Call for Chapters: Digital Heritage in Cultural Conflicts

The DigiCONFLICT international Research Consortium are seeking proposals for chapter contributions to an academic, peer-reviewed, edited volume on uses and abuses of digital heritage in the context of socially and politically charged cultural conflicts.

DigiCONFLICT is a Research Consortium funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage. Its founding research partners are based in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Sweden, each exploring the impact of digital heritage in nationally framed cultural conflicts. While acknowledging the role digitalization plays in shaping transnational attitudes to cultural heritage, members of the DigiCONFLICT Research Consortium contest common convictions about the allegedly universal and democratic nature of digital heritage. Also recognizing the role digital heritage plays in increasing access to cultural heritage and in making cultural heritage products readily available across borders, they pay particular attention to the ways in which digital heritage reflects and frames given societies as well as their complex historical and cultural power structures.

Investigating how different professional, ethnic, national, civil and other interest groups anywhere in the world employ digital heritage to advance their agendas, we are interested in receiving empirically as well as theoretically underpinned chapter proposals on subjects, themes, and case studies related, but not limited, to questions such as:

  • How does specifically national politics affect digital definitions and the scope of what counts as cultural heritage?
  • How do transitions of in/tangible forms of cultural heritage into digital formats and displays affect public engagement with them?
  • How is the scope and value of cultural heritage being negotiated in diverse culturally, socially and politically charged digital contexts?
  • How do individuals and/or interest groups use and engage with digital heritage to resist acts of social, political, or cultural oppression/repression.
  • How do individuals or interest groups engage with digital heritage to enhance, modify, or contest forms of intergenerational communication about history and past experiences.

Members of the DigiCONFLICT Research Consortium take specific interest in multimedia museums, oral history, and photography as the most common media employed in the creation and dissemination of digital heritage. Nevertheless, keen to expand as well as delve deeper into this range of interests, we equally welcome chapter proposals on these and any other media and practices.

The volume editors will be the Consortium’s founding partners: Gil Pasternak (DigiCONFLICT Project Leader and UK Team Principal Investigator), Ewa Manikowska (Polish Team Principal Investigator), and Malin Thor Tureby (Swedish Team Principal Investigator). It will be published with a well-recognized, academic publisher, and it is intended that the book/chapters will be Open Access.

While preparing your proposal, you may want to know that each chapter in the edited volume will ideally range between 7,500 and 8,000 words (including notes and references/bibliography).

In addition, the proposals should not exceed 500 words while clearly identifying the subject and main argument of the intended contribution, and indicating with as much specificity as possible what primary sources are going to inform the discussion (for example, interviews, archival research, participant observations, digital ethnography etc).

A list of up to 5 keywords and a short bibliography of relevance to your proposal may also be included in the submission (i.e. beyond the 500 words already allocated).

All chapter proposals must be written in English, and should be sent to by the 7th of June 2019.

Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you.

DigiCONFLICT | Research Consortium

Gil Pasternak, Project Leader and UK Team Principal Investigator
Ewa Manikowska, Polish Team Principal Investigator
Malin Thor Tureby, Swedish Team Principal Investigator

Contact Info:
For any queries please contact Dr Gil Pasternak
Contact Email:

CFP: Information Studies, Race and Racism (second call)

Guest Editors:
Melissa Villa-Nicholas
Latesha Velez


As Safiya Noble asserts in her seminal work Algorithms of Oppression “The cultural practices of our society…are part of the ways in which race-neutral narratives have increased investments in Whiteness” (p. 59). There is a need to disrupt these race-neutral narratives in Information Studies research and there is a growing body of work that does just that by re-orienting Information Studies research to centralize discussions of race and racism. Many researchers also use critical theories to help analyze their findings or are offering counter-narratives highlighting minoritized actors (such as women and people of color). Re-centering Information Studies by contextualizing it within an analysis of how race and racism affects our field changes what we think we know, and our understandings about Information Studies. Only when these alternate narratives are integrated into the fabric of Information Studies research can Information Studies begin interrogating the long held beliefs in our field.

We are intentionally casting a wide net and invite authors from a broad range of professional and academic backgrounds to contribute to this special issue of Open Information Science journal. We are asking for submissions that centralize the theme of Information Studies, race and racism, in order to evolve the field into a more critical theoretical foundation that moves away from colorblind ideology and narratives of neutrality, which only serve to disguise the ubiquity of whiteness.

