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4-5 November 2014

School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

A two-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted by the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, in partnership with the Migration Museum Project.

Museums Alive! 2014 seeks to explore the notion of museums as living organisms. Museums, like living beings, do not live in isolation; rather, they are embedded in complex ecosystems.

Museums are occupied and given life by people. They are constantly evolving, directly affected by the changes around them, as well as effecting and acting as catalysts for change.

Multiple questions emerge from this context. Museums Alive! — Exploring how museums behave like living beings, organised in partnership with the Migration Museum Project, will be the sixth conference developed by the PhD community at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, and follows last year's highly successful Museum Metamorphosis conference.

The conference programme is still being organised. One event already scheduled takes place on the day before the conference itself:

Leicester Walking Tour

Monday 3 November 2014

Photograph © Kajal Nisha Patel. From the series: Trade

 

Join photographer Kajal Nisha Patel for an alternative walking tour that explores Leicester’s rich migration heritage. Patel’s photographic work is intimately connected to her identity as an Indian woman living in Britain. She focuses on evolving cultural landscapes whilst observing the influences and effects of economic migration. She is in the process of creating a detailed visual record of the British South Asian experience, as individuals affirm new identities and strategically learn to exist in two worlds. Her work also features in the 100 Stories of Migration exhibition, 23 June 2014 – February 2015 at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

To learn more about Kajal Nisha Patel, please follow her on Twitter.

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