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.

Monday, January 31, 2011

So True...

Attic Attack: Base Ten

On Friday February 18, starting with cake and tea at 4:30 and then down the pub after the talk ends at 6, The New History Lab will join forces with The Attic to talk about the role of material culture in the study of history. To illustrate some approaches, we've set the theme for the session as "A History of Leicester in 10 Objects."

Base ten in a convenient array for counting: most of us have ten fingers and ten toes. This denary or decimal notation has been used by museums of late: we admit to having been inspired by the BBC and British Museum's joint project "A History of the World in 100 Objects". More locally, there have been other take-offs: "Leicestershire Revealed," which ran a subsidiary poll called "A History of Leicestershire in Ten Objects," and most recently, an architectural history slideshow called "The ten ages of Leicester buildings".

We have come up with our own list, and we guarantee you will be surprised at our shortlist. But we want to know what would be on your personal list of historic Leicester objects, and why? Are they iconic? Ephemeral? Historic or esoteric? Local or global?
I almost don't want to give this any more exposure, but it's relevant, so... Philosopher Alain de Boton, fresh from telling us what universities need to do to be more "useful" for society, has expanded this thinking to museums. Except, he seems to think that all museums show is art. Well, as me and Attic Alumna Amy found out on Friday at the Royal Academy, an art gallery is not a museum (their reason for not giving a Museums Association admission discount).

In other news, Liverpool has a new museum. In this era of museums closing (including here in Leicester - sure, we have the best museum studies department in the country, but we won't have any museums to speak of soon), it's nice to hear this.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Brown bag, 19th January 2011

Rethinking citizenship and belonging: human rights, learning and museums

This was an unusual Brown Bag seminar, in that it didn’t take museum practice as its starting point, but offered the chance to consider the resonance that contemporary developments in human rights might have for museums. A large and responsive audience showed that this approach is one that researchers in museum studies and allied fields welcome. If Brown bags usually invite us to think from the particular to the general – to think about how a particular example of innovative practice might apply more widely - this seminar challenged us to think about how a very big question might shape museum thinking and work in practice.

Professor Audrey Osler, formerly of the School of Education in Leicester, and now Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Citizenship Education at the University of Leeds took as her theme Rethinking citizenship and belonging: human rights, learning and museums. She began by stressing that she did not speak as an expert on museums, but that certain museums had been important to her throughout her life and that she was interested in exploring the role that museums might have to play in human rights education. Human rights education, she reminded us, is essential because we can only claim our rights when we know what they are.

She suggested that human rights could offer a useful basis for a dialogue when addressing contentious issues – which could be very pertinent for museums. Did museums need to rethink their narratives around democracy, migration and global politics, as well as notion of history of progress in by examining them through the lens of human rights? Perhaps, she suggested.

Professor Osler stressed that the discussion of human rights was now a ‘cosmopolitan project’, developing differently in different parts of the world. However, she argued strongly against relativist interpretations of human rights, which assert that human rights are not absolute but need to take account of different cultural contexts. Such relativist interpretations, she suggested, always work against women and sexual minorities. It is not a defence of oppressive behaviour to argue ‘but it’s my culture’: culture is not fixed, and can change.

Discussion of human rights can sometimes seem rather ‘out there’, Professor Osler suggested. But on the contrary – we should see human rights as entwined in the decisions and interpersonal relationships that shape our daily lives: ‘Unless those rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere’, she suggested, quoting Eleanor Roosevelt.

A human rights approach, however, does not always offer self-evident answers. Professor Osler’s main case study was the apparent conflict between the rights of some people in faith communities and LGBT communities in the United States, with particular reference to same-sex marriage. She explored this scenario in some detail, looking at the way that apparently competing rights can be balanced. She emphasised that the right to freedom of expression was not absolute: I do not have the right to express a conviction, however sincerely held, in a way that undermines your right to life or liberty. Human rights, Professor Osler suggested, are a ‘package’: you cannot privilege one right over another, and pursue one right in a way that threatens the rights of others.

