PhD-led conferences and events

PhD-led conferences

Museums (em)Power

13-14 September 2018
This multi-disciplinary conference on art and cultural institutions explored the power relations in the contemporary museum context. The term 'museums' in the title encompasses not only museums but all forms of cultural institutions where people, objects and other entities interact.

Museums Alive!

4-5 November 2014
This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference explored the notion of museums as living organisms.
The event was hosted by Museum Studies at Leicester, in partnership with the Migration Museum Project.

Museum Metamorphosis: The Adaptable and Changing Museum

5-6 November 2013
This conference explored the phenomenon of metamorphosis – or change – in the museum, examining the claim that in order to become meaningful, museums should change by addressing and responding to the needs of society. Funded by the AHRC student-led Collaborative Skills Award, in partnership with Leicester Arts and Museums Service, and supported by the Graduate School and Ashgate Publishers.

Museum Utopias: Navigating the Imaginary, Ideal and Possible Museum

27-28 March 2012
This symposium sought to re-imagine museal theory and practice through the lens of Utopia, considering how the museum shapes and is shaped by the concept of Utopia in its past, present and future incarnations. Sponsored by Hanwell Instruments Ltd.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Challenging Conventions and Celebrating the Unusual

28-30 March 2011
This event aimed to challenge notions of normality and eccentricity in museums, galleries and heritage institutions. Supported by AHRC and Museum Studies at Leicester.

Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones

14-15 December 2009
An international two-day symposium and live art event, funded by the AHRC.

Material Culture, Identities and Inclusion

9-10 February 2006
Funded by the AHRC.

PhD-curated exhibitions

Museum Metamorphosis

September 2013 – February 2014
Five Leicester-based artists, Peter Clayton, Michelle Morgan, Elisa Panerai, Ruth Singer and Lucy Stevens, were selected to create a collaborative art exhibition. They were commissioned to reimagine an object of their choice from the permanent collection at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester, exploring the idea of change or 'metamorphosis'.

Mouseion: artists reflections on museums

September 2012 – February 2013 
This project aimed to curate a collaborative exhibition with a working title: what do museums do? The exhibition was conceived and curated by Alex Woodall, and designed by Cy Shih, both PhD Researchers in the School.

Apocalypse Then 

March 2011
Developed and designed by Elee Kirk and Julia Petrov. Concept developed by Dr Amy Jane Barnes. With artistic interventions by Helen Saunderson and text by Dan O’Donnell-Smith.

Dragon’s Den, Leicester Arts and Museums Service 

13 November 2013
Arranged with Matthew Constantine.

Creative Evaluation workshop

11 October 2013
Led by Rosie Marcus (CAPE UK)

Mouseion Creative Symposium

5 December 2012
Led by artists Karl and Kimberley Foster (hedsor), Yvette Hawkins, Hazel Jones, Dawn Felicia Knox and Lyndall Phelps.

PhD study visits

Connecting with Collections Symposium, University of Cambridge

27 September 2013

Manchester Museum (Henry McGhie)

17 April 2013

MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University (Professor Jim Aulich and Dr Myna Trustram)

17 April 2013

Green’s Mill and Science Centre, Nottingham

29 March 2011
Study visit for Curiouser and Curiouser delegates.

Visiting speaker events

  • Elaine Heumann-Gurian, 7 November 2013
  • Sharon Heal, Editor, Museums Journal, 4 July 2013
  • Ethan Lasser and Corinne Zimmermann, Harvard Art Museum, 19 March 2013
  • Dr Lynne Teather (first PhD student to graduate) 16 June 2011