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, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Visitor Studies: Asking, observing and the ethics of it all
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
Friday 15th October 2010 10.30am – 4.30pm
This one-day event will focus on the ethical issues and considerations surrounding the research of human subjects. If your audience research includes covert recording, unobtrusive observations, interviews with vulnerable adults and children or any aspect of research involving human participants then this event is for you.
Speakers and Workshop leaders:
• Dr Sue Spiers: Head of Research Programme Development at Liverpool John Moores University
• Andrew McIntyre: Director, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre
• Claire Benjamin: Head of Community Partnerships, National Museums Liverpool.
• Dr Eric Jensen: Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick
• Sofie Davis: Senior Audience Researcher, The Science Museum.
VSG Member £40 VSG Members Concession* £30
Non-Member £50 Non-Member Concession* £40
Including refreshments and lunch
* Concession = Full-time students, Unwaged or Retired
This event is designed to be a mixture of presentations and workshops. Please book early since numbers will be limited due to the inclusion of workshops in the programme.
See the VSG website for booking details http://www.visitors.org.uk/node/387
Monday, September 27, 2010
Find out more here
AccessArt would like to invite you to make your mark on 2010!
As part of the Big Draw 2010, we’d like to create a drawn Visual Encyclopedia, made up of all the objects from our everyday life. We’d like to invite EVERYBODY to send us your drawings of the kinds of objects which we take for granted, and yet which over time, change in style and appearance.
Anything which is relevant to you: a toy, a wellington boot, a deodorant container, a chair, a packet, a piece of furniture… NOT live things though thank you – NOT people, plants, animals…
AccessArt will then compile all the drawings into an online encyclopedia, and a pdf/book, to create not only a snapshot record of our objects in October 2010, but also a fantastic record of our drawings.
What kind of drawings?
We don’t mind what medium your drawings are in, but we would like the drawings to be on white paper, and please draw the objects in isolation (which means just the object on the white paper – do not draw a background…). And please make sure your drawings are no larger than A4.
Who can submit drawings?
We mean EVERYONE. We want to put all your drawings in one place: artist next to child, teacher next to parent… we don’t mind who you are, how old you are or where you live… And submissions are invited from all over the world; we’d love to see objects coming from ALL CULTURES.
I need help drawing..
How do we submit drawings
You can submit drawings in 2 ways:
- Send excellent quality jpg or gif files to firstname.lastname@example.org Please send no more than 4 files per email.
- Send the original drawings (no larger than A4 in size) to: AccessArt, 6 West Street, Comberton, Cambridge, CB23 7DS
Please ensure each drawing has the following information attached:
- School (if appropriate)
- Age (if under 18)
- Email Contact
- Object name
Deadline for receipt of drawings: October 31st 2010
A conference organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, İstanbul Technical University and the Department of Anthropology, Yeditepe University in İstanbul, Turkey on May 25-29, 2011.
Ian Hodder (Stanford University)
Richard Handler (University of Virginia)
Ayfer Bartu Candan (Boğaziçi University)
Charles Stewart (University College London)
We are organizing a conference on the interrelated themes of memory, materiality and cultural heritage that will appeal to scholars from the fields of archaeology, anthropology and history. We invite papers that particularly address the uses and management of ancient sites, monuments and objects at the local and global scales from different social spaces and sectors of societies such as houses, ritual-architectural spaces, netscape, museums, touristic scapes, media industry, ethnoscapes and nation-states. Many different processes play a role in the particular contemporary uses of ancient objects and monuments such as the making of public/official or alternative histories and education, nationalism, cultural preservation efforts, place-making, object and profit oriented capitalist material practices, violence, archaeological practices, and the politics of the production and/or erasure of memory about the past, present and future. Despite the efforts of countries to geographically and culturally ‘preserve’ ancient monuments and objects, there has been a process of deterritorialization in the sense that they constantly move across space and time in the form of actual reproduction in different socio-spatial contexts, web-based information and computer simulation. In these new contexts they are reappropriated and attributed new meanings and senses and/or intentions to evoke the ancient potent meanings, becoming objects of new materialities and also containers and/or producers of new immaterialities. They become part and parcel of new historicities.
