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.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Journal: New issue of 'Museums and Social Issues' available free online

From H-Museum:

I'm writing to let you know about the newest issue of "Museums and Social Issues" (MSI) journal. The focus of the issue is "A Culture of Sustainability", which seems increasingly timely given the current and expanding concern for such issues as climate change, local/global violence, economic inequity and so on. How are museums responding to these forces?...how could they be responding?... why should museums care? Each of these questions are discussed in the "A Culture of Sustainability" issue of the MSI journal. Until the end of January, Left Coast Press , the publisher of MSI, is making the journal available for FREE, as pdf downloads. This is an introductory offer to celebrate the launch of the new electronic download feature on their website. So, if you want to check out what some of your colleagues from Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia have to say about the challenges and opportunities of engaging the 'sustainability agenda' by museums , then go to http://lcoastpress.metapress.com/content/120188 and select "Number 2 /Fall 2006". If you check out the journal, you'll get a good feeling for the distinct character of MSI and hopefully think of it as a place for engaging in discussion about the cultural issues of our times and their potential meaningfulness for the museum profession.

Best wishes for 2007!

Douglas Worts
Culture and Sustainability Specialist (Interpretive Planner, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
douglas_worts@rogers.com
personal website: www.geocities.com/dcworts

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