006 18:288-290. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/288?etoc

English Delftware Drug Jars. The Collection of the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Margaret C. Macfarlane J Hist Collections 2006 18:290-291. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/290?etoc

The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors
Luisa Cale J Hist Collections 2006 18:291-292. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/291?etoc

Les Salons de Lille de l'Ancien Regime a la Restauration 1773-1820
Colin Harrison J Hist Collections 2006 18:292-294. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/292?etoc

Victorian and Edwardian Responses to the Italian Renaissance
Jenny Graham J Hist Collections 2006 18:294-295. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/294?etoc

History's Beauties: Women and the National Portrait Gallery, 1856-1900
Kate Retford J Hist Collections 2006 18:295-296. http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/18/2/295?etoc

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