In addition to particular case studies we are specifically interested in papers that address theoretical and methodological questions. How can we theorize about contemporary uses of ancient monuments and objects? What is the unit of analysis and how is it methodologically constructed? From an analytical perspective, how can we gauge the historical traffic of these objects across space? What are our analytical boundaries?
The conference organizers plan to publish the conference proceedings.
Papers are expected to contribute to the following thematic areas related to the main topic of contemporary uses of ancient sites, monuments and objects:
Commodification and Objectification
Senses and Memory
Senses and Home
Collection and Destruction of Objects
Cultural Heritage Preservation
Abstracts for individual papers and sessions should be submitted by FRIDAY DECEMBER 17th 2010. Abstracts of no more than 350 words in English should be sent via email to the addresses listed below. Please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, telephone number(s), and postal address. The authors of the accepted abstracts will be notified by JANUARY 20th 2011.
Once the abstracts are accepted the full papers must be submitted by May 25th, 2011 in order to be considered for publication in an edited volume.
Please email presentation abstracts to: email@example.com
Please email questions/comments to:
Sevil Baltalı Tırpan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aybil Göker: email@example.com
Winterthur, a public museum, library, and garden supporting the advanced
study of American art, culture, and history, announces its Research
Fellowship Program for 2011-12. Winterthur offers an extensive program of
short- and long-term fellowships open to academic, independent, and museum
scholars, including advanced graduate students, to support research in
material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture,
garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the
Atlantic World, childhood, literary culture, and many other areas of social
and cultural history. Fellowships include 4-9 month NEH fellowships, 1-2
semester dissertation fellowships, and 1-2 month short-term fellowships.
Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than
87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable
include period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, an
extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts, printed books,
and ephemera. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum's
collections, which include 85,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in
America to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also
supports a program of scholarly publications including Winterthur Portfolio:
A Journal of American Material Culture.
Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds,
and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur, the nearby
Hagley Museum and Library, the University of Delaware, and other area
museums. Fellowship applications are due January 15, 2011. For more details
and to apply visit winterthur.org/fellowship or e-mail Rosemary Krill at
Friday, September 24, 2010
We are still doing helpful work for the lovelorn out there: "date at museum" continues to bring us up. Perhaps relatedly, " the body is a material object" seems to be a popular search term. It's certainly a multi-sensory experience, though we aren't keen on being objectified. "Object as body" is a little more disturbing, though lends credence to those critics out there who decry museums as fetishistic!
If you found us via a very unrelated search term, let us know! We love all things esoteric!
Check it out here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tw231/Michael_Woods_Story_of_England_Romans_to_Normans/
Museums and the Web 2011
the international conference for culture and heritage online
April 6-9, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Museums and the Web explores the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage online. Taking an international perspective, MW reviews and analyzes the impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage. Our community has been meeting since 1997, imagining, tracking, analyzing, and influencing the role museums play on the Web
- wherever the network may take us.
* CALL FOR PARTICIPATION *
The MW program is built from the ground up. Proposals are invited from professionals and researchers in all areas actively exploring the creation, online presentation and use of cultural, scientific and heritage content, and its re-use and evaluation. There are no pre- defined themes -- just a strong interest in the best work out there!
The bibliography of past MW papers (all online since 1997) can be searched at http://conference.archimuse.com/biblio/
All full texts are freely available online.
* PROPOSAL FORM *
Online proposal submission is required. Use the form linked from http://conference.archimuse.com/mw2011/call.html
Please co-ordinate your proposals with your collaborators. Multiple proposals about the same project will not be successful.
Proposals are peer-reviewed individually by an International Program Committee. Note that proposals for full sessions are rarely accepted.
Proposals for sessions should be submitted as individual papers with a covering note. The committee may choose to accept some papers and not others.
