22 February 2011

ICOM Costume Committee Annual Meeting 2011

In Between – Culture of dress between the East and the West

Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, September 25th-30th 2011 

The Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade is organizing the annual meeting of ICOM (International Council of Museums) Costume Committee, which will take place in Belgrade from September 25th-30th 2011. The theme of the meeting is all-encompassing, so that the papers, exhibitions, poster presentations and workshops will discuss how many centuries of cultural exchange between East and West have influenced the culture of dress. We intend to stress how this region and especially Serbia have influenced the craft, trade, fashion, social and private connections and relations that enable and support the cultural exchange of dress even today. Our special goal is to study and determine how our museums and museum collections are recognizing this specific cultural exchange. We look forward to welcoming experts from all over the world and many important institutions. Four international exhibitions – from USA, Spain, Croatia and Greece - are also planned. Participation of ten national cultural institutions from Serbia, the University of Belgrade and 23 specially prepared exhibitions are the result of Serbian museums working hard in anticipation of the Costume Committee’s first visit to Serbia. In line with organizing this prestigious manifestation, the Ministry of Culture has designated September 2011 as the Month of Dress in Serbia. All information about the Conference may be found at the webpage www.etnografskimuzej.rs and www.costume-committee.org 

Schedule of planned activities:



17 February 2011

Conference Spaces Going Fast....

For the 2011 MEG conference: 'Objects and Words: Writing on, around and about things'

Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 April 2011

Although the deadline is 11 March, the last few spaces may go before then.

Children at Home Conference

in association with the V&A Museum of Childhood

Friday 18 March 2011, Geffrye Museum, London, 9.30-17.30pm

While childhood itself has been the subject of scholarly interest, relatively little has been written on the place of children within the home, their position within the household and their lived experience of home. This conference will therefore bring together historical and contemporary research examining children’s senses of home and belonging, their familial/ household relationships and their use of space within the home, as well as their material culture.

Sessions will explore the intimate spaces and memories of working- and middle-class childhoods, toys and technology in the contemporary home, homelessness and deprived childhoods, as well as feeling at home in semi-domestic settings and institutions. Methodological challenges and innovations will also be discussed throughout the day. The conference programme reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the Histories of Home SSN and will draw on sociology, social and economic history, film studies, cultural anthropology, pedagogy, art history and social work.

Delegate fees
£40/£30 (full-time students), includes light sandwich lunch and refreshments

Booking information
Book early to secure your place! To book please complete and return the Booking Form with payment by Wednesday 9 March 2011 to:

Krisztina Lackoi, SSN Co-ordinator
Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

For more information see:

9 February 2011

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)

Supported by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation
June 27 - July 22, 2011
Application deadline: MARCH 1

NOTE: Only open to those studying at universities in the USA, US students studying anywhere in the world and First Nations people of Canada

SIMA is a graduate student training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.  During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and at an off-site collections facility, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data.  Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address.  In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops (and continually refines) a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university.

Application Information

Who should apply?
Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad, as are international students enrolled in universities in the U.S.A. NOTE: First Nations people of Canada are eligible.

The program covers students’ tuition and housing, which is provided at a local university. A small stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.
For more information and to apply, please visit http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/
Additional questions? Email SIMA@si.edu