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.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

CFP: The Transformative Museum

International Conference 23-25 May 2012 Roskilde University


Globalising trends in knowledge economies, digital participation and changing community needs catalyse transformations of museums, galleries and science centres. The conference will present a rich set of analyses of the current situation and raise important questions about the future for material and immaterial cultural and natural heritage.


We invite research papers on the following topics:
  • transforming modes of communication
  • transforming visitor participation and learning
  • transforming institutional organization
  • transforming research methodologies

include Kevin Crowley (director of the Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments and an associate professor of education and psychology, University of Pittsburgh, US), James E. Katz (director of Center for Mobile Communication Studies,Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA), dr. Lynda Kelly (head of Web and Audience Research at the Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia), professor Gunnar Liestøl (Dept. of Media & Communication, University of Oslo), professor Angela McFarlane (director of Public Engagement and Learning, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK), and associate professor Ross Parry (Programme Director, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester).


The conference organisers invite the submission of abstracts for papers. Your 400 word abstract should highlight the original theoretical or empirical contribution and indicate which of the above themes you will address.

Please include a cover sheet with the paper title, the names of all authors, and contact information for the submitter. The title, abstract, and word count should appear on the following page.

Please upload your word document to this site (Presentations in the left menu).
After the conference, authors are invited to submit revised versions of their papers from which contributions will be selected for a peer-reviewed volume focusing on the main themes of the conference.


Register soon and get attractive early-bird rates. Reduced fees apply for students. Online registration opens mid-August 2011. Check the conference site for updates.


6 January 2012 deadline for submission of abstracts
6 January 2012 deadline for submission of abstracts for oral ph.d. presentation
6 February 2012 notification of presenters
1 March 2012 deadline for early-bird registration
21 March 2012 deadline for submission of final papers


Students and young scholars are invited to a one-day ph.d. course 22 May 2012. Here, you get a venue to meet with some of the main conference speakers, make a project presentation and participate in discussions on the conference topics.

If you want to make an oral presentation, please follow the above guideline for proposals.

Please note that course presentations cannot double as conference papers.



University of Southern Denmark
Roskilde University

Find out more here.

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