*SESSION FORMATS *
MW sessions vary in format - from formal Papers to informal Birds of a Feather lunches, and from structured Professional Forums to timely Unconference Sessions. Find the best format for your idea, by reviewing the session formats at http://www.archimuse.com/conferences/mw.sessionFormats.html
* DEADLINES *
Proposals due September 30, 2010
- for papers, mini-workshops + professional forums (written paper required by Jan. 31, 2011)
Proposals due December 31, 2010
- for demonstrations (written paper optional)
* PROGRAM SUGGESTIONS *
The Museums and the Web program is built from the ground up, from your proposals. Add your ideas to the on-line discussion at http://conference.archimuse.com/forum/suggestions_for_the_mw2011_program
* NEED FURTHER DETAILS? *
Review the MW2011 Call for Participation on-line at http://www.archimuse.com/mw2011/call.html
Contact the MW2010 Conference Co-Chairs
David Bearman + Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you in Denver.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
A quick reminder about the 2010 Museums & Mobile Survey we are running. See http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V5PSKNY
We'll be closing the survey at the end of next week so if you would like to participate, please do so soon!
The survey explores the international museum community’s use and ambitions with mobile technology tools, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. It is open to all those working in this field: if that is you, please participate!
We hope you choose to participate, and we look forward to sharing the results!
For more info on this research see http://www.learningtimes.net/museums-mobile
Loic Tallon & Jonathan Finkelstein.
Friday 22nd October 2010
(0930) 1000 – 1630
£45 TEG members/£80 non-members
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of TESS Demountable the Touring Exhibitions Group are continuing our successful seminar programme into 2010 and 2011 and begin programme with Promoting Touring Exhibitions on Friday 22nd October 2010. Promoting Touring Exhibitions will provide delegates with an introduction to marketing techniques and strategies, looking at how one can identify key target audiences and deliver your product to them.
The day will explore both how to promote exhibitions for hire and also how to market the hired exhibition to the general public in the host venue.
Consisting of a mixture of practical advice and case studies it will be excellent opportunity to discover new marketing skills, brush up on your existing ones, and network with other people and organisations in the exhibitions world.
The seminar will run between 1000 (0930 registration) and 1630 at the Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It is only £45 for TEG members (only £80 non members), including lunch and course papers. To book a place please visit the TEG website.
There will be two more seminars following this, International Touring Exhibitions which will take place at TEG’s annual Marketplace, and Partnerships and Collaborative Working in Touring Exhibitions which is scheduled for May 2011.
Our seminars are great opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge, or refresh existing skills. They also provide an affordable and invaluable opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from the touring exhibitions world.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
AccessArt has always been keen to create opportunities for children who enjoy learning through doing, especially through activities which promote skills in handling and manipulating materials, using tools and thinking creatively.We want to give children the chance to become more confident, dexterous and articulate in the way they translate their thinking into action. Using tools to manipulate without fear of injury, understanding which materials can work best for which jobs, and feeling a sense of ownership in the processes and outcomes, are all important qualities which all too often children simply do not get the opportunity to experience.
So what is Tool Box?Tool Box is about enabling all these things, through active, social learning.AccessArt is looking for schools and community groups in the Eastern area (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire) to work with us to pilot an exciting project which provides the chance for children (8 to 16) to get to grips with new processes, materials and ideas. Working alongside creative practitioners, children will be challenged to work in small groups to brainstorm, design, make and test a series of games which can be used at a school fair/community fete as money raisers. Children will be taught and supervised in the use of a wide variety of low-tech materials and tools, as a way of enabling their creative ideas. Children from many schools/community groups will then be able to enter their work, and prizes given for the most imaginative, best prototype, and most popular.The Tool Box project will provide an opportunity for your school or group to work with creative practitioners outside school hours (lunchtime or after school) and to work with award-winning AccessArt to help shape the future Tool Box resource which will then remain on the AccessArt site for others across the country to use.
To register your interest, please visit http://www.accessart.org.uk/?page_id=1123
* Successful Online Retailing
* Alive to Change: Successful Retailing in Museums (Revised and Expanded Second Edition).
If you'd like to contribute and share your experience, please email a brief outline of your proposed article to us at email@example.com by 15 October latest. The deadline for final submissions is 26 November.
