PhD-led conferences and events

As part of the Museum Studies at Leicester research community, PhD candidates are supported in devising convening events. These include a bi-weekly guest seminar series and our annual Research Week, as well as larger-scale public events including conferences and research-led exhibitions. 

Research Seminars

Convened by Lucrezia Gigante, Chiara Marabelli, Blanca Jové Alcalde and Jenny Durrant, guests for the 2020-2021 bi-weekly seminar include: Elena Montanari (Politecnico Milano), Dan Hicks (Oxford), Corinne Fowler, Janet Marstine, Valentino Nizzo (Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia), Anamaria Rojas (Red de Museos Ayse) and Laura Von Broekhoven (Pitt Rivers Museum). 

Research Week

Our annual June gathering brings campus-based and distance learning students together to discuss their research, attend lectures and workshops, and launch a new edition of the PGR-led peer-reviewed journal Museological Review.

Programme: Research Week 2021

Programme: Research Week 2020 

Public Events 

Let’s Talk: Roundtable on Art Museums and Contemporary Collecting Practices

While much existing research focuses on museum collections from a historical perspective, this event aims to address the current collecting practices of public art museums. We will address how acquisition decisions are made, the extent to which collecting can be diverse or inclusive, and relationships between collection practices and coloniality, and between permanent collections and contemporary art history. 
An M4C funded event convened by School of Museum Studies PhD candidate Eloisa Rodrigues, with contributions from Eleni Ganiti (Curator, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens), Lucy Bayley (Tate Research) and Nikita Gill (InIVA and Manchester Art Gallery) and discussants Uthra Rajgopal, Yang Chen, and Stacey Kennedy. 
20 May 2021. Free online event. Please register here

Past Events 

Past PhD-led events include Museums (em) Power (2018), a conference addressing power relations in the contemporary museum context, Museums Alive! (2014) hosted in partnership with the Migration Museum Project to explore the notion of museums as living organisms, and the exhibitions Museum Metamorphosis (2013) and Mouseion: artists’ reflections on museums (2012).