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.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
But then, I got to thinking: if anyone needs a secret ceremony attached to an oath of professional conduct and some fancy jewelry (material culture!), it should be the museologists. Do we have a secret ceremony that I don't yet know about? As Leicester is the oldest programme graduating museologists, I think it should start this custom.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Set almost entirely in Wales, Framed tells the story of 10-year-old Dylan Hughes and his family's struggle to keep their small petrol station, which sits at the foot of a mountain in North Wales, afloat.
Manod village is a rain-soaked community where hope is thin on the ground, and money even thinner. When Dylan's dad suddenly leaves home, things get even tougher for him, his sisters Minnie and Marie, baby brother Max, and his mother.
Da's departure however, coincides with the secretive arrival of a convoy of men and trucks, who take residence on top of the mountain. The villagers discover that the National Gallery in London has been flooded, and the priceless paintings sent by the lorry load to Wales for safe storage in the bowels of the old slate mine inside Manod mountain (as they were back in the Second World War).
In charge of this is Lester, an intelligent but uptight art curator who prefers paintings to people. That is, until a funny and pivotal misunderstanding leads him to invite Dylan to view the paintings inside the mountain. What ensues is good news for both Lester and the rather depressed town of Manod.
Manod develops an interest in art and Lester develops an interest in Manod, in the form of the lovely Angharad, the local school teacher. Through the transformative power of art, Manod starts to transform itself, beginning with the service station, where Mam and the children revive the flagging fortunes of the petrol station by broadening the services they offer into catering and a coffee bar.
However, despite everybody's best efforts, the petrol station faces closure when the family fail to generate enough cash to keep it going. Could an audacious art theft solve their problems?
The 'transformative power of art'? That old chestnut? Oh dear. *shakes head in despair* Still, worth watching, yay or nay?
***Please support this seminar organised by Anna W!***
Call for Attendees
Seminar: 'Museums, the cultural industries and social inclusion: outlining and unearthing alternative perspectives'
Tuesday 20th October 2009, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Supported by ESRC and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
We would like to invite you to attend a one day seminar 'Museums, the cultural industries and social inclusion: outlining and unearthing alternative perspectives’, supported by the ESRC and Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The seminar will take place on Tuesday 20th October 2009, at the Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The seminar will explore the significance of museums to the fulfilment of social inclusion/cohesion agendas and to regeneration and cultural industry initiatives. Recent research examining the significance of museums to social inclusion and cohesion will be presented, along with reflections on how the social role and impact of museums can be variously theorised and the practical barriers that may limit museums acting as agents of social inclusion and cohesion. The seminar will also address the relationships between this use and the demands placed on museums by their adoption as agents of growth and regeneration. The seminar is orientated towards outlining and drawing together the insights and concerns of academic research, museum professions and policy makers. It is hoped that the seminar, will provide a stimulus for further reflection and collaboration between these groups.
Confirmed speakers include: Andrew Newman (University of Newcastle), Suzanne McLeod (University of Leicester), Sue Wilkinson (MLA), Andy Pratt (LSE), and Paul Jones (University of Liverpool).
Attendance at the seminar is free, however places are limited.
If you would like to attend please contact Anna Woodham (email@example.com) for a booking form and/or further information.
Monday, August 24, 2009
world heritage and tourism:
Managing for the global and the local
3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada
As of 2009, approximately 900 sites are registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. For many sites inscription on the World Heritage List acts as a promotional device and the management challenge is one of protection, conservation and dealing with increased numbers of tourists. For other sites, designation has not brought anticipated expansion in tourist numbers and associated investments. What is clear is that tourism is now a central concern to the wide array of stakeholders involved with World Heritage Sites. We increasingly need to understand the multi-layered relationships between the diverse range of Sites and tourism and tourists and, to focus on how tourism is effectively managed for the benefit of all.
This conference seeks to explore a series of critical and fundamental questions being raised by the various 'owners', managers and local communities involved with World Heritage Sites in relation to tourism: Why do tourists visit some World Heritage Sites and not others? What is the tourist experience of such Sites? How successful are Sites in the management of tourists? What roles do local communities play in Site management? How can the 'spirit of place' be protected in the face of the sheer volume of tourists? How can some Sites maximize the potential of a sustainable tourism for the purposes of poverty alleviation and community cohesion? How effective are communication strategies in bringing stakeholders together? What management skills are needed to address the needs of different stakeholders, different sites and different cultures?
