View Only

Call for Proposals for the 2024 SAA Research Forum, due May 1, 2024

  • 1.  Call for Proposals for the 2024 SAA Research Forum, due May 1, 2024

    Posted Mar 01, 2024 04:48 PM

    *Apologies for cross-posting.*




    On behalf of the 2024 Research Forum Program Committee, we invite you to submit abstracts (of 300 words or fewer) for either 10-minute platform presentations or 3-minute lightning talks. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archives practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other settings. 


    The 2024 Research Forum will be conducted as two Zoom-based virtual sessions, each four hours long, on July 17 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm CT and July 24, 12:00 – 4:00 pm CT.

    The Committee is pleased to announce format changes to the Research Forum in response to feedback from the last year's Forum. The 2024 Research Forum will be made up of 10-minute platform presentations, extended from 8 minutes, and 3-minute lightning talks, which will replace the poster presentations. A limited number of presentations will be accepted to allow for longer presentation times, extended Q&A periods, and opportunities for discussion between attendees. An abstract submission rubric will be used by the Committee to evaluate submissions. The 2024 Research Forum webpage provides additional information about the schedule and links to past Forum proceedings.

    We invite presentations on research results that may have emerged since the 2023 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline, as well as reports on research completed within the past three years that are relevant and valuable for discussion as defined by the rubric. On the submission form, please indicate whether you intend a platform presentation or a lightning talk. See the full call here:


    The Research Forum Committee and CORDA encourage submissions on a range of topics, which may include:

    • Global challenges and their implications for archives and archivists, such as climate change, armed conflicts, environmental disaster, and human rights; 

    • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EDISJ) as a core value for archives and archivists; 

    • Collaborating across domains-archives, libraries, galleries, and museums; 

    • Repository-level data: how archives measure their output, outcomes, and activities over time;

    • Centering users in the design of archival systems for discovery; and/or, 

    • Building audiences to increase the impact of archives on society. 


    These themes can be found in the CORDA Research and Innovation Roadmap (v1.4)


    Abstracts will be evaluated by the 2024 Research Forum Committee convened by Sarah Pratt Martin (Harvard University) and Chris Marino (Stanford University).


    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1, 2024. You will be notified of the Committee's decision by June 1, 2024.


    Proposals should be submitted here.




    Sarah Pratt Martin, Research Forum Chair

    SAA Committee on Research, Data, and Assessment

    SAA Research Forum Coordinators

    Sarah (Pratt) Martin
    Associate University Archivist for Community Engagement
    Harvard University Archives
    Cambridge, MA