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, May 06, 2011

24th Annual Visitor Studies Association Conference: July 24-27, 2011, Chicago, USA

24th Annual Visitor Studies Association Conference
Sustaining a Community of Learners
July 24-27, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

VSA seeks to foster a sense of community among its members, who gather once a year to pose intriguing questions, explore diverse opinions, debate controversial issues, challenge assumptions, and share their successes and their struggles — in essence, to learn from one another.

To expand upon this community of learners, VSA's 24th Annual Conference at the historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago will take place concurrently with the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) annual conferences. The partnership between these three organizations creates a unique opportunity for VSA conference attendees to meet with a wide spectrum of museum professionals. Through an “open-door” registration, VSA, AMM, and IAM members will be able to attend all sessions, keynote addresses, coffee breaks, and special events offered by any of the three partner organizations.

Online-only Early Bird Registration is open now!

Explore the Preliminary Schedule at a Glance
Explore the Preliminary Session Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshops

For in-depth experiences you can sign up for pre-conference workshops including: “Using iPads, iPhones and other Smart Devices to Study Visitors”, “Practitioner-Driven Visitor Studies”, “Working with Logic Models”, and much more. View workshop descriptions here.

Opening Event

Don’t miss this year’s opening event on Sunday evening, July 24 — an opening reception at the stunning Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Modern Wing, which was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and opened in May 2009, provides a new home for the Art Institute of Chicago's collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. The building houses the museum's world-renowned collections of modern European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography. The Modern Wing is a short walk from the Palmer House Hilton. View all evening event descriptions here.

For more information, including link to conference registration,
and event and location descriptions, please visit
and click on Conference

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