So what does this all mean for museums? Professor Osler suggested there is an urgent need to explore a number of issues through the lens of human rights, and that museums might have a role to play. For example, she asked, has Islamophobia become an acceptable form of racism in contemporary society? We cannot leave it to the media to explain terror, war, violence and peace: what is museums' role here? One thing museums might be able to do, she suggested is to tell alternative narratives, and encourage people to think about key historical events from more than one perspective. She concluded by reminding us that teaching for human rights requires moral courage, leaving us to wonder perhaps whether enough museums have that courage.

In discussion, several contributors expressed the view that too many museums cling to the idea that they are neutral spaces, and are unclear about what their values are. Responding Professor Osler argued that it is very British – and very misguided – to think that an implicit set of values is good enough. Museums, along with other public institutions, need to be more explicit about what they value.

All in all, this was a seminar that offered no practical suggestions for museums and very few answers to the questions it posed, but that was thought-provoking and discomfiting in the best possible way.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Market Harborough Museum Under Threat

Treasure May Be Lost Amid Fears Museum Set to Close

By Tim Healy

Campaigners fear a museum could close – losing its hoard of Roman treasure to the county.

They say council plans to axe all five assistants at Harborough Museum will lead to its closure.

Harborough District Council wants to save £102,500 by making the staff redundant.

Axing the assistants is part of nearly £900,000 of cuts targeted at community and cultural support being considered by the authority.

Click on the link for more of the article. Cuts, eh, and the first thing to go is...However, it seems there's a campaign to save the museum, on Facebook at least. Click HERE for more information.

CFP: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies:
ACSIS Conference 2011
15-17 June 2011 at Louis de Geer in Norrköping, Sweden
Organised by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS)
in collaboration with the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)

In June 2011 ACSIS arranges its fourth biannual conference on cultural research, this time on the subject “Current Issues in European Cultural Studies”. The conference will provide an updated inventory of main issues in European cultural studies today, covering cross-European topics and trends as well as regional developments in East, West, South, North and Central Europe. It thus presents European Cultural Studies but also gives a view of Europe through the spectrum of Cultural Studies.

The program has three main levels. First, a series of plenary sessions will deal with selected key current issues for cultural studies that partly connect to European perspectives and partly reach beyond this geographic scope. Second, a set of spotlight sessions open up for presentations and debates on the state of cultural studies in different regions of Europe, leading up to a final plenary discussing whether EU’s motto “united in diversity” is also applicable to European cultural studies. Third, cultural studies scholars from all over the world are welcome to propose and organise group sessions that run in parallel throughout the conference, and may deal with any empirical, methodological or theoretical subject within a wide definition of the cultural studies field. In this manner, the aim is to offer a rich expression of where the cultural studies field is going today, and what is the role of Europe in these developments.

Call for Papers
We now open the call for papers, welcoming 200 word abstracts for any of the parallel sessions listed here or for open sessions put together by the conference organisers. Submission deadline is February 14 2011, and abstracts are submitted via this page.

Current trends and issues in European museum research
Research on the roles played by museums in formation of heritage and identity has boomed the last two decades. Globalisation, digitalisation and revitalised identity politics are among the political, social and technological challenges that have brought on an array of research into the forces shaping museums and the negotiating capacity of museum collections, representation and politics. In Sweden, several strong projects for museum research have emerged within universities as well as in museums, building bridges between different institutions and strands of research. This twin session is a collaborative effort of ongoing research projects at Linköping University, Stockholm University, the Nordiska Museet and the National Historical Museum. It invites researchers doing innovative research exploring the role of museums in the wider culture to share their approaches and results contributing to comparative reflections on the role of museums and their collections. Topics could relate to identity politics; the sociomaterial dynamics of museum collections; institutional histories; museums, education and reform; post-colonialism; nationalisms; repatriation; and relations between research and policy development.

Coordinator: Bodil Axelsson, Linköping University

Saturday, January 15, 2011

CFP: Stuff

Stuff, the meanings of materials.
The Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design

April 28 and 29, 2011, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York

We invite papers dealing with the stuffs things are made of. How is meaning resident in materials? We especially seek papers that explore the uses of engineered materials or the dialectic of the natural and the artificial.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Christopher Wilk, of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: "Thinking about Materials: A Case Study in Plywood."

