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.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Conference Alert: Making History Public

From H-Material Culture:

Join the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC) and Brown University's Public Humanities Program for an innovative look at how technology allows increased dialogue between historians and a broad public audience. This conference will be of interest to anyone concerned with bringing history to a general audience, including museum professionals, archivists, librarians, historic preservationists, filmmakers, as well as academic historians.

The conference will explore:

* The role of technology in breaking down the barriers between historians and the public
* Ways that historians have used technology to communicate with diverse audiences
* How the practice of ³academic history² changes when made public
* New forms of collaboration between historians, archivists, librarians, historic preservationists, teachers and students
* New forms of display and historical representation

If you are an historian (academic, public, secondary education, graduate student), or engage history through a related discipline (librarian, archivist, publisher, editor, etc.), this conference will provide a chance to meet other professionals to discuss technology¹s use in history. We hope you can join us in Providence!

April 19-21, 2007
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Special Events:
* Brewster Kahle, Director and Co-founder, The Internet Archive, presents the keynote address: ³Universal Access to Human Knowledge (Or Public Access to Digital Materials)² -
* Mark Tribe, professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown, and founder of Rhizome.org, on The Port Huron Project
* Workshops on digital libraries, video in historic preservation, 3-D laser scanning. text encoding, Zotero, and GIS!
* Papers on on-line history, using geographic information systems in historical and historic preservation work, preserving digital collections, archives, and more!

For more information: http://theaahc.org/cfp.htm

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