CALL FOR PAPERS
Symposium: New research into the
History of National and International Exhibitions, Festivals and World’s
Victoria & Albert Museum
Friday 4th March
Students and staff of the Royal College of Art/ Victoria &
Albert Museum's department of History of Design invite scholars (postgraduate
students and faculty) who are currently researching aspects of the history of
National and International Exhibitions, Festivals and World’s Fairs to present
their work at a one-day symposium.
This event will be a forum for
discussion of research questions and methods and for this reason we are
particularly keen to receive proposals from scholars who are currently engaged
in new research in any national/ international context.
addressed by papers might include: the consumption and reception of exhibitions
and festivals; evolution of exhibition displays before and after opening; the
relationship between exhibitions or festivals and government policy; exhibitions
as narratives of progress/ nationhood etc; the presentation of designed goods;
exhibitions or festivals as enunciating difference; methodological problems
raised by research in this area.
To allow full discussion of common
themes and concerns, speakers will be allocated a 20-minute slot for the
presentation of their papers.
The symposium will be held at in the
Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Friday 4th
March 2005. The event will be open to anyone with a research interest in the
field, and no charge will be made for participation. Please note that we
are unable to support travel or accommodation costs of
Please send abstracts of up to 500 words and a covering
letter to Harriet Atkinson (RCA/ V&A History of Design) by e-mail to
[log in to unmask] by 30th November 2004. Speakers will be
notified in early December 2004.
If you need any further information
please contact Harriet Atkinson at [log in to unmask] or Lisa Godson at
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