You can find full details of this Call for Papers at:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
That’s because when they came up with the series, Neil MacGregor and the producers decided that if they were doing a chronological history from 2 million years BC to the present day, then the final object should be from the 2010. So they left it teasingly blank....
...Any ideas? We want to know what you think. Yes, it’s a classic ‘answers on a postcard’ question. Except please don’t send us a postcard. Instead we’ve made a page for you to leave your ideas - or you can tweet them using #objectoftoday and we’ll pick them up.
Read more here. Stephen Fry talks too...
July 11-13, 2011
University of Naples, Italy
Call for Papers
Stream Title: Digital Culture- looking through the past towards the future
This stream invites contributions on issues of digital cultural practice. The call is not limited to examination of online practice alone, but is designed to attract a breadth of submissions that explore bridging the ubiquity of technological uptake as it flows across a breadth of spatial configurations (for example in the workplace, the domestic and public spheres, social engagements and entertainment). As technologies continue to spill over from the workplace into daily life and vice versa, our everyday practices encompass contemporary uses of technology. In fact, it is increasingly difficult to extricate work and social uses of the patchwork of existing and emerging technologies that permeate our lives.
Issues may include (but are not confined to):
1. critical issues of digital culture: practices of online life, for example dealing with complication, agility, ambience and proliferation of technology; implications for the workplace (like fragmentation of jobs with new media uptake, virtual artefacts, Web 2.0 and differentiations); procedurisation of innovation; meaning and utility of management standards both online and offline; sophistication of managerial control and automation of physical control of time, information access, communication and moving.
2. empowerment stands out as an important issue, discussions of equalities and inequalities, the slowing down and speeding up of experience and life in the digitised environment; topics without satisfactory answers to questions about examination of change, if any, in the distribution of power and its beneficiaries in the course of technological exchange; why capacities, capabilities and opportunities provided by technology are more or less empowering
3. reflexivities between the studies of digital culture and IT: analyses of how discourses around digital culture affect use of technology and how discourses of digital culture affect the study of IT (for example the role of ethics, disembodied interviewing, musicology and so on); textual analyses for the digitised research and code and advances for IT/IS development methods; metaphors in application of scientific methods (like in complexity and emergence discipline); ways in which methodological approaches in each field can inform each other.
4. links between digital cultures and previous technology cultures: comparisons between past impacts of technology on daily life (such as internal combustion engine, telephone, sewing machine) and current impact of digital technologies; maker cultures - past, present and future - in art, craft and technology; technology as owned product or consumed service, then and now - travelling photographer/ ubiquitous cameraphone, community use of baker's oven for Boulangère Potatoes/ fast food, travelling Magic Lantern shows/ digital television.
We welcome panel discussion proposals and other proposals on innovative use of presentation time to explore the theme of this stream.
Details of the Convenors:
Convenor 1: Anita Greenhill
University of Manchester
Convenor 2: Frances Bell
University of Salford
Convenor 3: Gordon Fletcher,
University of Salford
Convenor 4: Marie Griffiths
University of Salford
Convenor 5: Rachel McLean
University of Bolton
Position Description for Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
Position Title : Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
Classification : Level C
Faculty : Arts and Education
School : History, Heritage and Society
Campus : Melbourne Campus at Burwood
Responsible to: Head of the School of History, Heritage and Society
Monday, September 20, 2010
Issue 1 - "Novelty"
This call is for the first issue of Critical Contemporary Culture.
Critical Contemporary Culture is a student-led, peer review journal devoted to the strengthening and development of the study of culture. It is an environment in which students and non-students can engage with one another in critical dialogue about contemporary culture.
As an innovative digital presence Critical Contemporary Culture would like to use its first issue to invite essays on novelty in contemporary culture. This issue will be on what it means to be novel, or to explore the new, in the contemporary moment.
Are we obsessed by novelty? Is newness is at the heart of today’s over consumption and hyper-individualization? Is novelty creative and resistant? Is novelty a means of movement beyond ontological, disciplinary and institutional boundaries, towards more radically humanist forms?
How novelty plays out in contemporary culture is the focus of the first issue of Critical Contemporary Culture.
