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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

2018 PhD Conference: Theme Revealed!

Hi all,

As you may be aware, we're reviving the PhD conference at our School to be held on 13 - 14 September 2018 (to be confirmed). After a couple of meetings we've come up with the theme and questions. Our 2018 Conference title is 'Museums (em)Power' and we've proposed five key questions:


1. How do cultural institutions act as spaces in which power is negotiated?
2. How are cultural institutions challenged by evolving political and societal ideologies? How are they discovering opportunities within these challenges or perpetuate them?
3. How do cultural institutions engage diverse audiences, including marginalized and vulnerable communities?
4. How has the Digital Revolution transformed the ways in which cultural institutions negotiate power with society?
5. How can museum collections, exhibitions, or art impact people (such as intellectually, socially, or emotionally)?

Our next steps are to develop an abstract for each question and plan for funding applications and sponsorships. Under the theme of 'power' the committee aims to involve all the PhD colleagues so if you have comments or suggestions on the theme or any other aspects of the Conference, please feel free to share your thoughts. We'll also keep you updated on our progress so stay tuned!

2018 PhD Conference Comittee

Sunday, November 26, 2017

School of Museum Studies to host Susan Ferentinos for the Research Seminar: "The United States Grapples with the Queer Past"


The University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies will host a special research seminar, "The United States Grapples with the Queer Past" by Susan Ferentinos, on November 29th, 2017 at 1:00pm. The seminar will take place in the Learning Studio of the Museum Studies Building at 19 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RF.

In the United States, mainstream discussion of the history of same-sex love and desire is still relatively uncommon, although that fact is rapidly changing. Spurred on by growing social acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and the federal government’s nationwide LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, more and more museums and historic sites are introducing queer topics into their programming and exhibitions. This presentation will offer an overview of recent efforts in this area, as well as considering some ongoing challenges for bringing the queer past to a wide audience.

The presenter, Susan Ferentinos, is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant based in the United States and specializing in inclusive interpretation and historic preservation. Her current projects include a survey of potential U.S. National Historic Landmarks related to LGBTQ history and consulting with the Stonewall National Monument on the historical significance of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Dr. Ferentinos is the author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield), which won the 2016 book award from the National Council on Public History.