Via Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett Museums of history face a particular challenge in societies that have experienced conflict and violence in recent memory and radical geopolitical and ideological change, not to mention socio-economic and technological challenges. Multiple and rival historical perspectives characterize the dynamics of public memory in these societies. DifferingContinue Reading

Laurie Ingram, Material And Visual Culture, UCL   Sawdust and Threads is a residency and exhibitions programms that takes de-accessioned museum objects as its material. Artist Caroline Wright has undertaken residencies at three different museum collections and selected objects that have been de-accessioned. For Sawdust and Threads, Caroline has madeContinue Reading

Since its formation in 1994, the Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) has bridged the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American Studies programs. To celebrate its twentieth birthday, the Caucus sponsored a workshop on Friday November 7, 2014, duringContinue Reading

The Geffrye Museum would like to share details of the Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network Call For Papers for 7th Annual Conference Homes Under Pressure. Please forward to any staff and students. This conference will explore how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historicalContinue Reading

The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) announces the following session at the Association’s Annual Meeting, “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century,” 6-9 November  2014, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA USA Material Culture Caucus Session: Twenty Years, TwentyContinue Reading

Jes Fernie, Independent Curator, History Rising Project, We’d like you to send us your photos of museum display structures from across the world.  These could be from your local museum, trips abroad or from your academic research. We are interested in vitrines, plinths, shelves and general display mechanisms, rather thanContinue Reading

Ulrike Bessel, Curatorial Assistant, Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive A new photography exhibition, open from 22nd October 2013 – 30th May 2014 at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive in Gillingham, Kent, will show a different side of the Museum’s collection. Supported using public funding by Arts CouncilContinue Reading

17th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality 26 – 29 June 2013, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) Submission deadline is February 28, 2013. The formation of the modern world was accompanied by a fundamental reshaping of culture itself: its agents, values, and symbols, its everyday practice and high culture rituals.Continue Reading