Archives, disrupted. 

The 2017 Association of Canadian Archivists Conference will be held in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.  Not coincidentally, July 1, 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and Ottawa will be the center of many commemorative and lively events.  Confederation was at once Canada’s celebrated beginning, but it was also disruptive to the people and institutions within and without Canada’s borders.  Likewise, the archival endeavour is not immune to disruption, and when confronted with it, archivists and archival institutions may hold fast to their principles and practices; but they may also let go.  Is this anarchy?  No… it’s archives. 

The conference will explore how archivists and archival institutions progress, respond, change and persevere in response to disruptive forces, which may arise from outside or can be self-imposed.  How and why is our profession challenging its past and the status quo?  At the same time, examining the profession’s past with a presentist lens may distort its future.  Conference sessions will explore how the archival endeavour can emerge strengthened and changed from the effects of disruptive forces, and define a new path that is relevant and valuable to its practitioners, institutions, users and stakeholders.


The Call for Submissions deadline was October 2, 2016; session submissions are now closed. A draft Program for ACA 2017 is now available; see the link below.  

Call for Student Papers is now closed; submission deadline was January 13, 2017. 

Call for Posters is now closed; the submission deadline was January 13, 2017. 

The preliminary Conference at a Glance for ACA 2017 in Ottawa is now available.  

Speakers, Chairs and Moderators: Please use the following links to confirm your participation at ACA 2017 in Ottawa:

Please direct any questions to:

April MillerChair, ACA 2017 Conference Program Team

Conference Submissions:

For tips and pointers on how to prepare proposals and a general overview of the conference program development process, click here.  

See What's New and Important Dates for more information on ACA 2017.