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, September 14, 2012

New Book - Call for Papers: The Photograph and the Album

We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, The Photograph and the Album, to be published by MuseumsEtc [] in 2013.

The photograph album carries the potential to convey meaning beyond the images contained within it. However, the long history of the photograph and the album is currently changing because of the way in which we are now making and using photographs. This could be seen as a challenge to the album or viewed as an opportunity to take us in new directions and offer alternative interpretations.

We welcome submissions of between 2000-6000 words from writers, academics, curators, photographers, artists and other visual practitioners. If your submission is of a visual nature it will extend to 6-8 pages of the published book.

The Photograph and the Album will be edited by Rosie Miller, Jonathan Carson and Theresa Wilkie from the School of Art & Design, University of Salford, UK.

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please submit a proposal of between 300-500 words with a short biography and CV to the following address: by Monday 1 October 2012. If you have any queries about this CFP please email:

The full Call for Papers can be found here: where there is also a downloadable version.

We are seeking contributions that deal with a wide range of issues in connection with the photograph and the album and the relationship between them. This could encompass conceptual, cultural, historical and visual concerns relating to:
* the album as home-made, hand-made and/or domestic artefact
* the album as art object
* the family album
* the travel album
* the commercially-made photograph album
* the digital album
* the photograph album and the museum
* the collecting of albums
* the photograph album as social memory and political document
* the presence and the absence of the photograph album

The book will be published in print and digital editions by MuseumsEtc in 2013.
Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.

The Editors
Jonathan Carson is Associate Head (Academic) and Senior Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies in the School of Art & Design, University of Salford, UK. Rosie Miller is a Lecturer and Critical & Contextual Studies Area Leader in the School of Art & Design, University of Salford, UK. Theresa Wilkie is Director of Design & Culture and Senior Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies in the School of Art & Design, University of Salford, UK. All three previously edited Photography and the Artist’s Book (MuseumsEtc, 2012).

COMPLETED PAPERS DUE: 28 JANUARY 2013 (provisional)

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