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Call For Papers Reminder: 2022 Annual Conference for the Archives Association of Ontario

  • 1.  Call For Papers Reminder: 2022 Annual Conference for the Archives Association of Ontario

    Posted 11 days ago
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    Happy New Year!

    A friendly reminder that the deadline for the 2022 AAO annual conference is Friday, January 7.  We have moved the conference to a fully virtual setting.  We welcome submissions from anywhere.

    Theme: These Are Unprecedented Times: How Archives and Archivists Changed, Struggled and Thrived Through Challenging Periods
    How often have we heard the phrase, "these are unprecedented times" over the past couple of years? Regardless of the era, archives and archivists need to adapt and respond professionally and resourcefully in times of disruption and change.

    The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for examinations on this general topic in past, present and future contexts.

    Potential subjects for consideration include:

    • Changes to archival work through and post the COVID-19 pandemic or other major upheavals - practical and theoretical;
    • Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and in our collections;
    • Responding to key movements such as Black Lives Matter, Truth and Reconciliation, etc.;
    • Developing better connections and engagement with known and new research communities;
    • Straddling the demands of rapid digital advances and the spectre of technological obsolescence;
    • Other subjects will be considered.

    Submissions of proposals for complete sessions or individual papers are welcomed. Proposals should consist of a brief abstract of approximately 250 words, a mini bio, and your institutional affiliation, and be sent to:

    The AAO Office at

    The due date of applications/submissions is January 7, 2022.

    Sessions may take the form of a:

    • Traditional session - 2 to 3 presentations of 20 minutes per speaker with questions to follow
    • Discussion panel - brief presentations of approximately 10-15 minutes per speaker with discussion to follow
    • Roundtable or structured conversation - presentations of 5 to 7 minutes with open discussion between speakers
    • Creative and innovative approach to presentations - 1 hour, 15 min

    On behalf of the 2022 Conference Program Committee and the AAO 

    David Sharron
    Head of Archives & Special Collections
    Brock University
    St. Catharines ON