Call for Participants and Presentations: SAA Research Forum

Call for Participants and Presentations

Society of American Archivists
2020 Research Forum
“Foundations and Innovations”

Tuesday, August 4 | 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Archivists from around the country and the world will convene at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists in Chicago, August 2-8, 2020. If you’re engaged in research, seeking to identify research-based solutions for your institution, willing to participate in the research cycle by serving as a site for research trials, or simply interested in what’s happening in research and innovation, join us in Chicago for the 14th annual SAA Research Forum: “Foundations and Innovations!”

Researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and the curious across all sectors of archives and records management are invited to participate. Use the Forum to discuss, debate, plan, organize, evaluate, or motivate research projects and initiatives. Here’s your chance to find collaborators or to help inform colleagues about questions and problems that need to be tackled. The Forum features the full spectrum of research activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice—all of interest and value to the archival community.

Call for Platform and Poster Presentations

The 2020 Research Forum will feature a full day of presentations and posters on Tuesday, August 4, from 9am- 5pm. SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or fewer) for 10-minute platform or brief lightning presentations, or participation in the poster session. Topics may address research or innovations in any aspect of archives practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past three years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform, lightning, or poster presentation.

The organizers encourage submissions for the Research Forum that address

1) diversity and inclusion and/or

2) models for collaboration across domains (archives, libraries, galleries, and museums).

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Dr. Nance McGovern (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Dr. Heather Soyka (Kent State University).

Important Dates

Submission form available: February 1 to May 1

Submission deadline: May 1

Notification to submitters: July 1

Deadline for accepted submitters to finalize Abstract and Bio: July 15

Accepted poster presenters upload poster image: August 1

All submitters will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 1 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline). The submission link will be live on http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum from February 1 until the submission deadline on May 1.

Please be sure to include:  Presentation title, your name and affiliation, email address, and whether your proposal is for a platform or poster presentation. Contact organizers prior to the notification deadline (July 1) if you have submitted and determine that you will not be able to attend.

For ideas or to learn more about past Forums, see the 2007-2019 proceedings at http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum.

Questions? Contact the organizers at researchforum@archivists.org – and watch for updates on the Forum’s webpage at http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum.

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