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 24, 2010

Conference: Diaspora Homes

Multiple Belongings: Diaspora and Transnational Homes
The Conference will take place on Friday 21 May at the British Library Conference Centre in London.

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network’s Second Annual Conference, Multiple Belongings: Diaspora and Transnational Homes is an exciting opportunity to explore the meanings associated with the material culture of transnational homes from the late eighteenth-century to the present, with a particular emphasis on contemporary homes. Papers will focus on material aspects of setting up home in another country, such as room layouts, furnishings and other possessions and how these are adapted, integrated or negotiated between host nation and place of origin. Wider meanings of home will be explored through concepts of belonging and questions around what and where home is, where and when people “feel at home”.

The conference programme reflects both the interdisciplinary nature of the SSN and the international scope of the theme with a wide range of backgrounds and methodologies represented including religious studies, geography, cultural and architectural history, material culture, ethnology and museology.

Delegate fees are £70/£45 (full-time students), including a light lunch and refreshments.

Programme details and a booking form can be downloaded via
For further information please contact SSN Co-ordinator Krisztina Lackoi on
Krisztina Lackoi
SSN Co-ordinator
Geffrye Museum

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