Call for contributions: Interfaces

Call for contributions: Interfaces (volume 52, 2024)

Bibliophilia: Book Matters

In December 2024, the bilingual online journal Interfaces will issue a volume on the relation between the book, its materials and the lifeforms of the non-human world. It welcomes papers (in English or in French) showcasing the book as ecomedia that can be explored from the perspective of ecocritical intermediality. The theme of this volume will also reflect the environmental and ecocritical turn in art history, and it may prompt theoretical forays into media archaeology. The papers can cover a wide variety of sources, such as single editions or book series, publishers’ and suppliers’ archives, librarian’s catalogues and book artists’ writings. Book historians and print scholars, specialists of ecocriticism and environmental history, plant studies and animal studies, of craft and material culture, word-and-image studies and literature, are invited to submit papers on the following topics of discussion:

– Ambivalence of the book as archive of the living world

– Affordances, textuality and physicality

– Networks and ecosystems

Deadlines for submission: please send an abstract (500 words, in English or in French) and a biobibliographical note to before 1st September 2023. If accepted, the completed papers will have to be submitted by 29th February 2024. All submitted articles should follow the journal’s guidelines and stylesheet: and they will be double-blind peer reviewed. The final version of the accepted papers will have to be delivered by 1st September 2024.

Download the complete call for contributions here…

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Sophie Aymes (guest editor):

New Issue: Manuscript and Text Cultures

Vol. 2 No. 1 (2023): Navigating the text: textual articulation and division in pre-modern cultures
(open access)

Editorial article

Introduction: navigating complex texts from pre-modern cultures in the digital age
Yegor Grebnev, Lesley Smith


Navigating early Chinese daybook divination manuals
Christopher J. Foster

Structuring astral science: a Demotic astrological manual from Graeco-Roman Egypt (Berlin, Egyptian Museum, P. Berlin 8345)
Andreas Winkler

A trilingual sales contract on papyrus from Roman Arabia (P.Yadin I 22)
Michael Zellmann-Rohrer

The page architecture of a deluxe Arabic dictionary from Islamic Spain
Umberto Bongianino

Legally binding: the textual layout of a copper-plate grant from South Asia
Francesco Bianchini

The Karlevi runestone
Heather O’Donoghue

Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.5.4, folio 135v: the Psalms, with commentary by Peter Lombard
Lesley Smith

Reading Ancient Maya hieroglyphic books
Christian Prager

MS Parma, Biblioteca Palatina, Parm. 3852: a meeting point for a medieval Ethiopian king-usurper with modern pro-Italian actors
Nafisa Valieva

Call for Reviewers: Studies in Oral History

Contributors interested in submitting a review to our journal Studies in Oral History are asked to notify our new reviews editor Gwyn McClelland by 15 May 2023.

We accept a wide range of reviews including reviews of podcasts, online oral history records or exhibitions.

So if you’re interested, please send an email with your contact details and the subject for review to You just need to express interest by 15 May not submit the review by that date.

For further information about our journal requirements please consult the Guidelines for Contributors and Style Guide.

CFP: Association of Registrars and Collection Managers

November 7-10, 2023 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ARCS welcomes registrars, collections specialists, and all those who work within our field to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for educational sessions, networking events, and a chance to meet colleagues from around the world. 

Important Dates

  • March 20, 2023 – Request for Proposals Opens
  • April 21, 2023 – Session Proposals are due. 
  • Late Spring 2023 – Registration fee structure to be announced
  • November 7-10, 2023-Conference

Looking for inspiration for the upcoming request for proposals? Take a look at the scheduled from our 2022 Virtual Conference

Call for Proposals

The past three years have profoundly impacted our field and demonstrated the need to evolve and adapt our practices. This journey reaffirmed our resilience and taught us to positively channel the momentum created from this time of reflection and growth. We are now catalysts and agents of change within our own institutions and the greater field, using our momentum to create a more just future. Momentum encourages us to find new ways to partner with communities, create more accessibility, and reduce our carbon footprint while still stewarding collections. Sustaining momentum is challenging but necessary to move forward, creating new pathways for effective, smarter, and more resourceful solutions. 

ARCS invites you to submit proposals and join an international discussion about the collections field for the 2023 Conference, Momentum, to be held in Montreal Canada on November 7th-10th. Sessions may address any aspect of your work. Proposals must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST, April 21, 2023. To learn more about submitting a session proposal please view the guidelines. Please contact if you have any questions.  

Please view the 2023 Proposal Submission Guidelines before submitting your proposal.

