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, May 09, 2009

Next Department of Museum Studies Brown Bag Seminar - 13 May

Please note that for our next Brown Bag seminar we will be welcoming Professor Anthony Jackson, Professor of Educational Theatre at the University of Manchester. (Wednesday 13th May, 1pm, in the lecture room).

Title: "Engaging audiences: participation and 'unsettlement' in museum performance"

Description: In the context of our recent AHRC research project (Performance, Learning & Heritage), I will talk about some of the problems and possibilities of offering performance in the museum as a means of engaging and challenging the visitor; and I'll show/discuss a short extract from "This Accursed Thing", a performance commissioned by the research team in 2007, dealing with the abolition of the slave trade.

Please do put this in your diaries and come along as it should be fantastic! As always, we want to ensure a really good turn out. Tony is really looking forward to meeting us and having the opportunity to share his research.

A link to Tony's biography: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/A.r.jackson/

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