Presentations as Scholarship

As noted in a post about podcasts, journals and books are not the only forms of scholarship. In the many sites I follow and newsletters I receive, I see great opportunities for engaging others and presenting about research.

To broaden the scope of this blog, I will start posting calls for presentations. Archivists can easily find calls for archives conferences such as SAA as well as state and regional organizations. I am opting to not include those, but instead focus on ones that perhaps do not reach members or are not as publicized.

All presentations require planning, practice, and a lot of work. At most archives conferences, the focus is more on practice and experience. Absolutely, those are also scholarship because of the amount of preparation.

However, there are other opportunities that focus on research, are more in-depth, and/or are highly competitive or selective. For example, SAA’s Research Forum (which I already post about). Similar to calls for journals and books, I will post ones that are opportunities for archivists to engage beyond the archives community. Engaging with others both inside and outside of the profession will increase the value of archival scholarship. 

Look for the first call on Monday!

 

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