Activism Across the Political Spectrum: Challenges for Practice, Research and Teaching in the Cultural Heritage Field

Type: Call for Papers

Date: October 12, 2019

Location: United Kingdom

Subject Fields: Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies

Call for Papers for a Panel for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference 2020 at University College London (UK).

We invite proposals for the following panel for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference 2020: Futures (

Date of the Conference: 26 – 30 August 2020

Venue: University College London, London, UK

Submission Deadline for Paper Abstracts: 12 October 2019
Panel Session: Activism Across the Political Spectrum: Challenges for Practice, Research and Teaching in the Cultural Heritage Field

This session examines different types of activism and activist groups across the political spectrum and discusses how the dramatic political shifts and the rise of populist and far-right groups and parties in many countries across the globe have impacted – and keep impacting – the cultural heritage sector. While recent academic literature has primarily focused on the progressive activist potential within the cultural heritage sector, the panel seeks to explore how various activist groups have used cultural heritage sites, museums, or grassroots initiatives to promote their agendas. One of the principal aims of this panel is to understand the shifting dynamics among various actors in the field. A second aim is to explore implications and future challenges for practice and teaching. How should academic disciplines such as critical heritage and museum studies reconsider their curricula and include teaching activist and grassroots strategies alongside academic institutional critique?

We welcome proposals for papers that explore how activists across the political spectrum have managed to turn non-issues into issues. What sort of tactics and respective counter-tactics have activists employed? And how have the wider public, non-institutional initiatives as well as institutional organisations in the field responded, e.g. by rejecting and pro-actively fighting back or by embracing and adopting activists’ agendas? We are interested in a wide range of activist practices across the globe, ranging from local initiatives to global, social media-driven movements. Areas may include—but are not limited to—eco-rights, human rights, civil rights, gender and LGBTQI+ policies, data rights, etc. We welcome cross-disciplinary proposals from individuals at different stages in their careers, including early career researchers, academics and practitioners from a range of methodological and conceptual perspectives.

Abstract Submission: Please send an abstract of 250 words max. for a 15 min. paper presentation (followed by 5 min. Q&A) and your contact details (email address) and affiliation (if any) directly to the panel organiser Dr Annette Loeseke (NYU Berlin) by 12 October 2019:

Please note that the conference fee is 350£ (regular fee) / 290£ (student fee).

Panel Organiser: Dr Annette Loeseke (Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University Berlin)

For any enquiries please contact

Contact Info: Dr Annette Loeseke, Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University, Berlin Campus (Germany)

Contact Email:


CFP: Digital Initiatives Symposium 2020 (San Diego, California – April 28, 2020)

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The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full day conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. We welcome proposals from a wide variety of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

Proposals should fall into one of two formats:

  • Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A); 1-2 speakers.
  • Lightning talks: 10 minutes; limited to one speaker

This year, we are especially interested in proposals from international applicants and/or proposals with international perspectives. We will be welcoming keynote speakers Reggie Raju (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Arianna Becerril-Garcia (Redalyc).

Other relevant topics include:

  • social justice and open access
  • the future of open access
  • data management and sharing; open data
  • Linked data
  • open educational resources
  • curation of digital collections
  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • diverse repository platforms and functions
  • digital humanities
  • copyright, licensing, and privacy issues
  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses
  • scholarly communication
  • technical applications related to platforms or tools
  • web archiving
  • web annotation

Submit your proposal at (Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left sidebar.) Please note:

  • In the interest of providing a rich, face-to-face experience for attendees, virtual / remote presentations and lightning talks will not be accepted.
  • All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive.
  • Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Proposal deadline: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019


CFP: Archives Unleashed Datathon @ Columbia University (March 26-27, 2020)

Invitation to participate in the Archives Unleashed #HackArchives event at Columbia University, New York City.

For those who are interested in web archiving, the Archives Unleashed Project ( will be hosting its fourth datathon event. This event offers an opportunity for participants to work with the Toolkit and web archives at scale. These events have been attended by librarians, archivists, and researchers from a number of fields including history, computer science, digital humanities, journalism studies and beyond.

Please help us share this news by forwarding to any interested parties!
Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation
Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit
Butler Library | Columbia University, New York City
26-27 March 2020

Web Archives
The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.

Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretches across a multitude of fields. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

Archives Unleashed Toolkit
The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with Columbia University Libraries to host our fourth Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event is tailored towards web archives practitioners and researchers. The Archives Unleashed datathon presents an opportunity for librarians, archivists, researchers, computer scientists, and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands on experience.

This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of the Archives Unleashed Toolkit and the Archives Unleashed Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists, and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale. For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit

Sponsors + Travel Grants
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia University Libraries, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, York University Libraries, and Compute Canada.

The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate in this event. These grants can cover up to $1,000 USD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.

Submission Guidelines
Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a short one-page CV to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight (EST) on 1 November 2019. This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale. Applicants will be notified by 12 November 2019.

On behalf of the organizers,
Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo)
Pamela Graham (Columbia University)
Samantha Abrams (Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation)
Alexander Thurman (Columbia University)
Nick Ruest (York University)
Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)
Samantha Fritz (University of Waterloo)