CFP: Professional Development Panel or Workshop, SSA

The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) Professional Development Committee (PDC) is accepting proposals for a virtual workshop series or panel presentation to be held starting early May 2023.**

**Please note that this call for proposal is not for the 2023 SSA Pre-Conference Workshop selection process.

Workshop/panel topics can cover any aspect of the archival enterprise (including analog, digital, and records management.) Such topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital archives and applications of technology
  • GIS mapping
  • Environmental controls for archival materials
  • Rare books for archivists
  • Social Media and marketing in Archives
  • Project Management for archivists
  • Advocating for yourself in the workplace
  • Digital Humanities
  • Archival Management
  • Copyright in Archives
  • Diversity in the Profession
  • Oral histories


Timeframe: 60 to 90 minutes

Should include: Objectives and learning outcomes for the session, target audience, technical requirements, prerequisite knowledge or experience, time expectation.

Panels Presentations

Timeframe: 60 minutes, including Q&A

The PDC is open to review any new and innovative initiatives and conceptual work (completed or under development) for training and professional development sessions with consideration to diversity and inclusion.

We strongly encourage panel/presentation sessions that address topics from multiple perspectives and institutions.

Proposals should address the target audience, an explanation of hands-on/interactive components, and the learning objectives and outcomes for attendees to come away with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be applied to the field of archives.

Proposals are due by midnight on Thursday, March 16, 2023, and must be submitted using the following form.

The PDC highly encourages co-presenters, first-time presenters, early-career professionals, lone arrangers, current graduate students, community members who work with archival (analog and digital) materials in less traditional or unconventional settings to apply.

For any questions, please contact the SSA Professional Development Committee at submit proposals using the SSA Professional Development Call for Proposals form.

Call for speakers: ArchivesSpace Virtual Member Forum

Dear ArchivesSpace Users,

Mark your calendars for this year’s Virtual Member Forum!

Taking place April 4-5, 2023, our Virtual Member Forum will be a two-day event spanning a variety of time zones and ArchivesSpace experience levels. A schedule and information about how to register for the event will be released closer to the forum.

We are now accepting session proposals via our online form at We will be reviewing proposals on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to get your proposals in early.  Submissions will be closed on March 24, 2023, with final notification by March 27, 2023. 

The ArchivesSpace program team is particularly interested in presentations or facilitated discussions related to the following topics:

  • Demonstrations of workflows using different modules or features of the application
  • Managing digital objects in ArchivesSpace
  • Developing local training and documentation
  • Workflows and tips for editing existing records in ArchivesSpace or other data cleanup projects
  • Examples of anti-racism, anti-colonialism and redescription work being executed in ArchivesSpace
  • Demonstrations of plugins or tools you’ve developed to make your work in ArchivesSpace easier

The forum will include a mix of opportunities to share and learn from each other about many different aspects of ArchivesSpace and all presenter submissions are welcome. We anticipate recording many parts of the forum, but for it to be a success we will also need as many live participants as possible. We encourage you to dip in and out of the live program as much as you can. You will no doubt “meet” a different set of colleagues each time.

This year’s Virtual Member Forum is the successor to the Online Forums we held in previous years. To better support our member community and recognize their direct contributions to the development and sustainability of the ArchivesSpace application, registration for this year’s event is open to users from ArchivesSpace member organizations only. 

Going forward, we plan to make the Virtual Member Forum an online complement to our in-person Annual Member Forum, one of the many benefits of ArchivesSpace membership. This change will give even more members than before the opportunity to participate in a forum, no matter where they live or their capacity for attending events in person in a given year. If you are interested in learning more about ArchivesSpace membership for your organization, feel free to email us at

Thank you for considering submitting a proposal. We’re looking forward to a great event, with your help!

CFP: Hidden Worlds: Histories of Disability Things and Material Culture

This call does not specifically mention archives, but considering the increased effort to preserve disability history in archives, some might find it of interest.

We are inviting submissions for a hybrid (online and in-person) workshop Hidden Worlds: Histories of Disability Things and Material Culture, taking place in September 2023. Abstracts are due May 1 2023.