Materials can signify a connection to a long tradition or a break from the past, a hand-worked substance or an industrially produced one. They speak to design ethics and the relationship between makers and their environments, between production and natural resources. A designer or artisan can choose to be guided by the natural quality of a material, or to flout it. Some materials have invariable properties and forms, others are infinitely malleable. Man-made material can be camouflaged as imitations of natural materials, or celebrated for their unique properties.

Possible areas of exploration might include:
* Materials analysis in connoisseurship
* Guilds, guild rules and boundaries between materials
* Materials and national self-image
* The Rhetoric of "honesty" or "dishonesty" in design
* Inexpensive substitutes
* Plasticity, form and formlessness
* Ecological damage or its mitigation
* New museological approaches to the exhibition of materials

Sponsored by the MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design offered jointly by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design

Send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to:
Dr. Ethan Robey
Associate Director MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design

BM Museum Studies Student Day

Museum studies student day
Thursday 24 February 2011, 11.00–15.30
Tickets £10

British Museum staff give a behind-the-scenes insight into the running and organisation of an internationally celebrated museum. Education, curatorial and collections management staff discuss museum theory and practice, particularly in relation to the special exhibition Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Students wishing to broaden their knowledge of museums and the culture and heritage sector are welcome.

Full programme

Tickets available through the Box Office

Thursday, January 13, 2011

UCL CMHMCS Seminar Series Term 2 Programme

The UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage & Material Culture Studies had their first research seminar "The commodification of authenticity: performing and displaying Dogon material identity" by Laurence Douny (UCL / British Museum). For future seminars, click HERE

Don't forget, our own Brown Bags will be starting again soon!

Museobunny Wants YOU!

Registration is now open for the Curiouser & Curiouser Conference at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, being held from the 28th – 30th March 2011. Please visit the official conference website for more information and the registration form.

This interdisciplinary conference, aimed at PhD students, early career researchers and museum professionals, will seek to challenge notions of normality and eccentricity in museums, galleries and heritage institutions.

Applications for travel bursaries close on 15th January.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

British Library Launches New App

The British Library, custodian of some of the most treasured documents in the world, has produced an iOS and Android app featuring over 100 of the library’s most significant items including the world’s oldest bible Codex Sinaiticus, Galileo’s letters and Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks.

For the rest of the story, click here

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Museum of British Folklore

We dance the Sword Dances, spin ribbons round Maypoles, hail seasonal kings and queens and run from the 'Obby Oss. The ancient cultural traditions of these islands are esoteric, mysterious, strange mixes of the pagan and Christian, dances of life and death. Alive and well in some parts, in other places forgotten and forlorn, these traditions are still a deeply embedded and familiar part of who we are, and what we use to make ourselves and our mythologies.

Whilst local history museums contain many artefacts of folkloric interest, whilst there are projects such as 'The Other Within' at the Pitt Rivers which emphasize folkloric items, it has for a long time struck me as odd that an institution dedicated to native British traditions appears to be missing. But perhaps this might change soon. Recently, I stumbled upon a website called The Museum of British Folklore, which seeks to drum up support for such a centre. Go to the site, visit, learn, and perhaps support the cause. I for one would love to see such an institution arise. The cultures that I understand as deep parts of myself, parts of me that came from Derbyshire and dressed wells, that Wassailed apple trees and knew the stories of the Green Man, deserve a place to be honored and remembered.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Museum Merch!

Because we were lazy and didn't do an Attic Advent this year, we have decided to make it up to you - take advantage of the sales at the V&A shop and the Met Store now, while the January discounts are still on!

Museum Education Monitor wants you!

ave you recently completed a dissertation or thesis or major paper on a
subject related to museum education or interpretation? Do you know someone
who has? Maybe you're already on the MEM list! Check it out at

MUSEUM EDUCATION MONITOR (MEM), the e-newsletter, is celebrating recently
completed (2009-2010) major papers, theses and dissertations in the upcoming
January 2011 issue.

