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.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Upcoming Conference at V&A on Childhood

A conference on childhood that welcomes papers on material culture of
childhood...

The Child in the World will be a one day conference on 9 November 2013 held
at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. Dr Karen Wells will be the
keynote speaker.

The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to *13 March 2013*.

• How have children’s lives been shaped by global processes and events,
both past and present?
• How do children understand their place within the world and how has this
sense of place changed or remained the same?
• How have children’s lives been shaped by experiences of global travel, of
migration and displacement?

We invite contributions exploring these questions, particularly in relation
to children’s everyday experiences of the global. We welcome papers which
trace children’s voices and experiences via a range of methodologies and
source materials, both tangible and intangible, such as the objects they
use and own, the books and other materials they read, the programmes and
films they watch, the technological equipment they have access to, the
clothes they wear, the games they play, and the testimonials they
themselves provide.

We encourage contributions from colleagues throughout the arts and social
sciences, including in particular those working within the fields of
childhood studies, geography, museum studies, children’s literature and
culture. In addition to abstracts for 20-minute papers, we also welcome the
submission of panels and of formats other than standard papers (such as
lightning talks, posters or discussions).

Please send submissions by 13 March 2013 to childinworld@qmul.ac.uk

We plan to bring together written versions of the presentations to form the
basis of a special issue in a relevant journal.
This conference forms part of an ongoing, AHRC-funded collaborative project
between QMUL and the Museum of Childhood. For more information about the
project, please go to: http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/research/childinthe
world/index.html

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