Hidden Worlds: Histories of Disability Things and Material Culture

For over two decades, historians of disability have called for greater engagement with material culture (Katherine Ott, David Serlin, and Stephen Mihm). Responding to this call, they have extensively examined prosthetics and wheelchairs, focusing on the processes of rehabilitation and design. Recently, the Crip Technoscience Manifesto (Aimi Hamraie and Kelly Fritsch) has encouraged historians to consider how disabled people have played more active roles in hacking, tinkering and re-purposing the material artifacts that have animated their everyday lives. The focus on disability things (Katherine Ott) is a strategic attempt to centre how users lived with these ‘things’ and to broaden what historians usually consider as technologies. We want to encourage papers to think critically about the artefacts that have constituted the everyday lives of disabled people, and to explore conventional disability technologies in new and creative ways. 

Topics may address, but need not be limited to, the following broad themes: 

  • Tinkering architecture to build accessible worlds   
  • Assistive and Health Technologies (including resistance and non-use)    
  • Re-purposed/modified mundane artefacts (anything from beds to Tupperware)   
  • Improvised, bespoke solutions  
  • Tacit and embodied knowledge   
  • Negotiations, power and social hierarchies   
  • Diverse roles of disabled people throughout a technology’s life cycle.   

Practical Details  

Titles and abstracts (300 words maximum) as well as general queries should be addressed to Neil Pemberton ( and Beck Heslop ( by May 1 2023. Accommodation and travel costs for invited participants will be covered by the organisers.  

We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible and welcome any suggestions for how we might achieve this.  

The hybrid workshop will be based at the University of Manchester (UK) on Wed 13th-15th September 2023. 

Call for 2023 Graduate Student Program Proposals

The application has opened for Graduate Student Program Proposals for the 2023 Joint Annual Meeting. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. This call encompasses proposals for sessions – presentations or posters – to be presented during the hybrid meeting.

Graduate Student Presentation

The work of three current archives students and/or SAA student chapters will be selected for presentation. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes to present a paper. Be creative! Proposals from individual students as well as SAA student chapter groups will be considered. Proposals may relate to the student’s applied or theoretical research, research about the archives profession itself, or even practical/internship experiences. Student chapters may consider presenting on projects or initiatives conducted in the current term (Fall 2022 through Summer 2023). Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted.

Graduate Student Poster

The 23rd annual Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and SAA Student Chapters. All posters will be presented in-person and virtually in PDF format. More information about preparing posters will be shared upon acceptance. Posters will be available to all meeting attendees throughout the week of the conference and in the virtual platform. 

To submit a paper or poster proposal, please complete the proposal form no later than March 15

Learn more and submit.

Call for Papers EXTENDED: “Book: Re-imagined and Re-born”

On 29 -30 May 2023, Canada’s bibliographical and book studies community will gather for the Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for our first in-person conference since 2019. 

The third decade of the twenty-first century has ushered in unprecedented and challenging events. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Black Lives Matters movement, alongside escalating climate emergencies, have brought home the urgent need for collective action in support of racial and climate justice. Against this backdrop, our conference theme invites you to explore and reflect critically on the past, present, and future of the book. We invite submissions that pertain, but are not limited, to: 

  • Revisions in bibliography and book history as reflections of decoloniality, anti-racism, and social justice 
  • Traditions, innovations, and responses to societal challenges in the practice of bibliography, book history, and special collections curation 
  • Books and print media as vehicles for inclusion, participation, and belonging 
  • Material and digital cultures of the book in relation to climate change, sustainability, and post-industrial technology-driven society 
  • Book creation, production, consumption, and collecting in personal, social, and institutional contexts 
  • Human interactions with books and print media and their diversity
  •  Partnering and collaboration beyond the book: galleries, libraries, archives and museums in partnership with custodians of aural, visual and other forms of knowledge 

Congress 2023 will be held at York University. Many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which their campuses are located that precede the establishment of the University. The area known as Tkaronto has been taken care of by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. 

Please submit a 250-word abstract proposal and brief biography in English or French (including your full name, professional designation, institutional affiliation, or place) no later than 28 February 2023 to

Du 29 au 30 mai 2023, la communauté bibliographique et des études du livre du Canada se réunira pour la Conférence annuelle de la Société bibliographique du Canada au sein du Congrès des sciences humaines et sociales, la première en personne depuis 2019. 

