UnSettled: Redefining Archival Power
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.
FORMAT: To facilitate broader access, ACA 2022 will be a hybrid conference with sessions offered in-person (according to public health guidelines), as well as online.
Use the “Call for Submissions” button on the ACA website at or by using this form here.
The deadline for these proposals is: October 31, 2021 end of day PT
A separate call for workshop proposals will be sent out with the opportunity to facilitate professional development in advance of the conference, during the conference and following the conference.
Note: Please be advised there will be an additional Call for Student Papers as well as a Call for Posters later this year, with submission deadlines early in 2022. Those papers selected for the new voices (student session) will be eligible for funding.
Please feel free to direct questions to:
Chair, ACA 2022 Conference Program Team
Rare Books & Special Collections
1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z1
The Association of Canadian Archivists recognizes that equity is critical to developing a talented, capable and supportive profession. We are committed to creating an environment, both within the ACA and the broader archives and recordkeeping profession, that attracts, develops and retains individuals that better reflect the communities we serve. Please see hereto read more about the work being undertaken to make all activities of the Association more accessible and equitable.
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