If you or your colleague wish to share completed work with others around the
world, please send an e-mail to that includes:
- name
- title of work
- year completed
- level achieved (M.A., Ph.D., Ed.D. etc.)
- school & department
- advisor/supervisor
- contact information
- brief abstract [no more than 50 words, please]
- URL, if the paper is available electronically

All listings are displayed in their language of origin but an English
translation of title is appreciated. Deadline for the January issue is
Friday, January 14.

Feel free to get in touch for more information about this call or to discuss
your research. Look forward to hearing from you!

CFPs: American Studies Association panels

The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association wishes to
encourage participation in the 2011 Annual meeting: "Imagination,
Reparation, Transformation," October 20-23, 2011, Baltimore, Maryland. To
read the conference Call for Papers please see:

In an effort to get more strong material culture-related papers and panels
on the program we hope to help link potential panelists with shared
interests in material culture topics. If you, your colleagues, or doctoral
students may be looking to connect with others with similar interests please
email us your panel CFP or your paper idea and we will work to connect
similar panelists and papers. We are also happy to offer suggestions on
complete panels.

We will make every effort to help connect interested potential panelists and
panel conveners who contact us before Thursday, January 20. NB: All
interested parties who email us will still be responsible for following all
posted instructions ( submitting
their own panels or papers to the ASA by the ASA deadline (January 26,

After submitted panels are reviewed and selected by the ASA, the Material
Culture Caucus will select one of those panels as the official
Caucus-sponsored panel, and will publicize related papers and panels.

If you are interested, please submit your ideas or abstracts to Sarah Carter
(scarter at fas dot harvard dot edu) and to Bess Williamson (bessw at udel
dot edu) as soon as possible, and definitely before Thursday January 20th.

The decay of the built environment has become a subject more of aesthetic
fascination than of fear for many twenty-first-century Americans. Real
communities such as Detroit, pictured in *Time*’s 2010 photographs and
Julian Temple’s documentary “Requiem for Detroit?” (2010), and Gary,
Indiana, seen in David Tribby’s *Gary Indiana: A City’s Ruins* (2009), have
become fodder for photographers, bloggers, and artists. Meanwhile, fictional
decayed landscapes are used as a spectacular backdrop to countless recent
apocalyptic movies, from “I Am Legend” (2007) to “The Road” (2009), even
undergoing transformation into animated form in the children’s film “Wall-E”
(2008). But people who live, or once lived, in the real landscapes of decay
often resent the intrusion of visitors following a podcast tour through
Baltimore neighborhoods used as locations for “The Wire,” or the presence of
the urban explorer, wishing that such touristic interest might be followed
by political action aimed at transformation of the material environment
where their communities are based. How can scholars interested in visual and
material culture address the aesthetics and ethics of this fascination with
deterioration? Possible topics to be addressed in this panel include the
ethics of the representation and simulation of decayed environments; the
role of the urban explorer as proto-archaeologist; historical perspectives
on the visual and material cultural presence of the decayed landscape;
decayed landscapes and their function in filmic narrative; and decay and its
relationship to discourses of consumer culture.

This panel will lead to a themed issue of *Paperweight: A Newspaper of
Visual and Material Culture*, published by J.C. Kristensen, an editor at
Journal of Visual **Culture*. *Paperweigh*t has two ASA members on its
staff, Rebecca Onion and Katherine Feo Kelly. Please see for more information.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to rebeccaonion at gmail
dot com by January 20, 2010.

Museum of London free talks and events

Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator, Fashion and Decorative Arts @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Dates and times
Wednesday, 23 February, 15.00 – 16.00

