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, November 28, 2007

CFP: Transforming Museums

Fro, H-Museum:

Call for Papers

The Museology Student Committee for Professional Development at the University of Washington is pleased to open the Call for Submissions for "Transforming Museums: Bridging Theory and Practice."

Transforming Museums: Bridging Theory and Practice
An Interdisciplinary Academic Conference at the University of Washington
May 15-16, 2008

Call for Submissions!
Museums are institutions steeped in tradition but surrounded by constant change. "Transforming Museums" seeks to find ways that professionals can meet these changes deliberately and thoughtfully instead of being swept along their currents. Building on the overwhelming success of last year's "Rethinking Museums" conference, we now turn to the task of "Transforming Museums." Come join us in the green and beautiful city of Seattle as we reach, share, and dreamstorm toward the future of these most beloved institutions. With its unique host of changing museums, both new and old, we can't think of a better place!

Transforming Museums
We invite museum professionals, students, and university faculty to submit paper abstracts or workshop proposals that explore these questions:

How do we transform museums?
Who is leading these transformations?
What recent and current work shares this aim?
How do we define transformation?
Why are these transformations taking place?
Are there discernible patterns in this change?

Bridging Theory and Practice
Throughout the field, museums are transformed as professionals cross bridges between their institutions and education, technology, media, communities, academic disciplines--the possibilities are endless. What are the connections that inform your work and how will they shape the future of museums?

All submissions that invite us to think critically about the work of museums are welcome.

Submit a paper abstract or workshop proposal. Submissions deadline is January 4, 2008. Abstracts should be 150-250 words.

Because museology is inherently crossdisciplinary, research from related disciplines within the social sciences or humanities is welcome.

Please visit our website for submission details and deadlines:

If you have questions, please contact the Submissions Committee at

Transforming Museums is Sponsored by the UW Museology Graduate Program.


Shana West
Conference Coordinator,
Transforming Museums

Museology Graduate Student
University of Washington

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