The permanent and official blog of the University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies PhD student conferences and special events.

26 November 2011

Historical Utopias: Atoll K

Something a bit different this time: a cinematic dystopia (judging by the reviews) from 1951, featuring comic legends Laurel and Hardy. In their last film together, (known as Utopia in the US, Robinson Crusoeland in the UK and Atoll K in Europe), the boys are shipwrecked while heading for a newly inherited island, and are marooned on an atoll which has just emerged from the sea. Along with their cook, a stowaway and a girl who is fleeing her fiancé, they set up their own government on the atoll. Uranium is discovered and world powers begin fighting over ownership of the island. The US release has lapsed into the public domain and can be streamed online here.

14 November 2011

Last Call for Abstracts for Museum Utopias!

The deadline for submitting your abstract for our highly-anticipated interdisciplinary postgraduate Symposium Museum Utopias expires at midnight GMT tonight!

Please send your abstract to the email address provided by the CFP here.

We welcome submissions from postgraduate students, researchers and professionals, and are open to creative as well as traditional presentational formats. We've received some fascinating abstracts so far, and look forward to reading yours!

11 November 2011

Reminder: CFP Deadline this Monday 14 November

Don't forget the deadline for submitting your abstract for Museum Utopias, the 2012 Symposium organized by the PhD community at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, is this Monday 14 November.

Check out our website for further details and the CFP, which can also be found here.

We've received some fascinating proposals so far, and look forward to reading yours!

4 November 2011

Book your place for Museum Utopias in 2012!

We are excited to announce that we are now taking bookings for Museum Utopias: Navigating the Imaginary, Ideal and Possible Museum, to be hosted by the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, on 27 -28 March 2012.

Book your place here.

We are also pleased to offer four travel bursaries to full-time PhD students - please check our official website for eligibility criteria and an application form.

We look forward to seeing you all in Leicester next year!