Mike Seabourne, Senior Curator of Photographs and Curator of the London Street Photography exhibition @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Audience: Adults only
Dates and times
Wednesday, 30 March, 15.00 – 16.00
Tours of Mortimer Wheeler House
Location: Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf, Hackney, London, N1 7ED
Visit the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) to see and handle some of the thousands of finds that haven't yet made it into our galleries. There are plenty of surprises in store for visitors to our Archaeological Archive and Research Centre, one of the largest purely archaeological stores in Europe. Along the 10 km of shelves - which laid end to end would run from St Paul's to Marble Arch and back - you will find over 5,000 shoes, 3,000 pins, 500 needles and records concerning 8,500 excavations, the earliest dating back to 1830. The tours will be led by some of our volunteers - over 600 of whom have worked in the Archive at various times over the past ten years. Take the chance to chat to them, and to Museum staff, about their favourite finds. They might even let you touch a 600-year old shoe or a Roman wine jar!
Fee £5: advanced booking required.
Dates and times
Friday, 1 April, 11.00 – 12.30
Friday, 1 April, 14.00 – 15.30
Saturday, 2 April, 11.00 – 12.30
Saturday, 2 April, 14.00 – 15.30

Expanding City, 1670s – 1850s @ Museum of London
Alex Werner, Head of History Collections at the Museum of London discusses the creation of the Expanding City gallery in the Museum's new Galleries of Modern London. Refreshments are available from 6pm.
Dates and times
Tuesday, 19 April, 18.30 – 20.00

Francis Marshall, Senior Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings and Curator of the London Cries exhibition @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Dates and times
Wednesday, 27 April, 15.00 – 16.00

Tom Wareham, Curator of Maritime History and Curator of Pirates: the Captain Kidd Story exhibition @ Museum of London Docklands
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Dates and times
Wednesday, 25 May, 15.00 – 16.00

Rebuilding the Cutty Sark @ Museum of London Docklands
The architects leading the current conservation work on the Cutty Sark, the world's sole surviving extreme clipper and legend in her lifetime, have been faced with many challenges. Christopher Nash, Partner of architectural practice Grimshaw, speaks about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the project. All ticket holders will receive a free glass of wine on entry.
Fee £6 (concs £4.50): advanced booking required.
Dates and times
Thursday, 2 June, 19.00 – 20.00

Sarah Gudgin, Curator Oral History & Contemporary Collecting @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Dates and times
Wednesday, 29 June, 15.00 – 16.00

Ian Blair, Senior Archaeologist for the Museum of London Archaeology Service @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Dates and times
Wednesday, 27 July, 15.00 – 16.00

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

CFP: Memorials

12th Cambridge Heritage Seminar
15-16 April 2011
The Heritage of Memorials and Commemorations
Call for papers
The process of memorializing and commemorating people and events has come under scrutiny in recent years. Controversies have been sparked by memorials. Some commemorative events have become stage settings for occasionally violent confrontations between different memorial narratives, and the relationship between history and memory is being put through a ‘stress test’ of sorts. Though memorial processes have a long history, this new scrutiny has given rise to important questions about their social function, the intentionality behind commemorative gestures and their impact: Do memorials help us forget? Are they reconciliatory? Who do commemorative events exclude? What purpose to they serve? Do they help us not repeat the mistakes of the past? Why do people use memorials? Who uses them? How and when are ‘forgotten’ memorials reinvigorated by communities? With these questions new terms are also emerging: ‘spontaneous shrines’ (Santino 1992), ‘memorial mania’ (Doss 2008), ‘grassroots memorials’ (Sánchez-Carretero and Margy 2010).
This 12th edition of the Cambridge Heritage Seminar seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide array of disciplines and communities of practice to explore what and how we choose to commemorate and the impact that this has on our own memories and identities, and thus on heritage.
How to take part
There are three ways of taking part in this seminar: presenting a paper, providing a poster, being a participating audience member.
Paper proposals should clearly outline the questions that will be addressed and the empirical evidence or case study that will be drawn on. The proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a short (150 word) biographical note about the author.
Posters proposals should illustrate one particular instance of commemoration or make a concrete theoretical point.
Paper and poster proposals should be sent to Liz Cohen at no later than 15 February 2011. Papers will be selected by 1 March.
To register to participate in the event as an audience member please write to Dominic Walker at by 1st April 2011 – numbers will be limited so please register as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

