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, February 23, 2011

CFP: Museums and Social Issues

Museums & Social Issues, a peer-reviewed journal published by Left Coast Press, is pleased to share a sneak peek at several potential themes for future issues of the journal (below). We welcome your feedback and invite you to contact MSI's editor, Kris Morrissey, if you are interested in submitting, reviewing or helping with any of these topics: or

Future Topics:

Being Human: How does current research shape and inform what it means to be human? How is “being human” studied and viewed today in the fields of philosophy, cognition, computer science, biology and others? How are we as individuals, museums and a society connecting with and grappling with changing ideas of our human-ness?

Prisons & US: The United States has the highest proportion of our population in prison. What does this reflect about our society? How are prisons experienced by those within? How has the concept and practice of prison shaped our music, literature, identity? How have museums reflected life in prisons or served populations within prisons?

Aging: How does aging affect the way we live in the 21st century? What are the implications of aging on government, relationships, and family structures? How is research changing our assumptions about aging? What are the implications of an aging population on museums and other cultural and educational institutions?

Homelessness: Who are the homeless and what is the path to homelessness? What is the daily life and culture of the homeless? What are the rights, hopes and future for those without homes? How do museums connect with and tell the stories of these audiences?

Exhibit, Book or Program Reviews: The journal is always interested in reviews of exhibit, books and museum projects that address these or any other questions or issues of concern to society.

For information about submissions and deadlines contact:
Editor: Kris Morrissey (
Managing Editor: Alex Curio

No comments: