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, February 21, 2007

CFP: Hunting and Gathering - Practices of Collecting

From Art-Line:

World Art Postgraduate Symposium
Call for Papers

Hunting and Gathering:Practices of Collecting

Sixth Annual World Art Postgraduate Symposium
School of World Art Studies and Museology

University of East Anglia
Saturday 26th May 2007

This sixth symposium in the School of World Art and Museology series will focus on collecting as a human behaviour and artistic practice. The action has the possibility of shaping both what is collected as well as defining the character of the collector. Topics could include: collecting cultures, collecting as an art, cabinets of curiosities, found objects or the psychology of collecting. This annual symposium is a multidisciplinary event, where postgraduate students working on relevant topics in the fields of art history, anthropology, archaeology, cultural heritage and museology can present their work in a friendly and non-confrontational atmosphere.

The symposium is open to all but will be of particular interest to postgraduates and advanced undergraduates. Please contact Beverley Youngman to register, via email;

An abstract of no more than 250 words for a twenty-minute paper should be submitted by Friday 30th of March 2007 to Kajsa Berg or Lisa Binder by email or Regular mail submissions should be sent to School of World Art and Museology, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ.

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