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.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

CFP: The Politics of Cultural Programming

From H-Museum:

Call For Papers

The Politics of Cultural Programming
George Mason University, Arlington
September 28 & 29 2007

The first annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference at George Mason University will interrogate the politics of cultural programming in public spaces: http://mason.gmu.edu/~rgehl/pocp/index.html

Institutions within the conference purview include: museums, festivals, the performing arts, sporting events, multicultural and/or ethnically specific celebrations, gigs and club nights, and tourist spectacles. Of special interest is the menu of activities available in specific localities at any given moment:

Of what is this menu comprised? To whom is it offered? And at what cost? Questions to be considered may include but are not limited to:

How is the knowledge of cultural programming produced in and through institutions?
How does cultural programming produce knowledge?
How do cultural institutions interpellate performative identities of race, class, gender and sexuality?
How do we understand labor in the context of cultural events?
What are the ideological stakes of cultural programming and what is its political economy?
What kind of subject and desire does cultural programming produce?
Graduate students from relevant disiciplines are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words addressing these and related topics to Vicki Watts (vwatts@gmu.edu ) by March 15th 2007. Please include your institutional affiliation and any technical requirements.

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