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, January 18, 2008

CFP/Conference Alert: The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

From H-Museum:

The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands
8-11 June 2008

At this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change? The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum ( and The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum ( ) are places where museum practitioners, researchers, thinkers and teachers can engage in discussion on the historic character and future shape of the museum. The key question of the Conference and the Journal: How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive?

The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum is to be held at the National Museum of Ethnology ( ), Leiden, the Netherlands, 8 -11 June 2008. The overall theme of the Conference is Creativity, Cultural Diversity, Intangible Heritage and Sustainable Development. See the 'Themes' link at . Main speakers include some of the leading thinkers in museum studies and leading practitioners, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations. See the 'Main Speakers' link at .

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session or a virtual session. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers to the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, a fully refereed academic Journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All registered Conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the Journal when registration is finalised. This subscription is valid until one year after the Conference end date.

To submit a proposal, please see 'Submit Proposal' at To register for the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, please
see the 'Register' link at

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