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Event on Materiality and Intangibility in Leicester 2009:

 Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones

 A two-day international symposium for PhD students and early career researchers.

 Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th December 2009.

University of Leicester, UK.

 Join us at the new School of Museum Studies this December for the symposium Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones.

 Museums are all about the material world; the display and preservation of works of art, their presentation and interpretation to audiences. Yet, it can be argued that it is the ‘intangible’ elements of objects, museums and their audiences which create meanings from the material world. Between the ‘material’ and the ‘intangible’ often a controversial, defined division is perceived. Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones intends to challenge this fixed division and explore a more fluid conceptual space, where the ‘material’ and the ‘intangible’ interweave.

 We have devised an exciting programme of presentations and workshops, keynote speakers and artistic interventions, which engage with materiality and intangibility in inspiring and innovative ways.

 Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester and Dr Kostas Arvanitis, University of Manchester.

 A provisional programme shall be available shortly. Please refer to The Attic ( for further details.

 The events will be hosted by the research student community based at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, a leading internationally renowned centre for Museum Studies and teaching since 1966. The School was recently assessed as having the highest proportion of world-leading research in any subject in any UK university (RAE 2008).

 Booking fee: £20 (includes lunch and refreshments and refreshments on both days).

 If you would like to attend, please complete the attached form and return it, with payment, to the following address before 30th November 2009. Cheques to be made payable to ‘University of Leicester’. Please contact Amy Barnes ( should you wish to pay by alternative means.

 Materiality and Intangibility

School of Museum Studies

University of Leicester

Museum Studies Building

19 University Road

Leicester.  LE1 7RF


3 Responses to Events

  1. Tina Fiske says:

    Art, Conservation, and Authenticities Material, Concept, Context

    University of Glasgow/ ICON Scotland Group, 12-14 September 2007

    The purpose of the symposium is to discuss and debate the notion of ‘authenticity’ within the context of the conservation and the production of art, in the past and at present. This conference seeks to stimulate discussion around three key areas considered vital in establishing or vouchsafing an artwork’s ‘authenticity’: material, concept, and context. Interdisciplinary research into art production: historical materials, techniques and studio practice; a more conceptual approach when considering authenticity in modern and contemporary art and the importance of the original and present context for the authentic artwork, are key topics.

    For information and registration go to: Seating is limited. Early Bird Fee until July 1st. Posters still welcome.

    Enquiries to the organisers: Erma Hermens: Tina Fiske:

  2. Emma Roodhouse says:

    The Object in Transition: A Cross Disciplinary Conference on the
    Preservation and Study of Modern and Contemporary Art
    January 25-26, 2008
    Getty Center, Los Angeles

    Presented by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Research
    Institute, “The Object in Transition: A Cross Disciplinary Conference on
    the Preservation and Study of Modern and Contemporary Art”, will explore
    some of the key issues surrounding the conservation of contemporary
    sculpture, painting, and mixed-media artworks, and the collaborative
    possibilities, primarily between conservators, art historians, and
    curators, working in these fields.

    The two-day event will feature intensive professional dialogues on case
    studies and general panel discussions. Topics will include the
    importance of an artwork’s surface, dealing with process, the artist’s
    voice and intent, the life and death of objects, and examining
    multi-disciplinary collaboration. A number of relevant art works are
    anticipated to be on display, enabling the audience to actively
    participate in the discussion of these works.

    In addition, a panel discussion, open to the public, with three
    influential contemporary artists (to be announced) in conversation with
    Christian Scheidemann (Private Conservator in NY) and Elisabeth Sussman
    (curator at the Whitney Museum of Art) will be held on Thursday
    evening, January 24, 2008 in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the
    Getty Center.

    For more information, including a preliminary list of speakers, please

    Conference information will be regularly updated.

  3. Sandy Wood says:

    New and Recently Appointed Materials Lecturers’ 2-day workshop – 4-6 September 2008

    For the fifth consecutive year The UK Centre for Materials Education (UKCME) is running a 2-day workshop for newly / recently appointed lecturers (i.e. academic staff who have commenced within the past 3 years) who teach aspects of Materials, either in courses or modules.

    This residential workshop is focused fully on subject-specific approaches to teaching. It will be delivered by experienced Materials practitioners, with additional contributions from a number of academics teaching Materials who have successfully completed their probationary period.

    All costs of the workshop will be met by UKCME, inclusive of accommodation and meals. Participants need only meet their travel costs to Liverpool – ‘European Capital of Culture 2008’.

    For further information and to register your interest in this event, please complete the online registration form on the UKCME website

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