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, January 04, 2007

Calls for papers...

These two are both from H-ArtHist and although, strictly speaking, neither are directly about museological issues, it sounds like there would be some scope for museum-based papers.

Panel n°33 "Visualizing Africa, from there to here, between now and then".
This panel will take place during the 2nd European Conference of African Studies, organized by the Aegis, in Leyden (Nederlands), July 11th-14th 2007.

The panel will focus on the visual representation of Africa, African visual arts & artists, and art markets, both in Africa and in the Western world.

Deadline for submission: January the 21st, 2007.

Panel precise description:
Information on the AEGIS conference in Leyden:
All abstracts must be submitted through:

University of York, 5-8 July 2007

Proposals for twenty-minute presentations or panels of three to four presenters are invited for a conference entitled \"Real Things: Matter,Materiality, Representation, 1880 to the present,\" to be held at theUniversity of York, England and co-sponsored by the University of Sussex.

Keynote speakers:
Bill Brown
Mary Ann Doane
Hal Foster
Patrick Keiller
Hermione Lee
Edmund White

This conference proposes a re-engagement with representational realism and its objects and effects across a wide range of aesthetic, critical and theoretical practices, from 1880 to the present day. We seek to engage cutting-edge work that raises new questions about the status of the object of representation; representations as archives of material history; the shifts in representational practices associated with modernism and postmodernism; the changing status of real bodies and lives (as opposed to their representations) as objects of analysis in the humanities; and the politics of these transitions.

Topics of interest include but are notlimited to the following:-
-Realism as modernism/modernism as realism
--Rethinking photographic indexicality; cinema and/as archive
--Paintings, documents, realism: literary and visual representation
--The turn to science
--Postmodernism, realism and the real
--Representation and the psychoanalytic Real
--Evidence, document and representation
--New philosophies of nature
--Documentary film practices
--Biopolitics, biopower, bodies
--Forensics, indices and popular culture
--Performance, theatricality and materiality
--Success and/or failure of representation
--Presentation vs. representation
--New technologies, representation and embodiment
--Anti-sublimation and resistance to metaphor

Please send 250-word paper abstracts and 1000-word panel abstracts to by 1 Febraury 2007. For more information, please contact

Victoria Coulson, University of York
Jane Elliott, University of York
John David Rhodes, University of Sussex

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