We encourage papers from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and welcome submissions which address theoretical, empirical, methodological, comparative and practical perspectives on the fullest array of themes associated with the management of UNESCO World Heritage.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Original papers are invited to consider subject areas including, but not limited to, the following themes:
* Marketing in the management of World Heritage Sites;
* The pragmatics of managing tourists;
* Financing World Heritage;
* Community involvement in Site management;
* Relations between intangible cultural heritage and Site management;
* The role of the private tourism sector;
* The nature of tourist experience and behaviour at World Heritage Sites;
* Shaping local, regional and national identities through Site inscription;
* Issues of governance and transnational regulation;
* Legal rights and notions of 'ownership';
* The management of World Heritage 'values';
* The geo-politics of inclusion and exclusion;
* Methods of Site evaluation;
* Managing spiritual values and biodiversity;
* The role of UNESCO and the political economies of designation.
Please submit your 500 words abstract (in French or English) including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (Maria.Gravari-Barbas@univ-paris1.fr<mailto:Maria.Gravari-Barbas%40univ-paris1.fr> <mailto:Maria.Gravari-Barbas@univ-paris1.fr<mailto:Maria.Gravari-Barbas%40univ-paris1.fr>> ) or Laurent Bourdeau (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:laurent.bourdeau%40fsa.ulaval.ca> <mailto:email@example.com<mailto:laurent.bourdeau%40fsa.ulaval.ca>> ) as soon as possible but no later than 15 December 2009.
Publication opportunity: Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. Best papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change <http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rtcc> .
Conference Organisers: UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK for Culture, Tourism and Development, the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University.
For further details on the conference at a later stage please visit www.tourism-culture.com <http://www.tourism-culture.com/> or http://www.fsa.ulaval.ca/tourisme <http://www.fsa.ulaval.ca/tourisme> or email to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:ctcc%40leedsmet.ac.uk>
Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change
Faculty of Arts & Society
Leeds Metropolitan University
Old School Board
phone +44 (0)113- 812 8541
fax +44 (0)113- 812 8544
Ukemi Blue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lC6KoutMxE
Ukemi Pink Crossroads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbU48Mo4KjU
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This conference will bring together research postgraduates and early-career researchers to share and discuss issues concerning the engagement of communities in relation to heritage, museums and galleries practice, including community-led initiatives.
Call for papers:
Papers may present, but are not limited to, research and / or case studies concerning:
* engagement of communities through museum, galleries and heritage practice
* community-led projects
* local community involvement with archaeological site management
* projects initiated and steered by local communities
* internet community development and partnerships
* the role of engaging communities when representing difficult histories
* social history studies
* cultural policy-making with an emphasis on engaging communities
* education and learning
* cross-cultural communication
* safeguarding of communal cultural heritage, including intangible cultural expressions
By 'engaging' the research 'community', this conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on a range of issues, including the following:
The conference will question how, within the research community, do we go about researching 'communities' in the context of heritage, museums and galleries? What are the epistemological, theoretical, methodological and ethical issues that frame this field of study? How are current researchers tackling such issues and what can we learn from the different responses coming out of the various contexts and academic backgrounds that are currently engaged with this research problem? How does the artificial division of fields and disciplines within academic research communities influence the ways in which 'community' / 'communities' is conceived, conceptualised and studied? How might improving communication and understanding of the range of theoretical and methodological approaches between different 'disciplines' in the research community move the field of communities and heritage, museums and galleries forward?
Deadline for 200 word abstract: September 15th, 2009
Email abstract (word doc) to: email@example.com
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Reposted from my Tumblr.
Visitor written label
- didn't feature nearly so prominently as one would imagine. Well worth a more detailed analysis than I can do it justice.
And, should that sort of thing float your boat, you can purchase merchandise featuring the word cloud. What better way to display your inner museum geek to the rest of the world?!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Donovan, Museum, 1966 [covered by Herman's Hermits in 1967]
"Meet me under the whale at the Natural History Museum..."
Bob Dylan, Visions of Johanna, 1966
"Inside the museums, infinity goes up on trial..."
Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi, 1970
"They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum..."
Eric Idle, The Getty, 1999-2000
"There's a new place in LA, I go there every day, it's the Getty..."
So far, we have two natural history museums (one is used for erotic encounters, the other overcharges for admission), and two art museums (one with ugly paintings of women, the other with rather sexier pictures of women...). Any other ideas? I was thinking Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, too, but that was inspired by a temporary exhibition, and as such, I'm not sure it counts... Google brings up only people I've never heard of...