CFP: SEAA/SGA Virtual Summer Symposium

SEAA/SGA Virtual Summer Symposium:  

Navigating the Pitfalls and Possibilities of Contested Collections 

June 23, 2023 

Call for Proposals 

The Southeastern Archives Association and the Society of Georgia Archives are pleased to share a call for proposals for a virtual summer symposium to be held June 23, 2023. The theme is Navigating the Pitfalls and Possibilities of Contested Collections. The program committee invites proposals for presentations that focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with working with collections that document violence and oppression and resistance to that oppression. Potential topics include: 

  • Considerations when acquiring and managing collections that are at risk of political scrutiny and that may be impacted by current legislation 
  • Responding to legislative threats to collections in your repository 
  • Teaching with primary sources–how to approach using collections that document violence, oppression, and resistance, and other sensitive topics in instruction 
  • Outreach and reference for collections that document violence, oppression, and resistance  
  • Practical and ethical considerations for digitization and for collecting born-digital records 
  • Self-care for archivists and students when working with challenging collections 

Tell us a story, but also tell us what you learned. What advice would you give to someone else in the same position? The committee welcomes proposals from anyone involved with archives, including archival staff, new professionals, students, and allied professionals. We encourage potential presenters to consider how their proposed session will support the SGA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The following types of virtual presentations will be considered: 

  • 15 minute presentation (a single presentation by one or more individuals, which the committee will assemble into panels) 
  • 45 minute panel (individual or group presentation that may include a roundtable discussion, interactive discussion, or traditional presentation; OR a complete panel with 3 separate individual presentations) 
  • 5-10 minute lightning talk 

Proposals can be submitted through the online submission form. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31, 2023

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