CFP: Oral History Network of Ireland Annual Conference 2023

The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2023 conference on the theme of ‘Oral History: Power and Resistance’. At every stage of the process, oral history projects may be impacted by and engage with issues of power and resistance. Oral histories offer unique insights into the operations of power and resistance in our societies in the past and present. This is not confined to issues of political power and resistance but can include everything from power dynamics within personal relationships, to understanding minority-majority group experiences. Who exercises power, how it is used and how it can be leveraged are key questions for oral historians. Similarly, what is resistance, what forms it takes and how it may or may not effect social change are questions that have been explored with the assistance of oral histories. Power and resistance are also considerations at every level in the creation of an oral history – whose stories are told, how they’re told, the power (or lack thereof) exercised by interviewees and interviewers, and the purpose of oral history itself.

The conference will take place at Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2023.

We are delighted to welcome Graham Smith, Professor of Oral History at Newcastle University, as the keynote speaker. His research interests include public history and environmental oral history, with a particular focus on how people remember in groups, as well as the history of family and the history of medicine. He helped to establish the Oral History Unit and Collective at Newcastle in 2017. A long-time trade union activist, Graham is the joint editor of the Historians for History blog and the editor of the four-volume collection Oral History, published by Routledge in 2017 as part of their Critical Concepts in Historical Studies series.

Call for Papers

Conference contributions are welcome in a range of formats:

  • Standard conference papers (20 minutes)
  • 10-minute presentations for our ‘Moments’ panels, focusing on outstanding or memorable individuals, experiences, and/or incidents that influenced or changed the way the presenter practices oral history. Contributions showcasing new projects on the conference theme at an early stage of development are also welcome here.
  • Posters and visual presentations

We welcome proposals on any topic related to oral history, particularly those that take an imaginative approach to the conference theme of ‘Power and Resistance’. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Power dynamics in the interview
  • Oral history and marginalised voices
  • Elite oral histories
  • Uncovering the operation of power in organisations and institutions
  • Abuses of power
  • Resistance and adaptation
  • Power, resistance and trauma
  • History from above and below
  • Power, resistance and the archive
  • Oral history and empowerment

To propose a paper, please submit an abstract (of not more than 250 words) along with your name, the name of your group, organisation or institution, and your email address to before Friday 28th April 2023. All proposals must demonstrate a clear engagement with oral history and/or personal testimony and we actively encourage the use of audio or video clips. The conference committee’s decision on successful abstracts will be communicated to potential presenters in May 2023. Information regarding registration for the conference will be posted in the coming weeks.

For further information, please see our website ( or the PDF of the call for papers ( Questions may be directed to  

CFP: Archives Journal

ARCHIVES, a peer -reviewed journal published by Liverpool University Press on behalf of the British Records Association, invites submissions that inform, explore, and inspire all those who use historical records. ARCHIVES provides accessible and engaging articles that increase understanding of the whereabouts, interpretation and historical significance of archival material of all historical periods. It provides a platform for historians and archivists to share their discoveries and information about the sources they have used for research.  We particularly welcome contributions from those at an early stage of their careers.

Themes that can be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Archival trends, theories and practices
  • Archives and the community
  • Archives and diversity
  • Approaches towards using archives and source materials
  • Archives and accessibility
  • Record keeping practices
  • Digital curation

A fuller statement of the editorial policy can be found at:

Articles can be submitted at any time. Suggestions for articles and submissions should be sent electronically to the editor at who looks forward to hearing from you.

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 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


ESARBICA Journal: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, Vol. 41 (2022)

Golden bulb covered with a dark cloth: memories of undocumented athletes in South Africa
Joseph Matshotshwane; Mpho Ngoepe

Website as a gateway for the provision of public archives and records management guidance
a Botswana – South Africa comparison
Olefhile Mosweu

Digitisation of audio-visual archives at the National Archives of Zimbabwe
Amos Bishi

Covid-19, a catalyst or disruptor? comprehending access to records and archives under the new normal
Simbarashe Manyika, Peterson Dewah

E-records guidance tools in records sharing at Tanzania Public Service College
Chiku M Chang’a, Kardo J Mwilongo

Management of electronic records in the South African public sector
Mpubane Emanuel Matlala, Asania Reneilwe Maphoto

Factors influencing access to archives at Botswana National Archives and Records Services
Manyeke Manek, Tshepho Mosweu

Records management in an ISO certified environment: a case study of Botho University in Botswana
Koketsego Sini Pitsonyane, Nathan Mnjama

Customer satisfaction in records management at Botswana Examinations Council
Gladness Richard, Priti Jain

Archiving the voices of the once voiceless: strategies for digital preservation of oral history at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Archives
Mbongeni Tembe (Malokotha), Zawedde Nsibirwa

Infrastructure for the implementation of artificial intelligence to support records management at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa
Mashilo Modiba, Patrick Ngulube, Ngoako Marutha

Digital records management practices in the public sector in Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe
Oscar Sigauke

Embedding digital preservation strategies in the management of institutional repositories in South Africa
Lungile Luthuli

Records management system at the eNews Channel Africa
Nduduzo Simphiwe Sithole, Isabel Schellnack-Kelly