Museum Studies Research Seminars

Museum Studies Research Seminar Series 2016/17

The Museum Studies Research Seminar Series is an informal ‘brown bag’ group that meets during term times on Wednesdays at 1.00pm, in the Collections Room, School of Museum Studies. You are welcome to bring your own lunch!

For further details, and also changes to the programme, please keep an eye on your university inbox. Research Seminars are recorded, if you are unable to attend - don’t worry! They can be found on Blackboard.



Term 1 and 2 Theme: Anniversary Diversity and Equality Research (8 Seminars)

26 October 2016

Melissa Forstrom Al Kadhi (, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Westminster (London) and an Adjunct Professor in Communications and Media at Manhattanville College (New York).

Title: ‘Islamic Art Exhibition Texts, Maps and Visitors and the News Media’

Sofia Katharaki ( and Viv Golding (

9 November 2016

Liz Carnegie, [] University of Sheffield

Title: ‘Museums as ‘memoryscapes’: The Politics of (Re)presenting the Political Pasts within Eastern Europe

Sofia Katharaki ( and Viv Golding (

30 November 2016

Mona Ali [ ] , title tbc

Katerini Vlachaki ( and Viv Golding (

7 December 2016

Matthew Cock, Director of VocalEyes (

Armand De Fillilo ( and Viv Golding (


25 January 2017

Professor Richard Sandell, title tbc

Sofia Katharaki ( and Viv Golding (

8 February 2017: Dr Ala Bashir, [] title tbc

Aisha Almisnad Almohannadi, ( and Viv Golding (

1 March 2017

Alan Rice, [] title tbc

Sofia Katharaki ( and Viv Golding (

8 March 2017

Jana Graham [  ] (poss), title tbc

Katerina Vlachaki ( and Viv Golding (

Term 3 Theme: Work in Progress (4 Seminars)

3 May 2017:

10 May 2017: Sandra Dudley, title tbc (work in progress seminar).

17 May 2017: Katy Bunning, PhD Candidate, UoL, ‘New museums, race, and ‘culturally specific’ approaches’

7 June 2017:



Oonagh Quigley (


Anniversary Diversity and Equality Research Seminars: All seminars in terms 1 and 2 are seen as part of the 50th anniversary agenda that is seeking to embed a diversity and equality stream of programming across all areas of the School.

Work in progress seminars: These are for both staff and PhD students, and in particular 3rd year (writing up) students are encouraged to do these, please volunteer! In student cases, 2 students per hour could work well (15-20 mins/paper; 10-15 mins discussion). The framework here is that:

  1. a.     The seminars have a supportive atmosphere.
  2. b.     There is NO expectation at all of polished presentations.
  3. c.     Students (and staff) are encouraged to bring to their session particular aspects of their in-progress work that they might like to discuss.
  4. d.     For example, one student may value the opportunity to discuss the methodology they are developing just prior to going into the field; another may like to air some initial thoughts or ask for others’ ideas on the key findings from a pilot project in the field; and someone else might want to test out a particular theoretical direction or an argument they are trying to shape up for a thesis chapter or conference paper.
  5. e.     Whatever it is, it should NOT be something on which students should spend considerable preparation time or about which they should feel anxious. It is not a test. On the contrary, it is an opportunity for:
  • supportive and constructive discussion (the most positively useful thing for any academic work and a luxury in the context of most schedules), and
  • building confidence and ease in talking about one’s work with others.

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