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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Reading Artifacts Summer Institute


August 15-19, 2011

Presented by:
Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM)
Collection & Research Division and Conservation Services

Are you tired of traditional accounts of science and technology? Discover
alternative historical perspectives and methods in the midst of Canada’s
largest collection in science, medicine and technology. Our annual artifact
sessions in the CSTM storage facility bring together Canadian and
international scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum. Participants
immerse themselves in our collections gaining renewed appreciation for
artifacts and the multiple, unpredictable stories they tell.

Guest faculty for 2011:

· Dag Spicer, Senior Curator, Computer History Museum, Mountain View,
California, USA
· Cindy Stelmackowich, Faculty-Lecturer, Art History, School for
Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


· Graduate Students
· Post-docs
· Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts
· Scholars seeking to expand their research methods

Participants will:

· investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic
collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation
of history
· work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting
to explore material culture methodologies and approaches
· use artifacts as the centre of discussion and hands-on group
· learn the basics of conservation, cataloguing and developing
collections in local environments – a growing resource in liberal arts

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario,
Dates: August 15-19, 2011
Tuition: Students $250. Post-Docs $350; Faculty and
Professionals $450
(includes breaks, lunches, and a field trip)
* Students can apply for financial assistance. Send requests and budget
after registration and acceptance.

Register here (deadline: June 17th, 2011): Limit of 30 participants

For further information contact David Pantalony at:

Join our Google Group at:

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