Contribute to the engage journal
Members are invited to contribute to engage 28, our first online version of the journal, on the theme of the current condition of the 'New Museum' which, since the 1980s, has been a subject of theory and debate. As the European recession deepens and public funding is withdrawn from cultural organisations and art education in general, what configurations of this new 'New Museum' are emerging? Are museums and galleries taking over functions previously lodged in other social institutions (adult education, universities, schools, social services)? How will the emerging New Museum work with audiences, through education and learning, in this changing environment? What is the picture in India, China, the Gulf States and parts of the world enjoying a renaissance of museum building for which audiences have yet to be developed?
We are interested in contributions from colleagues worldwide, reflecting on the practices and challenges faced in different contexts, in relation to:
* Motivations and values: education, scholarship, community building, citizenship, experience of material culture
* Increasingly commercial and private models of funding
* The nature of gallery architecture and physical spaces
* Permanent collections: storage, maintenance, exchange
* Balancing local and international commitments and identities
* Tourism and the heritage industry
We are also inviting ideas for engage 29 (Spring 2012 deadline) on the subject of the impact of the London Olympics on gallery culture, education and art practice.
Final articles lie between 1,500 and 4,000 words. The submission deadline for engage 28 is 1 September. We welcome contributions which make use of the potential of the online format.
As engage's funding is limited, it is assumed that writers who are salaried, and for whom writing forms part of their professional duties, will not need to claim a fee. We are very happy to discuss this as the need arises.
There is a small fee available for freelance contributors:
Reviews and short pieces up to 2,000 words: £65
Articles 2,000 words and over: £100
Contributors working freelance who wish to claim their fee should indicate this in advance. Invoices should be sent to the editor, by email or post. Payment is made at the time of publication.
If you are interested in contributing to either of these issues, please send a short, informal proposal of no more than 100 words, and your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org, by 10am on Thursday 30 June 2011.
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.