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, March 31, 2011

Re-visiting the Contact Zone Conference - grants for attendance available

Re-visiting the Contact Zone: Museums, Theory, Practice 17-21st July 2011 Linkoping, Sweden Organised and funded by the European Science Foundation

We welcome papers and posters from researchers and from museum practitioners. If you are a practitioner and would prefer to not give a formal paper, then we also welcome applications to play the role of 'discussant' and respond to the ideas and arguments of other papers. Because we have a limited number of spaces available, it is especially helpful to us if applicants are open to various possible roles.

To participate you apply via the ESF website: www.esf.org/conferences/11365

If you would like to play the role of discussant then simply include this in the box where the description of your paper is asked for. In the box which calls for lists of publications, we welcome accounts of your recent museum practice (exhibitions, learning programmes, community engagement). Please note that there is a limit on the number of spaces available for speaking at the conference and the ESF gives preference to early career applicants and a spread of countries. For this reason, please also be sure to indicate whether you would also be willing to give a poster presentation or act as discussant.

Some grants to cover travel, accommodation and conference fees for early career researchers and practitioners are available.

Deadline for applications: 17th April 2011.

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