The scope of this issue might include, but is not limited to, research on:

  • Anti-racism methods in Information Studies
  • Critical Race Theory and Information Studies
  • Deconstructing ‘colorblindness’ in Information Studies and/or information institutions
  • Intersectional analysis of Information Studies (race and : gender, sexuality, class, disability and ableism, indigeneity,
  • Classifications, cataloging, and taxonomies
  • Analysis of whiteness and information organizations, information institutions, or applications of whiteness studies to Information Studies
  • How notions of race and racism affect our we conceptualize and teach information literacy
  • Contemporary or historical debates around race and/or racism in information institutions (Libraries, Archives, Museums, special collections, business, education, labor, Silicon Valley, Government, incarceration)
  • Big Data, race and racism
  • Race and racism as it relates to knowledge organization
  • Anti racism or applications of an analysis of racism of Information Studies in non-Western and/or non U.S. contexts
  • Information, surveillance, and racism

How to Submit

Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: and submit their contribution.

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Information Science’s high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editors or Managing Editor (

As an author of Open Information Science you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

The deadline is June, the 30th, 2019.

Contact Info:
In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editors or Managing Editor (

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CFP: Journal of Archival Organization – special issue on “Archives and Artifacts”

Archivists manage artifacts in a variety of situations – plaques and memorabilia found in personal papers; models, material samples, and mockups in architectural and industrial design collections; academic and business archives with significant artifactual holdings; or even hybrid archives-museum collections. This special issue will feature articles and case studies relating to the arrangement and description of artifacts in archives. We hope to encourage wider sharing of information between archivists who manage artifacts, and to spur dialogue that will hopefully lead to professional best practices.

We invite papers on any aspect of the archival organization of artifacts. Contributions might cover the following themes:

  • Impacts on processing planning and workflows
  • Integrating processing of artifacts with processing of manuscript material
  • Costs associated with arranging, describing, and storing artifacts
  • Minimum, added-value, and optimal description for artifacts
  • Artifact description and arrangement practices to maximize use/discovery by curators, researchers, and other users
  • Archival management systems and tools used to manage data about artifacts in an archival setting
  • Commonalities between the archives and museum profession in arrangement and description

We are particularly interested in exploring approaches to managing data about artifacts. Questions include: If extant archival systems do not meet our management needs for artifacts, how can we address these system limitations? What tools have archivists adopted or developed to manage data about artifacts? What can archivists learn from museum professionals about managing data about artifacts?  Can item-level processing of artifacts be usefully (and practically) integrated into the container- or folder-level processing usually applied to manuscript material, and if so, how?


Papers may be original research articles or case studies. Submissions will be peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees. Please refer to the Journal of Archival Organization Instructions for Authors:…

The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2019.

Prospective authors are invited to contact the Guest Editors, Michele Combs and John Nemmers, in order to discuss submissions for this special issue which is scheduled for publication in December 2019:

Michele Combs
Lead Archivist, Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University, 315-443-2081

John Nemmers
Associate Chair, Special & Area Studies Collections
University of Florida, 352-273-2766

The Journal of Archival Organization is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research relating to all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials. For more information about the Journal of Archival Organization and examples of recent articles published in the journal:

Call for Proposals: SAA’s Archival Futures Series

I heard about this new series at SAA last year. It is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to write something longer than an article but shorter than a typical book. Also, you can write about anything!

As a former member of SAA’s Publications Board, I highly encourage you to contact the editors with any questions you have. They want good proposals, and also want to help you create good proposals. So don’t be shy and reach out if you have ideas!


Archival Futures explores a wide range of society and technology-focused topics (see list below). Proposals should include the following:

  • the theme, purpose, and scope
  • the main argument or premise
  • the estimated length
  • the proposed format and an annotated outline or table of contents
  • the intended audience and the potential market (especially potential for an audience outside of the archives profession or affiliated professions)
  • the prospective value to the archives profession
  • the relationship of the proposed publication to the literature in the field
  • potential graphics and illustrations
  • co-authors or contributors
  • the author’s anticipated available time for writing the first draft and for editorial revisions (i.e., how long will this take you?)