This issue aims to bring articles from both the humanities and social sciences together with works produced by artists and cultural practitioners. We are particularly interested in essays and works that are concerned with ‘novelty’.
Critical Contemporary Culture is calling for submissions from students and cultural practitioners. It is calling for essays, art works, installations, narratives and other media.
We welcome submissions from all areas of research, cultural production and practice including but not limited to: sociology; anthropology; economics; history; geography; dramatic and performing arts; literary studies; music and dance.
· Essays should be submitted in Word format.
· Other media can be submitted in the following formats: jpeg, mpeg, mov, mp3, avi and others by discussion with firstname.lastname@example.org
For submission guidelines please see http://www.criticalcontemporaryculture.org/
The deadline for abstracts is November 13th 2010
The final submissions deadline is December 13th 2010
Abstracts should be no more that 300 words in length and should be submitted, in Word format, email@example.com
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Call for papers Volume 6: all possible discourses on Intangible Heritage
Deadline: 30th December 2010
The International Journal of Intangible Heritage is a refereed academic and professional journal for the intangible heritage sector. First published in May 2006, the Journal embraces theory and practice in relation to the study, safeguarding, interpretation and promotion of the intangible heritage. Over recent years, academics, researchers and professionals in many different parts of the cultural sector have increasingly been studying, systematising, documenting and communicating intangible heritage elements and in particular supporting its traditional cultural expressions.
The need for such an international publication was one of the fruitful outcomes of the 2004 Triennial General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on the theme of `Museums and Intangible Heritage`. The then Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Korea (now the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism) agreed to provide support for this Journalthrough the National Folk Museum of Korea. Following the establishment of a Journal Secretariat in the Museum and the convening of the International Editorial Board and Editorial Advisory Committee in late 2005, the first volume was published in May 2006. Since then the second, third, fourth, and fifth volumes came out in May 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively. The printed editions are supplemented by an electronic edition in PDF format at http://www.ijih.org.
The Journal welcomes offers of contributions covering all areas of intangible heritage studies and practice.
The Journal usually publishes three categories of contributions as follows:
(1) Main articles (double refereed), normally between 4,000 and 6,000 words, excluding notes, bibliography and illustrations. An A4 size page of plain text averages around 800 words, and the printed paper will normally be allocated six, eight or ten journal pages according to length and illustrations. Prospective authors should consult the Editorial Board through the Editor-in-Chief
(2) Short communications (double refereed), of up to 2,000 words (two to four journal pages).
(3) News and reviews items of up to 1,000 words on conferences, publications or projects (which will be subject to normal editing by not formal refereeing. Publication is subject to relevance to the Journal and the decision of the Editorial Board)
We are now seeking suitable contributions for Volume Six in all three categories: main papers, short communications, and news and reviews, on any aspect of research in intangible heritage studies.
Manuscripts submitted should not be under consideration by any other journal or publisher, nor should they have been previously published elsewhere. If a manuscript is based on a lecture, conference paper or talk, specific details should accompany the submission. There are detailed Instructions to Contributors on the preparation of manuscripts and illustrations in previous volumes of the Journal (in both the printed and electronic editions) and these are available on the Journal website at: www.ijih.org .
Paper proposals for the Journal can be submitted to the Journal Secretariat:
Please provide the full postal address of each author and of any institutional affiliation where applicable, including the country name, and an e-mail address contact address for each Author. Include at the end of the manuscript a short biography (80 words) for each Author.
For manuscript submission contact:
International Journal of Intangible Heritage
The National Folk Museum of Korea
Sejongno 1-1, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
For editorial policy etc. enquiries contact:
Editor-in-Chief: Professor Amareswar Galla
Monday, September 06, 2010
opened 5 positions for two-year post doctoral positions. The general idea is
to open and develop the field of heritage studies, both to bigger
contemporaneity, and to a more globalized perspective. We hope to attract
scholars both from classical disciplines within heritage studies, as well as
less conventional or expected. Last day for application is the 15th of
See the webpage http://www.science.gu.se/english/research/Heritage_Studies/
- you find the announcement to the right."