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 28, 2007

Masterclass: Indigenous Peoples and the concept of the "Fourth Museum"

From H-Museum:

Museum Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at
the University of Queensland, Australia presents a

MASTERCLASS

Indigenous Peoples and the concept of the "Fourth Museum"
The Boardroom, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Friday 16 March 2007, 9am-12:30pm

Facilitated by

Dr Rick West, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington DC, USA
& Professor Amareswar Galla, Museum Studies, The University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Australia

This free Masterclass is open to senior level personnel in museums, art
museums, libraries and archives responsible for decision-making in
Indigenous Studies, Collections and Programs. Please send an expression of
interest to the Project Officer, Museum Studies (above).

The Masterclass will examine the way museums as civic spaces are engaging
with stakeholder communities in addressing indigenous concerns. In
particular, the relationship between community based heritage developments
and museums will be considered.

Dr West will present and discuss ways of forging a dialogue between museums
and communities through the conceptual framework of the 'fourth museum'
addressing:

* How the voices of indigenous people can be invoked in museums, not merely
through providing access to collections, but by building meaningful
intellectual and psychic dialogue; and
* The way museums could be realized as spaces that transcend the physical
museum and go beyond the concept of a 'cultural destination' to become a
'civic space'

Dr Galla will present and discuss comparative demonstration projects from
different countries and international efforts to forge partnerships through
both NGOs and INGOs.

The participants will make brief presentations (5 minutes) on the way they
engage with indigenous concerns in their institutions. Discussions will be
facilitated by Dr West and Dr Galla.

It is envisaged that the Masterclass would result in the following learning
outcomes

* Understanding of current practice and some of the challenges
* Knowledge sharing through case studies
* Drafting guiding principles for facilitating partnership development

Applications due: Monday 12 March 2007

Contact:
Dr Kim Selling
Project Officer, Museum Studies Program
School of English, Media Studies & Art History
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072 Australia
Email: k.selling@uq.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 3365 2590

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