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.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

CFP: Museums and biographies

From H-Museum:


"Museums and biographies"
National Gallery London
10-12 September 2009

To be held at the National Gallery Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th September 2009, co-organised with the Museums and Galleries History Group and the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University.

The conference will bring together those who study the interconnections between museums and galleries, collecting and biography. Drawing together analyses of representation, material culture and personality, we invite papers that can cast new light on the study of lives, objects and display. Abstracts are invited from historians, museologists, artists and others.

Keynote speakers: Arthur MacGregor, Nicholas Penny.

Papers are invited that consider historical and/or current aspects of the following areas:
. The lives of curators, dealers and collectors
. (Auto)biographical display
. Institutional histories
. Object biographies
. Personality museums

Papers will provide innovative methodological or reflexive insights and be based on original research. There will be opportunities for museum practitioners to detail new acquisitions or recent developments in the sector, and other forms of presentation may be considered as well as conventional papers.

Please email a one-page abstract (maximum 300 words), including brief autobiographical details, to Catherine Todd - (or to Catherine Todd, Publications & Conference Assistant, ICCHS, Bruce Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU) - by 31 January 2009.

Registration and payment (including speakers) will be invited by 30 June 2009, rates TBA.

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