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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

CFP: Cultural Trends

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Cultural Trends - New Book Reviews Section

Cultural Trends , the journal published by Routledge, is launching two new sections devoted to reviewing books and 'grey literature'.

The journal is now looking for submissions of reviews of books in any language on cultural trends and cultural policy in any geographical area and on any timescale that includes contemporary developments. The specific fields of interest are, for example:


-- material culture (archives, libraries, museums, galleries, archaeological sites, crafts, etc.)
-- media, film, video, publishing, and other cultural and creative industries
-- performing arts
-- amateur arts and crafts
-- festivals
-- entertainment
-- sports and Olympics
-- the historic environment (designed environment, gardens, history parks, etc.)
-- employment in the arts and the cultural sector
-- education and training in the arts and the cultural sector
-- any issues which impact on the arts and cultural sector as a whole (funding, sponsorship, the Internet, public participation and access to the arts).

Reviews can be in the form of 1,500 to 2,500-word reviews of single monographs published within the last eighteen months, or longer review articles (up to 10,000 words) that consider a number of books on a similar topic.

The Reviews Editor will contact publishers on behalf of reviewers in order to obtain review copies of relevant publications.

For further information, and to volunteer to review books in the above areas, please contact:

Paola Merli, Cultural Trends Book Reviews Editor, Department of Media and Cultural Production, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, The Gateway, LE1 9BH, Leicester, UK

Email: PMerli@dmu.ac.uk (mailto:PMerli@dmu.ac.uk )
Web: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/faculties/humanities/mcp/staff/paola_merli.jsp

About Cultural Trends (http://www.informaworld.com/ccut )

Cultural Trends has been providing in-depth analysis of cultural sector statistics since 1989. It focuses on key trends within the fields of material culture, media, performing arts and the historic environment, and it includes coverage of issues which impact on the sector as a whole, such as the internet, poverty and access to the arts, and funding.

Cultural Trends is based on the assumption that cultural policy should be based on empirical evidence and it champions the need for better statistical information on the cultural sector. It aims to:

-- stimulate analysis and understanding of the arts and wider cultural sector based on relevant and reliable statistical data;
-- provide a critique of the empirical evidence upon which arts and wider cultural policy may be formed, implemented, evaluated and developed;
-- examine the soundness of measures of the performance of government and public sector bodies in the arts and wider cultural sector; and
-- encourage improvements in the coverage, timeliness and accessibility of statistical information on the arts and wider cultural sector.


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