Cultural Heritage Archives:

Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

A Symposium at the Library of Congress

Sept. 26-27, 2013

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will hold a symposium entitled Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration on Sept. 26-27, 2013.

The symposium is free and open to the public.  Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and knowledge that document the ongoing community-based creativity of individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large national and international repositories.

The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a forum for new voices to present and discuss emerging archival initiatives as well as case studies focused on several key topics for a public audience. The symposium will combine longer presentations by invited speakers with short papers generated through this call.

Symposium Sessions:

 *   Session I: Users of Cultural Heritage Archival Materials

 *   Session II: Preservation and Digital Stewardship

 *   Session III: Archival Description

 *   Session IV: Education and Training

 *   Session V: Sharing Resources

 *   Session VI: Forging Archival Collaborations and Alliances

For a fuller description of the symposium and the individual sessions, go to:


Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 22, 2013

Proposals for short presentations (5-7 min.) should be submitted as email attachments and sent to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]:[log in to unmask]>>.  Please include the information requested and indicate which of the six symposium sessions would be most appropriate for your presentation.

Updates about the symposium, information about registration, and other details for this free event can be viewed at:

NOTE: We may have limited funds to support travel. If your proposal is accepted, would you like to be considered for a stipend to support travel to the symposium? If so, please provide a statement of need along with your proposal.

American Folklife Center

Library of Congress

Washington, DC 20540

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