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, February 23, 2007

Museological Review: Call for Papers

Museological Review Issue 13
The Museum: Ideology, Power and the State
Autumn 2007

The Museological Review, edited by the PhD students of the Department of Museum Studies based at the University of Leicester, is to be relaunched as a biannual online journal from Autumn 2007. It is a forum for students and practitioners to share and debate innovative perspectives on museums and related issues and publishes original research in the field of museum studies and allied subject areas, from a range of multi-disciplinary, theoretical and critical perspectives. For this, and future issues, we are seeking contributors from the international research community, to share experimental and creative ideas to encourage debate and enhance museum practice. We actively encourage new thinking with the aim that the Museological Review will – in conjunction with The Attic weblog ( - offer opportunities to share experimental research and creative ideas within a supportive and constructive environment.

This issue - The Museum: Ideology, Power and the State - will broadly discuss the influence of government initiatives and political frameworks, social policy and propaganda on museums. Papers may cover subjects as diverse as social inclusion, cultural policy, the history of national museums, construction of identities, the politics of display, ‘dark’ tourism and propaganda.

We invite abstracts for papers (of no more than 250 words in length) in English, that explore these issues. The proposed use of illustrations, photographs, music, video-clips or other media, in digital format, will be more than welcome and accommodated where possible. The Museological Review is targeted towards PhD students in museum-related disciplines from all over the world, but we would also welcome contributions from other researchers in the field and museum professionals.

Please send an abstract - and a 100-word biography describing your current area of research or position of employment - by email, or by post to the address given below, to the Editors ( by 30th April 2007. Please remember to include your email address and/or contact details and details of your institutional affiliation, if applicable. Successful contributors will be notified by email before the end of May 2007. All abstracts submitted will be subject to a rigorous selection process to maintain academic quality. We regret that we will be unable to accept all abstracts submitted.

The Editors, Museological Review
Department of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
105, Princess Road East


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