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Submissions for ACA 2022 are currently being evaluated by the Program Team.  Thank you for your submissions.

See the original call here.

Letters will be sent out by mid-December, 2021.

Professional Development Committee: Call for Workshop Proposals

See link here to the submission form.

Deadline:  December 15, 2021

Emerging Voices, New Ideas.  

Student panel submission form - ACA 2022 UnSettled: Redefining Archival Power

DEADLINE:  January 17, 2022

City: Vancouver

Dates: June 15 – 18, 2022 at the University of British Columbia

Format:  Hybrid, in-person and online depending on Public Health Guidelines

Are you an archives or information studies student member undertaking research on archival work with a fresh set of eyes, challenging paradigms or integrating and examining new directions in archival practice?   Do you have work, or a paper, you would like to share with your professional community? Do you want to build your skills in public speaking and participate in a rich exchange of ideas?

Three submissions from this call will be selected by the Program Team for funding. Successful applicants who are ACA student members will receive a monetary award and complimentary conference registration. Submissions not selected for the awarded session will be considered for the general program.  This year’s conference program hopes to shine a spotlight on emerging voices and new ideas, The ACA 2022 Program Team wants to hear from you!

We are interested in all topics, however please consider the original call for papers: Archives are changing and transforming!

Archives are repositories that help shape public and community memory.  Traditional archival theory has upheld control of the historical record by colonial institutions, western perspectives, and whiteness. This power has been used to marginalize, other, undervalue, and erase  diversity within the archive and public memory. As a result, colonial  institutions have perpetuated their own biases against non-western  worldviews to mobilize public memory in support of ongoing colonization.

Today, archives are used to empower, fill gaps, educate, and celebrate the  voices and perspectives of those traditionally barred from this work.  Transformative practice allows us to rethink traditional western theory,  forge a path of solidarity, and uphold our work based on collective  values in regards to archival work. The power of archives and memory  keeping is evolving into something new. UnSettled hopes to shine a  spotlight on the many ways the profession is redefining archives and  archival work.

We welcome proposals in all formats, consider:  individual traditional papers, panel sessions, full sessions,  round-tables, or feel free to suggest something new! We encourage  participation from all individuals and organizations involved in memory  work, including students, new professionals and community archivists.  Our goal is to hear from a variety of perspectives.

Suggested Topics:

  • Implementation of TRC Calls to Action, Reconciliation, BLM, #MeToo, Idle No More, Stop Asian Hate, etc.
  • Archives actively taking a stance on anti-racist, feminist, decolonial practices and confronting systemic injustices
  • Examples of community engagement related to diverse structures of organizing  archives (e.g., grassroots and community-led archives, published history  initiatives, memoir writing, oral history projects, etc.)
  • Archives embracing ways of knowing that are new to western archival theory (e.g., culturally appropriate memory keeping)
  • Archivists who have faced institutional barriers
  • Data Sovereignty
  • Re-examinations of archival education and/or theory
  • How archival practices are continuing, growing, adapting, or reframing to work within new paradigms

Krisztina Laszlo

Chair, ACA 2022 Conference Program Team

See the link here to complete your submission.

Please feel free to direct questions to:  

Krisztina Laszlo

Chair, ACA 2022 Conference Program Team



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