This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the social, cultural and economic context of temporary exhibitions in and about Australia across three centuries. Temporary exhibitions, including colonial and international exhibitions, agricultural, art and home shows, and lifestyle and trade displays, have been a key feature of Australian urban life. How has Australia represented itself for internal and external consumption? How have exhibitions influenced the ways that Australians have seen themselves, and how have international networks been established and maintained? What do studies of exhibitions reveal about changing patterns of production, consumption and leisure in Australia? How have exhibitions influenced design, visual culture, and the transfer of technology? How have key exhibitions maintained a lasting place in the architecture, social memory and history of Australian cities, and how have they been celebrated in literary and creative works? Papers are invited on these and related topics.
The conference 19-20 October 2006, will be at Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia. It is supported by The Australian Centre, and the Department of History,University of Melbourne, The National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University, Museum Victoria, and The Heritage Council of Victoria.
Abstracts of proposed papers (150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June. Acceptances will be announced by 30 June, and it is intended that papers will be published electronically after the conference.
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