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.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Workshop/Conference: Touch and the Value of Object Handling

(Via Material World)

A series of workshops funded by the AHRC and organised by UCL Museums & Collections.

UCL Museums & Collections warmly invite you to a series of workshops exploring touch and object handling in the context of museums. This series is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Workshop 6: End of project conference: Touch and the value of object handling.
Friday 4 May 2007, University College London, Anatomy JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building.


10am-10.30am Registration and Tea/Coffee. UCL, Anatomy Gavin de Beer Lecture theatre, Anatomy Building

10.30-10.45am Introduction and Welcome: Dr Helen Chatterjee, Deputy Director, UCL Museums & Collections and AHRC Touch Workshop leader. UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building

10.45-11.20 Prof. Alan Wing, Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

"Moving into touch research: a personal account"

11.20-12.00 Bernadette Lynch, Head of Public Programmes and Academic Development at The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

'The amenable object': working with diaspora communities through a psychoanalysis of touch

12.00-1.15 pm Lunch

1:15-2:00 concurrent discussion sessions facilitated by:
Dr. Fiona Candlin, The School of Continuing Education Birkbeck, University of London

»Dr.David Prytherch, Research Fellow in Haptics & Computer Interfaces for Craft, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, University of Central England

»Jane Samuels, Access Manager, Department of Learning & Information, The British Museum

»Dr Helen Chatterjee, Deputy Director, UCL Museums & Collections and AHRC Touch Workshop leader; and Devorah Romanek, UCL Anthropology PhD, and AHRC Touch Workshop project assistant

2:15-3:00 concurrent discussion sessions facilitated by the same as above

3:00pm-3.20pm Tea/Coffee. UCL, Anatomy Gavin de Beer Lecture theatre, Anatomy building

3.20pm-4pm Plenary address and conclusion, Bernadette Lynch. UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building

Please bring any thoughts, questions and ideas you have to contribute to the discussion sessions.

To book a place and/or for further information contact Devorah Romanek on email:
This workshop is FREE; Tea/Coffee will be provided.

This programme is generously funded by the AHRC Research Workshops scheme.

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