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, March 02, 2012

Symposium: Popular Media Cultures

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR: Popular Media Cultures: Writing in the Margins and Reading Between the Lines
A One Day Symposium to be held at the Odeon Cinema, Covent Garden, London
Saturday 19th May 2012
Keynote Address by:Prof. Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California
Popular Media Cultures seeks to explore the relationship between audiencesand media texts, their paratexts and interconnected ephemera, and therelated cultural practices that add to and expand the narrative worlds withwhich fans engage. How audiences make meaning out of established mediatexts will be discussed in connection with the new texts produced by fans.The symposium will focus on the cultural work done by media audiences, howthey engage with new technologies and how convergence culture impacts onthe strategies and activities of popular media fans.
With papers by: Stacey Abbott, Joanne Garde-Hansen & Kristyn Gorton, MattHills, Mark Jancovich, Roberta E. Pearson and Cornel Sandvoss.
Fees (including lunch and refreshments)*:£50 Full rate£25 Student reduced rate*
Delegates on the day will receive a 10% discount on purchases made at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on presentation of their symposium name badge.
For further details of how to register and attend the event go to the ourwebsite at:
The Symposium is supported by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research at the University of Portsmouth. See:

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