Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!
PS: Lots of fellowships, tis the season!

Call for Papers: November 30 deadline!

Interested in Americana and material culture? BU is putting out a call for papers for their March conference, “Beyond Production and Consumption.” They say:

We invite submissions that engage material culture from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and that examine processes of appropriation, transformation, reclamation, or reinvention related to American material culture. The conference seeks to enlarge our understanding of what Arjun Appadurai has identified as “the social life of things,” and to extend the analytical and methodological processes that underpin material culture studies.

Download the submission guidelines here: CFP Beyond Production and Consumption

Get published! “Collecting the Contemporary” Call for papers

COLLECTING THE CONTEMPORARY    Edited by Owain Rhys and Zelda Baveystock

We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

The book will be edited by Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life at St Fagans: National History Museum, Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Teaching Associate at Newcastle University and freelance museums consultant.

Why and how should social history museums engage with contemporary collecting? To fill gaps in the collection? To record modern urban life? To engage with minority communities? To link past and present? There are many possible responses… And many museums collect contemporary objects, stories, images and sounds – consciously or unconsciously. But reasoned policies and procedures are very often lacking. And – given the uniquely detailed record of contemporary life recorded by ubiquitous media – how best are museums to record and present contemporary life in their collections?

An overview of contemporary collecting in a social historical context is well overdue. Original source material, ideas, developments and research has never before been brought together in a single volume. This book will bring together practitioners from around the world to provide a contemporary and convenient reader which aims to lay the foundations for future initiatives.

We welcome submissions – of between 3000 and 5000 words – on the practice, theory and history of contemporary collecting in social history museums, based on – but not confined to – the following issues and themes. We are particularly interested in new and pioneering initiatives and innovative thinking in this field.


  • Projects (including community outreach, externally funded collection programmes, projects with specific goals)
  • Exhibitions (including popular culture, contemporary political issues, under-represented groups
  • Networks – including SAMDOK and other initiatives
  • Fieldwork and contemporary collecting
  • Adopting a scientific approach to contemporary collecting
  • Audio-visual recording
  • The influence of the internet, how to collect, and associated museological issues
  • Contemporary collecting and contemporary issues
  • Access, storage and conservation issues


  • What to collect?
  • How to collect?
  • Who should collect?
  • Community involvement – advantages and disadvantages
  • Contemporary collecting – key priority or passing fad?
  • Definitions of contemporary collecting
  • Should contemporary collecting be object or people based?
  • Alternatives to the accepted norms
  • The case for nationally or regionally co-ordinated policies
  • The impact of social and digital media for the future of contemporary collecting





  • Origins and development of contemporary collecting
  • Differences between institutions and countries (e.g. Sweden’s ethnological approach v. Britain’s social history approach)

The editors

Owain Rhys has recently published Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice with MuseumsEtc. This book gathered together disparate strands of contemporary collecting theory and history, and provided an insight into current practices at St Fagans: National History Museum. Owain is interested in formalising definitions and procedures, and in strengthening the bonds between those museums involved in contemporary collecting.

Zelda Baveystock has a longstanding interest in contemporary collecting. As the first Keeper of Contemporary Collecting at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, she established a subject specialist network of urban history museums actively involved in the field in 2004. She has lectured and taught on the subject in the UK, and in Sweden.


If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography to both the editors and the publishers at the following addresses: owain.rhys@museumwales.ac.uk, zelda.baveystock@ncl.ac.uk and books@museumsetc.com by 10 December 2012. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.

The book will be published in print and digital editions by MuseumsEtc in 2013.






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Here and There: Never Too Old For February Vacation

Before I moved to Massachusetts, I had never heard of February vacation week. Do you feel as cheated as I do? Make up for lost time by joining in on one of these events on February 22.

Here: First, get yourself to the MIT Museum from 10-noon for the straw rocket challenge presented by the MIT Rocket Team. That just sounds cool.

There: Next, hurry to the Old State House before 4pm for the 18th Century Portraits program. Learn appropriate poses before using their backdrops and props to live out the dream of starring in your very own portrait. (It’s not just my dream, right?)

Visit the MIT Museum and Old State House for more information. Anyone who produces photographic evidence of themselves building a rocket and then posing in an 18th century portrait in the same day will be my hero.

AASLH Spring Workshops

AASLH does workshops all over the country, and we’re lucky enough to have a terrific one right in our backyard this spring, and the other a short train ride away.

(They also have a great emerging professional scholarship program that you could use to attend one of these workshops. The catch is that the deadline has passed for this year’s applications, BUT you should keep it in mind for next year. Info at the bottom of this page.)

Here’s their text:

Museum Education 101
Dates: March 15-16, 2012
Location: Historic New England, Otis House, Boston, MA
Through interactive activities, hands-on training, and case studies, participants will learn about volunteer management, docent training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, and online education. Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their institutions to adapt and use.
Cost: $280 members/$355 nonmembers
$20 discount if payment received by February 10

Historic House Museum Issues and Operations
Dates: March 22-23, 2012
Location: Decatur House and Octagon House, Washington, DC
This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretative tours, volunteers and building and landscape maintenance.
Cost: $250 members/$325 nonmembers
$20 discount if payment is received by February 17