Welcome to Museum Utopias


Tuesday 27 March and
Wednesday 28 March 2012

A two-day interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Welcome to the website for Museum Utopias, the 2012 Symposium for museum researchers, students and practitioners, organised by the PhD community at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

This Symposium seeks to re-imagine museal theory and practice through the lens of Utopia. We invite you to step into the Otherworld as we consider how the museum shapes and is shaped by the concept of Utopia in its past, present and future incarnations.

Museum Utopias is sponsored by Hanwell Instruments Ltd (part of the IMC Group Ltd) and will be hosted by the School of Museum Studies on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March 2012.

Latest News

  • 24 February 2012: Our generous sponsors, Hanwell Instruments Ltd, will be running a special competition at the Symposium in which you can win a Red Letter Day voucher worth £200! Further details to follow at the Symposium itself.
  • 31 January 2012: Another opportunity to win a free place to attend the Museum Utopias in March is available now! Get the details here.
  • 31 January 2012: Details of our highly anticipated Conference Programme are available now!
  • Top News! The deadline for our four Travel Bursaries (worth £200 each) has been extended till 31 January 2012.
  • 16 January 2012: Today is the last day to take advantage of our £200 Travel Bursaries. Don't forget you can send your application in by email as well as post!
  • 8 December 2011: The deadline for our Early Bird Fees has been extended till 31 December 2011. The new Symposium booking form is available here.
  • 15 November 2011: The call for papers has now closed.
  • 3 November 2011: You can now book your place for Museum Utopias!  Book before 14 December 2011 to take advantage of Early Bird Fees.  If you are a full-time PhD student you might also be eligible to apply for one of 4 travel bursaries of £200 each.  Travel Bursaries has all the details of the selection criteria and an application form.
  • 19 September 2011: The call for papers has now been published.

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For general enquiries, please cotact Da Kong or Julia Petrov:


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University of Leicester
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