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.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

A Reminder: Materiality and Intangibility (Leicester, 14th-15th Dec 2009)

Roll up, roll up! Buy your tickets for the symposium here. ;)

Quick reminder: Leicester Museum Studies PhDs GET IN FREE. Everyone else pays the BARGAIN fee of ONLY £20 for TWO days, including LUNCHES and REFRESHMENTS.

Join us. Come on, you know you want to.


Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones (2nd call for participation)

A two-day international symposium and live art event for PhD students and early career researchers.

Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th December 2009.
University of Leicester, UK.

Join us at the internationally–renowned School of Museum Studies this December for an exciting event organised and run by PhD students, Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones.

Museums and galleries are all about the material world; the preservation and display, presentation and interpretation of things to their audiences, which can include everything from everyday objects to works of art and human remains. Yet, often it is the 'intangible' elements of things – those elements that may be hidden or left unsaid - from which we draw our meanings and understandings about things. A division is often made between the obvious (the 'material') and the less obvious (the 'intangible'), a division which we believe is controversial and which often prevents the full value of material culture from being understood.

Through a series of thought-provoking presentations, specially selected for their unique and creative approach to the theme, Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones will challenge this fixed division between the surface and the hidden. Throughout the event, invited artists will be producing artworks in response to the theme of the Symposium and participants will be encouraged to interact and engage with presenters and artists. The event will provide an informal and supportive environment for creative thinking and opportunities for debate and the shaping of new ideas as well as dialogue between academia and the art environment.

Confirmed key note speakers: Emeritus Professor Susan Pearce, Dr Sandra Dudley and Dr Kostas Arvanitis.

The symposium and live art event costs just £20 for both days, including lunch and refreshments.



Please refer any queries to Amy Jane Barnes.

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