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.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Visual Culture Research: Access All Areas?

The Salon and IDeoGRAMS in association with the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester present a symposium on:

Visual Culture Research: Access All Areas?

10am-5pm, Friday 15th June 2012
Attenborough Building, Basement Seminar Block, Lecture Theatre LT1 & Seminar Room LG03, University of Leicester

Confirmed Speakers:
·        Tim Padfield, Copyright Officer for The National Archives
·        Garry Campbell, Head of Archive Services at the BBC
With the advent and proliferation of digital culture, humanities research has changed forever. In an age when the internet allows access to more and more visual material, much of which has been previously unavailable, academics have an increasingly rich seam of sources to tap into but, inevitably, questions must be asked about the ethics of using sources and research which fall outside the bounds of archives and institutions. At a time when such archives and institutions are also at risk of marginalisation and cuts in funding, should academics use material accessed outside these repositories without questioning its provenance? How may academics and curators negotiate this tension between utopian academic and cultural impulses and the ethical, financial and political constraints around visual culture research, copyright and access?

This one-day symposium will explore the use of visual material in academic research and some of the ethical issues that this raises in the digital age. To open up the dialogue beyond academia, speakers from a number of national repositories and archives have been invited to contribute their thoughts on how to improve shared knowledge and enable wider access to visual media through a variety of channels.

This event is free to attend, but requires registration (now open) with Dr Anna Claydon at eac14@le.ac.uk.

AND ALSO

British Society on the Small Screen? The Historian, Television and History

10am-5pm, Saturday 16th June 2012
1 Salisbury Road, University of Leicester

An innovative one-day workshop exploring the value of television material as a social and cultural record for historical research.

Further information is available at http://britishsocietyonthesmallscreen.blogspot.co.uk and a full programme has been attached to this email.

This workshop is funded by the Economic History Society and is free to attend, however places are limited. Please email Gillian Murray, gem10@le.ac.uk, for more information and to reserve a place.

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