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.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Forthcoming research seminar: Monday, 15th January 2007

Reminder - The Museum Studies Research Seminar Series 2006/7
Monday 15th January 2007 at 1pm in the Dept of Museum Studies

Dr Joan Anim-Addo will make the first presentation of the Museum Studies Research Seminar Series 2007, on 15th January 2007 at 1.00pm. Museum Studies is an interdisciplinary field and all are welcome to this ‘Brown Bag’ (bring a sandwich) lunchtime event. Refreshments are served.

Please note this meeting and all meetings of the 2007 programme will be held in the Lecture Room, Dept of Museum Studies, 105 Princess Rd East.

For further details, or to join the email list, contact Viv Golding .

15 January 2007
Dr Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Venue: Lecture Room, Dept of Museum Studies, 105 Princess Rd East

The Black Body: Representation and the Museum??

We are delighted to welcome Dr Joan Anim-Addo to start the 2007 programme at Leicester. Dr Anim-Addo’s presentation will begin with a reading of Marlene Nourbese Philip’s short paper ‘Museum could have avoided culture clash’, copies of which will be provided for all participants. Then Dr Anim-Addo will provide information about the ‘Black Body in Europe’ project. This project involves an interdisciplinary and international group of academics interested in raising awareness of cultural diversity within the museum and increasing intercultural understanding in the wider world. Next Dr Anim-Addo will move her discussion to the ‘Visible Inside the Museum’ project hosted at the Horniman Museum in London during the 1990s and out of which the 21st century Black Body network grew. This will offer a unique insider view of the extra-museum interpretations, which Dr Viv Golding outlined at the Seminar Series last term. Finally Dr Anim-Addo will direct the use of a museum handling collection to inspire creative writing and there will be some ‘mini-writing time’ for participants to make their own interpretations before Joan presents excerpts from a range of CWWA (The Caribbean Women Writers Alliance) publications.

Dr Anim-Addo is Director of the Caribbean Centre and a lecturer in the Dept of English at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a co-founder, with Diana Birch, of the Mango Publishing house, which disseminates literature with a focus on the Black experience (www.mangoprint.com). Her doctoral work was in the field of Caribbean Women’s writing. Dr Anim-Addo has published widely in this area and speaks regularly at conference around the world. Her recent publications include: Touching the Body: African Caribbean Women’s Writing, which draws on her doctoral thesis and Haunted by History a collection of poetry. A full list is available at the Goldsmiths and Mango print websites.

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