Call for Participation: London Debates

LONDON DEBATES at the School of Advanced Study, University of London
14 - 16 May 2009

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London invites applications for the first of a series of international debates for outstanding young researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

London Debates are three-day discussion workshops at which a subject of broad concern in the humanities and social sciences is debated by a small group of 5 invited senior academics and a selection of early-career researchers. Plenary seminars will be combined with small-group discussions. On the last afternoon a report will be drafted and later published online by the School of Advanced Study.

The competition is open to scholars based in the EU/EEA countries, who are in their final-year of doctoral study or up to 10 years beyond the award of their doctorate. Selected applicants will be awarded bursaries to cover travel and accommodation.

You are invited to send the following in English by email attachment

* Your curriculum vitae (2000 words maximum);
* the name, address and email address of one referee;
* a response of 2000-3000 words on the subject below

to Rosemary Lambeth ( ), by the closing date of Monday 16 February 2009, with a hard copy sent to reach School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1 7HU, by Friday 20 February 2009.

For further information contact Professor Naomi Segal on .

The 2009 topic is: What role do museums play in the globalisation of culture?

Your response may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Museums as treasure-houses: from bringing the world to our attention to preserving antiquities;

(b) How are indigenous people represented in metropolitan museums?

(c) Does modern travel render the museum redundant?

(d) The museum out of doors: what is the role of public memory-sites?

(e) Global museums: do they belong to everyone?

(f) Taxonomy of the museum: how and to whom is material presented?

(g) How can museums preserve difficult memories - famine, holocaust, slavery, etc.

(h) The museum of the future: material or digital?

Rosemary Lambeth
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

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