CFP: The Now Museum

The Now Museum:
Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, and Alternative Models
Graduate Symposium, 13 March 2011
The Graduate Center at City University of New York, Independent Curators International (ICI) and the New Museum are organising a graduate symposium on the afternoon of Sunday 13 March 2011. The event will be chaired by Claire Bishop (CUNY Graduate Center), Kate Fowle (ICI) and Martin Grossman (University of São Paulo). The symposium is intended to accompany and form a graduate response to a main conference, held at CUNY Graduate Center and the New Museum on the three days beforehand (Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 March).
We are calling for 15-20 minute interventions (10 pages/2000 words) on topics relating to the following themes:
· The role of research in the contemporary museum
· The formation of historical narratives in contemporary collection hangs
· Contemporary museums versus art fairs and biennials
· Thinking beyond collections and cultural patrimony; new roles for the museum today
· The discursive museum and pedagogic practices
· Negotiating expanded global/local horizons in collection displays and temporary exhibitions
· Defining museum identities in non-Western contexts
Please submit your name, institutional affiliation, and paper (maximum 10 pages/2000 words, font size 12, 1.5 space) to Claire Bishop ( and Chelsea Haines ( by 1 February 2011. Accepted papers will be announced by February 16 2011.

CFP: Reading Time and Space

International Postgraduate Literature Conference
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland September 22-24, 2011
Literary dimensions. Reading time and space.
Call for papers
We are pleased to announce the International Postgraduate Literature Conference “Literary dimensions. Reading time and space.” The conference will take place between 22-24 September 2011 and will be hosted by the English Department at Maria Curie- Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, opinions and research results between students working in various fields of literary studies.
We invite postgraduate students and young academic researchers working on their Ph.D dissertations to submit paper proposals of about 200-250 words by May 15, 2011. Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to:
identities and personal spaces literature of belonging real vs. imaginary space center, periphery and borderlands literature and cultural geography home and homelessness
space construction narrating time and space revisions and alternative histories movement, travel, migration mapping and literary cartography alternative spaces and imaginary worlds the void and the abyss cyberspace and hypertext dimensions in visual narratives transgressing space utopian and dystopian landscapes journeys within and beyond time visions of the future and literary prophesies (r)evolutions and change
Abstract should include the title of the paper, name of the author(s) and academic affiliation. It should be sent as an email attachment to the following e-mail address:
We are planning a publication of selected papers. Conference fee is 35 EUR or 140 PLN.
Organizing Committee:
Zuzanna Gawro ska, Julia Nikiel, Katarzyna Czerwiec-Dykiel, Hubert Kowalewski

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Future Curators Project

I've just come across this amazing sounding project from the British Museum. Why do these things arise at the wrong time for me? Anyways, here's the information for those of you who DO need a job, and are looking for somthing in this field. Good luck Attic Readers, let us know if you get anywhere!

Future curators is a unique and exciting project which will offer trainees the opportunity to spend a total of 18 months at two UK museums where they will gain in-depth knowledge of the museum sector as well as an accredited diploma in curatorship.

Trainees will spend six months on placement at the British Museum and a further 12 months at a partner museum, working as a valuable addition and active member of both organisations’ collections teams.

Through formal training and gaining on-the-job experience, the trainee will acquire specific collections knowledge, an extensive range of curatorial and transferable skills, and a large network of valuable professional contacts enabling them to lay the foundations for a successful future career in the heritage sector.

For more info, and to apply, click HERE

Monday, January 03, 2011

Smithsonian Fellowships in American Art

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. A variety of predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowships are available. Fellowships are residential and support independent and dissertation research. The stipend for a one-year fellowship is $30,000 for predoctoral fellows or $45,000 for senior and postdoctoral fellows, plus research and travel allowances. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but shorter terms will be considered; stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months. For research consultation, contact: Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg at or Dr. Cynthia Mills at

Application deadline: January 15, 2011. Contact: Fellowship Office, American Art Museum, (202) 633-8353, For more information and a link to the Smithsonian’s online fellowship application, please visit Only one application is necessary; applicants will automatically be considered in all relevant award categories.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Brown Bag 15th December - Queering the Museum RECORDING ONLINE

Hello All,

HAPPY NEW YEAR (as I think the Attic may already have said). Just to let those of you with access to BlackBoard know, the recording for the above Brown Bag is now online under 'Research Seminars'. Enjoy!