Conference watch

February 3, 2006

* February is a good month for academics who are interested in the arts. With January being the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, there are several conferences related to the great composer. They include Rethinking Mozart , organised by the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, to be held in Brussels. It will look at Mozart's position in the tradition of music theory.

Royal Conservatory of Brussels, February 24-25.

* Museums are the theme of the Material Culture, Identities and Inclusion conference at Leicester University. This includes a discussion of the history of museums and a keynote address by Richard Sandell, deputy head of the department of museum studies at Leicester, on museums that have as their main purpose combating prejudice and working to build understanding between different communities. It runs from February 9-10.

* For those who prefer literature, Scotland's Transatlantic Relations Project is organising a conference on Latin American and Caribbean writing.

Writing the Other America: Comparative Approaches to Caribbean and Latin American Literature is being held at Warwick University on February 25.

* The public's appetite for history is the theme of the Institute of Historical Research's History and the Public conference. Speakers include the National Gallery's Charles Saumarez-Smith, who will talk about art history. It is being held at the University of London, February13-14.

* And for scientists, there's the American Association for the Advancement of Science 's annual jamboree, which takes place February 16-20 in St Louis, Missouri.

Speakers at the conference will include world poverty guru Jeffrey Sachs, of Columbia University.

See www.aaas.org for more details.

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