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, January 20, 2011

CFP: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies:
ACSIS Conference 2011
15-17 June 2011 at Louis de Geer in Norrköping, Sweden
Organised by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS)
in collaboration with the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)


In June 2011 ACSIS arranges its fourth biannual conference on cultural research, this time on the subject “Current Issues in European Cultural Studies”. The conference will provide an updated inventory of main issues in European cultural studies today, covering cross-European topics and trends as well as regional developments in East, West, South, North and Central Europe. It thus presents European Cultural Studies but also gives a view of Europe through the spectrum of Cultural Studies.

The program has three main levels. First, a series of plenary sessions will deal with selected key current issues for cultural studies that partly connect to European perspectives and partly reach beyond this geographic scope. Second, a set of spotlight sessions open up for presentations and debates on the state of cultural studies in different regions of Europe, leading up to a final plenary discussing whether EU’s motto “united in diversity” is also applicable to European cultural studies. Third, cultural studies scholars from all over the world are welcome to propose and organise group sessions that run in parallel throughout the conference, and may deal with any empirical, methodological or theoretical subject within a wide definition of the cultural studies field. In this manner, the aim is to offer a rich expression of where the cultural studies field is going today, and what is the role of Europe in these developments.

Call for Papers
We now open the call for papers, welcoming 200 word abstracts for any of the parallel sessions listed here or for open sessions put together by the conference organisers. Submission deadline is February 14 2011, and abstracts are submitted via this page.

OF NOTE:
Current trends and issues in European museum research
Research on the roles played by museums in formation of heritage and identity has boomed the last two decades. Globalisation, digitalisation and revitalised identity politics are among the political, social and technological challenges that have brought on an array of research into the forces shaping museums and the negotiating capacity of museum collections, representation and politics. In Sweden, several strong projects for museum research have emerged within universities as well as in museums, building bridges between different institutions and strands of research. This twin session is a collaborative effort of ongoing research projects at Linköping University, Stockholm University, the Nordiska Museet and the National Historical Museum. It invites researchers doing innovative research exploring the role of museums in the wider culture to share their approaches and results contributing to comparative reflections on the role of museums and their collections. Topics could relate to identity politics; the sociomaterial dynamics of museum collections; institutional histories; museums, education and reform; post-colonialism; nationalisms; repatriation; and relations between research and policy development.

Coordinator: Bodil Axelsson, Linköping University

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