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.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reading Artifacts: Summer Institute in Material Culture Research

Summer Institute in Material Culture Research

Presented by:
Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation
Collection and Research Branch and Conservation Services

Our 2009 Summer Institute broke new ground on how to approach history
through intense study of artifacts by bringing together international
experts and participants from diverse backgrounds. This years SI will
use the same formula to expose you to a unique experience and change
the way you appreciate objects and material culture.

• Graduate Students
• Post-docs
• Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts
• History professionals looking to expand their research methods

Participants will:
• investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections
as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of
• work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting
to explore material culture methodologies and approaches
• use artifacts as the center of discussion and hands-on activities
• immerse themselves in a material culture perspective of the
technological past
• learn the basics of conservation, cataloging and developing
collections in local environments – a growing and essential resource
for history studies.

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates: August 16-20, 2010
Tuition: Students $250. Post-Docs $350; Faculty and Professionals $450
(includes breaks, lunches, and a field trip)
Some financial support for students may be provided.
Accommodation is close to the site and very reasonably priced - details will follow.

Limit of 30 participants
Registration deadline: June 16th, 2010
For further information contact Anna Adamek at:

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