La troisième décennie du XXIe siècle a apporté des bouleversement et défis sans précédent. La Commission vérité et réconciliation, le mouvement Black Lives Matters, ainsi que l’accélération des changements climatiques, ont mis en évidence le besoin urgent d’une action collective pour la justice raciale et climatique. Dans ce contexte, le thème de notre conférence vous invite à explorer et à réfléchir de manière critique sur le passé, le présent et l’avenir du livre. Nous invitons des propositions de communications qui abordent, mais ne sont pas limitées, à : 

  • La révision en bibliographie et de l’histoire du livre pour refléter la décolonisation, l’antiracisme et la justice sociale 
  • Tradition, innovation et réponses aux défis sociétaux dans la pratique de la bibliographie, de l’histoire du livre et des collections spéciales 
  • Le livre et l’imprimé comme les vecteurs d’inclusion, de participation et d’appartenance 
  • Cultures du livre matériel et numérique en relation du changement climatique, l’avenir durable et la société post-industrielle axée sur la technologie 
  • Création, production, consommation et collection des livres dans des contextes personnels, sociaux et institutionnels 
  • Interactions entre la personne et le livre et l’imprimé et leur diversité 
  • Partenariat et collaboration au-delà du livre : galeries, bibliothèques, archives et musées en partenariat avec des gardiens de connaissances auditives, visuelles et autres 

Le Congrès 2023 se tiendra à l’Université York. De nombreuses nations autochtones entretiennent des relations de longue date et qui précèdent la création de l’Université avec les territoires sur lesquels se trouvent ses campus. Le territoire connu sous le nom de Tkaronto a été objet des soins de la Nation Anishinabek, la Confédération Haudenosaunee et les Hurons-Wendat. Il abrite maintenant de nombreuses communautés des Premières nations, inuites et métisses. Nous reconnaissons les titulaires actuels du traité, la première Nation des Mississaugas de Credit. Ce territoire est soumis au traité de la ceinture wampum (« Dish with One Spoon »), entente définissant le partage et la préservation pacifiques de la région des Grands Lacs. 

Veuillez soumettre un résumé de 250 mots et une courte biographie en anglais ou en français (y compris votre nom complet, titre professionnel, institution ou affiliation) au plus tard le 28 fevrier 2023 à

CFP: Imperial Lives Conference

Extended deadline for Call for Papers:
NEW: February 12th, 2023

Date: 30.-31.3.2023

Place: Online
For reasons of greater accessibility and sustainability, the conference will be held completely online.

After years of struggle, deflection, and hesitation, ethnographic museums are increasingly accepting the need for decolonization. Often, this is framed in terms of diversity and empowerment and with a special focus on creator communities and their diaspora. We agree: the victims of imperial violence and their descendants need to be at the centre of any fruitful decolonization process.

However, this leaves a momentous gap: what about the creators of the museum, the collectors who often violently amassed the collections, as well as those who are implicated in their legacy today? Whose acts of perpetration, violence, transgression, betrayal, superiority, exploitation, and misunderstanding lie at the foundation of the museum? When it comes to the actors in question and their agency, what prevails is often absence or a retreat into abstraction, both in academia and the museum.

The “Imperial Lives” conference wants to widen this perspective and offer a complementary approach: it aims at exploring ways of overcoming this colonial aphasia by focussing on the concrete, often messy biographies behind the institution “ethnographic museum”. We propose that the encounter with the personified past of empire – the biographies of imperial collectors – creates a space of unsettlement in which the personal implication of all members of a post-imperial democratic society can be explored and collective memory transformed.

Ethnographic museums, as one of the most visible sites of imperial continuity, offer an exemplary field for the exploration of imperial perpetration and implication that goes beyond the bounds of anthropology – especially when it comes to the interaction with broader audiences. This is why the conference will focus on both research and narration, inviting transdisciplinary perspectives from history, cultural, and literary studies as well as artistic, journalistic and activist practices.

