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.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Conference Alert: Voiceless Odysseys

Voiceless Odysseys: excavating the unspeakable in enslavement

Thursday 27 September 14.00 – 19.00

2007 offers an opportunity to re-examine how the history of enslavement is both represented and remembered. What is voiced and what is left unspoken in our collective consciousness of enslavement? How do our cultural translations of the past constitute historical legitimacy in the present? This symposium draws together artists and academics to recover hidden histories.


Problematic Histories: the slave trade, slavery and emancipation
Catherine Hall, Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History,
University College London

The Mask. Remembering Slavery, Understanding Trauma
Grada Kilomba, Writer from the West African Islands São Tomé e Príncìpe and
lecturer at the Free University, Berlin

Blighty, Guinea, Dixie
Mary Evans, London-based Nigerian artist working primarily in installation and
intervention and Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins

Hawkins and Co.
Kimathi Donkor, London-based artist concerned with the cultural
representation of oppression and resistance

Chaired by Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations and
Dr David Dibosa, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, University of the Arts,

With poetry readings by John Agard

Tickets: £15/£10 Bookings: 020 8312 8560 or
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
Cutty Sark Zone 2 Greenwich Zone 2 Greenwich Pier

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