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, January 10, 2007

Calls for papers received 9th Jan 07

From H-Museum

Call for Papers
Spring Cleaning: Rediscovering and Revitalizing the Artifact
University of Calgary Free Exchange Graduate Conference
16-18 March 2007

For more information, please visit Free Exchange at www.english.ucalgary.ca

"History is of the essence, true, but she can also be a bully."
Noah Richler
This is my Country, What's Yours?

"The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home..Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing."
Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows

The study of the artifact should not remain inextricably linked to history.We are asking potential participants to search in familiar as well as newlocations for objects previously lost or forgotten. Search in Jacques Derrida's archive or Robert Kroetsch's Canada. Items may be found between the layers of Michel Foucault's archaeology or Peggy Phelan's cultural memory. We can't remember where or how we left them; they could be anywhere, doing anything. We only ask that you re-envision these relics and breathe new life into them.

Suggested topics for panels or papers include, but are not limited to, the following:
- artifact as metaphor/metonym
- the rhetoric of artifact
- embodying the artifact
- the absence of the artifact
- object(ing) to the artifact
- the digital artifact
- the manuscript or text as artifact
- the history or theory of artifact/the artifact as history or theory
- the (en)graven artifact
- variations on "artifact" (art(i)fact; art/fact; the art of fact)

Deadline for general submissions: 2 February 2007

Please submit 500 word proposals (for papers approx. 15 minutes in length) to conference organizers Robyn Read (rjread@ucalgary.ca ) or Owen Percy (odfpercy@ucalgary.ca ). Attachments should be in Rich Text or Word format only, and please include your name, professional affiliation, and contact information in the body of your email:

Owen Percy
PhD Student
Department of English
University of Calgary
odfpercy@ucalgary.ca

Robyn Read
PhD Student
Department of English
University of Calgary
rjread@ucalgary.ca

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Call For Papers
Inaugural Science Communication Postgraduate Conference
Science & the Public Conference: interdisciplinary approaches

Imperial College
London
19th May 2007

Science studies research tends to focus on "the lab", being chiefly concerned with the internal workings of the scientific community. This conference aims to bring together the strands of academia that consider science as it intersects with non-scientific cultures.The conference title's dichotomy between "science" and "the public"consciously references the approach often taken by the scientific community.We are aware of the variety of problems of referring to the "the public";research problematising the term may form part of the conference programme.Other topics covered may include:

* Science and the arts (including science fiction)
* Innovation studies and science policy research
* Popular science
* NGOs, science and development
* The continuing application of the "deficit model"
* Public programmes aiming at "Engagement with Science"
* Boundary work
* Specific media: films, the internet, museums, radio and others
* Science and education: young vs. old, formal vs. informal

There is no especially contemporary focus and historical work on any of these areas would be most welcome. Neither do we limit submission to those within the science studies community, or only from the UK. We hope to attract delegates from a wide variety of disciplines; bringing together researchers from science and technology studies, science communication,history, cultural studies, psychology, anthropology, literary criticism,education, museum studies, sociology, media studies, policy studies, geography and others.We would particularly like to encourage those who take a critical approachto the topics described above to submit abstracts. Moreover we should stressthis is an academic - rather than practitioner-focussed - conference.

Abstracts (no longer than 300 words) for a 20-minute presentation should be emailed to scienceandpublic@googlemail.com by 1st March 2007. Enquires also to this address.The conference fee is £10 and there may be travel grants available to those giving papers (details will follow).

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