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, March 04, 2009

CFP: Materiality and Intangibility: contested zones

Oyez, oyez, oyez by Mr_Jaded


Materiality and Intangibility: contested zones

An international two-day symposium for PhD students and early career researchers.

Provisionally scheduled for 24th and 25th September 2009 (subject to change)

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Venue: TBC, Leicester, UK.

The PhD symposium Materiality and Intangibility: contested zones will comprise workshops to stimulate debate and practice, presentations, social events and keynote lectures from leading academics in the field. The event will be hosted by the research student community based in the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, a leading, internationally renowned centre for museum studies and teaching since 1966. The Department was recently assessed as having the highest proportion of world-leading research in any subject in any UK university (RAE 2008).

We are looking for inter-disciplinary presentations from doctoral students of museology and allied subject areas, which engage with materiality and intangibility in inspiring and innovative ways. The symposium offers an opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and flair. Could your research translate to a film or digital presentation? How about leading a collaborative workshop? Perhaps organising an artistic intervention might be more your thing? Above all the event is envisioned as an informal arena for sharing and developing ideas in a supportive environment.

We are also seeking applications from practising artists, musicians, writers and designers working with, or inspired by, museums and collections who would like to contribute to a two-day live art event to run in parallel with the symposium. Please contact Serena Iervolino for more information. We may be able to offer a small contribution towards expenses, funding permitting.

How to apply:

If you would like to participate in the symposium as a presenter, please email an abstract (max. 500 words) to Jennifer Binnie by 5pm on Monday 30th March 2009, giving details of your institutional affiliation and the proposed subject and mode of your presentation. Joint presentations (collaborations between more than one presenter) will be welcomed.

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May.

Prospective delegates may wish to register their interest in attending the symposium by emailing Jennifer Binnie. The likely cost will be £10 per day (£20 for both days), including lunch and refreshments.

Please address any enquiries to Jennifer Binnie.



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