Timely development will be facilitated by the use of a collaborative yet rigorous editorial process. Each publication will be edited by a Series Editor with input from other reviewers. A single-blind review process will be used. Authors should expect a robust editorial presence, involving considerable back-and-forth from acceptance to completion, and high-quality copyediting and design work, to ensure the creation of an outstanding product.


  • Series Editors receive and review proposal
  • Series Editors present proposal to SAA Publications Editor
  • Publications Editor and Series Editors send for peer review
  • Publications Editor gives final approval
  • One of the Series Editors is assigned to work on the project
  • ALA issues contract to Author
  • Author begins writing book


For more information about Archival Futures, or to present or discuss a proposal (see potential topics below), please contact Series Editors Bethany Anderson ( and Amy Cooper Cary (


Society Focused:

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropocentrism
  • Arts
  • Citizenship
  • Civic Engagement
  • Colonialism
  • Community
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Cultural Competency
  • Democracy
  • Diversity / Inclusion
  • Diversifying Collections
  • Economics
  • Equality
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity / Ethnocentrism
  • Feminism
  • Freedom of Information
  • Gaps in the archival record
  • Gender Identity
  • Historiography
  • Humanism
  • Emigrants / Immigrants
  • Intersectionality
  • Journalism
  • Labor
  • Law Enforcement
  • Memory
  • Nationalism
  • Nostalgia
  • Permanence
  • Popular culture
  • Reconciliation
  • Refugees
  • Religion / Spirituality
  • Right to be Forgotten / Erasure
  • Science
  • Secret Archives
  • Social Justice
  • Stewardship
  • Storytelling

Technology Focused:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-archives
  • Civic Data
  • Computation
  • Big Data
  • Data Rescue
  • Email
  • Free Speech
  • Machine Learning
  • Privacy
  • Social Media
  • Webarchives

New Issue: Archives and Records

Archives and Records, Volume 40 2019

Editorial: estate archives
Sarah Higgins, Shaun Evans & Julie Mathias

Archived in the landscape? Community, family and partnership: promoting heritage and community priorities through the Argyll estate papers
Annie Tindley, Micky Gibbard & Alison Diamond

‘Filling the family coffers’: commercial opportunities for estate archives
Vicki Perry

Assessing the impact of collections-based collaboration across archives and academia: the Penrhyn estate archive
Shaun Evans & Elen Wyn Simpson

‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’: using an estate collection to develop an online presence
Anna-Maria Hajba

Culzean: what do the ledgers tell us?
Michael Moss

Towards a toolkit for estate records
Julie Mathias, Shaun Evans & J Gwilym Owen


First world war military service tribunals: Warwick district appeal tribunal, 1916-1918
Michael Page

Rogue archives: digital cultural memory and media fandom
Andrew Flinn

Archives principles and practices
Alexandrina Buchanan

CFP: Journal of Map and Geography Libraries Call for Papers: Special Issue on Information Literacy Instruction

This call mentions primary source instruction.


The Journal of Map & Geography Libraries invites articles highlighting practice and research-based approaches on the ways changes in information literacy philosophies have redefined/reimagined information literacy instruction in academic libraries. For this special issue we would like to include articles focusing on library instruction across all types of libraries that highlight creative approaches to student learning.

The purpose of this special issue is to expose map and geospatial information librarians to a wide range of instructional approaches in order to inspire new, creative ideas and collaborations for spatial literacy instruction.

We expect an interesting range of contributions, from traditional research studies to design cases and opinion pieces supported by literature and/or practice. Examples and experiences from outside the traditional boundaries of instructional design and educational technology will also enrich the discussion.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Geospatial data literacy instruction
Application of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to spatial literacy instruction
Primary source instruction
Curriculum mapping for information literacy
Embedded librarianship
The flipped classroom model in library instruction
Active learning in library instruction
Practices and challenges in distance learning instruction

Article abstracts are due May 19, 2019 with full articles due August 30, 2019. After abstract submission, authors will be notified of acceptance by May 31, 2019.

Send article abstracts with the subject: Instruction Special Issue

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2019

Archives as places, places as archives: doors to privilege, places of connection or haunted sarcophagi of crumbling skeletons?
Belinda Battley

“Something that feels like a community”: the role of personal stories in building community-based participatory archives
Ana Roeschley, Jeonghyun Kim

Unpacking the boxes of Adão Ventura’s archive: reflections on the black poet in the literary archive
Gustavo Tanus