We call for contributions addressing issues of biographic knowledge generation and representation, including questions such as:

How can biographic approaches to the legacy of empire contribute to the decolonisation of ethnographic museums?
What may be the archival foundation for biographic approaches to the imperial past? How can imperial personas be portrayed if the only archival material available was produced by themselves? What is the role of ethnographic collections as archives?
What kind of biographies are suited for such decolonial biographic research?
Who should be doing this research? How does the personal situatedness of the researcher affect the outcome?
What forms of representation, what narrative strategies should be used to depict imperial biographies?
With museums as the sites of a society’s collective memory: Which narrative approaches are fruitful contributions to the “work of remembrance”?
What is the relationship between historical factuality and biographic fiction, especially concerning the archival inequalities of empire?
In how far can artistic research and practice enrich modes of biographic display?

Conference language: English

There will be a recording of all papers, keynotes, and panels.

We are inviting scholars from the fields of:

ethnography, anthropology, literary studies, historical science, cultural studies, museology, art history, arts (e.g. fine arts, film, literature etc.), provenance research, journalism.


Please hand in your abstract of max. 500 words (in English, + short bio) until 2023/02/12 via:

For any questions, feel free to get in touch via

Call for Presenters: Annual Meeting for SMA

The Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) invites submissions of session proposals for the 2023 Annual Meeting, especially those based on the theme “You Are Here: Plotting New Pathways.” The theme can be broadly interpreted, and relevant topics of discussion might include (but certainly are not limited to) innovative approaches to archives, special collections, museums, and public history:

• Advocacy and outreach
• Archival education and training
• Archival management and labor
• Collaborative/community archives
• Collection processing
• Digital humanities
• Digitization• Disaster preparedness and climate change
• Exhibit design and execution
• Recruitment and retention of archival workers
• Reference and instruction
• Role of the archivist
• Social justice and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access initiatives
• Strategic planning and long-term goals

Submission Guidelines
This call is open to SMA members, non-members, and students. Please share your proposal in roughly 250 words. Proposals are not restricted to the conference theme, and all proposals related to archives will be considered. Proposals are due no later than February 15, 2023. Please submit proposals at

Annual Meeting Details
The SMA Board of Directors are planning for a hybrid conference where attendees and presenters can participate in the manner that they feel most comfortable. In-person presentations and meetings will take place at Mississippi State University Libraries April 20-21. Schedule and lodging information are forthcoming. All plans are subject to change.

CFP: Best Practices Exchange

Submit your proposal via this short form ( by Monday March 6, 2023.

Our theme this year is The Future of Digital Preservation. What are you excited or concerned about? What are you doing now to prepare for future challenges or opportunities? What about our current professional practices should we take forward into the future and what isn’t working that should be left behind?

Proposals can be in a variety of formats and may focus on any aspect of the future, things like (but certainly not limited to) technology, funding, environmental impact and sustainability, ethics, computational archives and archives as data, or the trend towards outsourcing and working with vendors. We also encourage proposals related to any subject of interest to you, even if they are not directly related to the theme.

A strong proposal for BPE is one that is based on real-world examples and experiences, honestly and openly examines successes and failures, includes practical take-ways, and encourages active participation from attendees. We also invite you to be creative about the format of your proposal.

To connect with others about potential proposals: BPE Proposals Brainstorming Spreadsheet

Call for MAC Poster Presentations

The Midwest Archives Conference will convene for its annual meeting April 13-15, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2023 Program Committee invites poster proposal submissions on all aspects of archival practice and research, as well as from allied and related fields. The Program Committee seeks a diverse slate of presenters representing a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We seek to foster a culture of inclusion in the MAC program and encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions. MAC membership is not required to present. 

To submit a proposal, please fill out the Google Form ( Proposals are due February 3, 2023 (deadline extended). Poster presentations will be onsite only. For complete details, visit the Call for Poster Proposals page on the MAC website.

CFP: Empire and material culture

The Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies ( is seeking a few papers on any aspect of empire and material culture (with a slight preference for papers exploring museum collections, cultures of collecting, etc.) to be included in the program of its 2023 world congress in Singapore (19-22 June). These papers will join panels that have already been formed.  The theme of the congress is “Comparative Empire: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, 1750-1914.” While remote participation may be possible, we would be especially interested in presenters who are able to join us in person. To learn more about the work of the Society and its congress, please visit: and

The deadline for submissions has already passed. Therefore, proposals will be considered on a first-come, first served basis.