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, October 06, 2010

Links: Food for Thought and Action

First, a bit of museo-activism: A video entry from a blogger who feels strongly about a Women's History Museum in the US. Best of all: he's a man! We look forward to Mike's future tackling of important issues.

Next, I wanted to draw your attention to a blog series on the New York Times website, called Living Rooms. It featured opinion pieces by people interested in domestic history, lifestyles, urban development, eco-friendliness, and more. Two recent pieces I found thought-provoking were Ellen Lupton's "In Praise of the Broken Home" and her "How to Lose a Legacy", both of which deal with family memory and loss and draw out philosophy from personal history. Along more historical lines, Joan Dejean's pieces tackle the development of the living room, the sofa, and the appeal of period rooms. Great reading, all of it.

Finally, a bit of fun. Musician David Bowie has discovered material culture: he is working on a book that, through iconic objects from his career, will illustrate "the Bowie creative process and his impact on modern popular music." Ironically, at least from a materiality perspective, it's a photo book. Ah well...

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