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AICCM National Newsletter No 139 September 2017

Submissions due 31 October 2017 Deadline extended, submissions now due 10 November!

The 2018 AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium will be held in late November 2018, in Melbourne (likely 20-23 November, at Melbourne Museum, but TBC). This is a first call for papers and other contributions.

There is no overall conference theme, but we’d like to offer themed sessions as part of the conference around the following ideas:

  • Revisitation – revisit a treatment, a survey, a research project, a material, an idea, an era. How has it survived the passage of time, and what does that tell us for the future?
  • The Anthropocene – this proposed global epoch is defined by the beginning of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. What does it mean to be a conservator in the Anthropocene? What materials, practices and systems of the Anthropocene are affecting our work and futures? How will we need to adapt?
  • Black and white – from either a material or a decision-making perspective, there are bound to be shades of grey…

Contributions could be in any of the following forms:

  • Standard presentation (20 minutes)
  • Short presentation (10 minutes)
  • Panel discussion or debate
  • Poster
  • Demonstration, slide show, video or model
  • Workshop, treatment forum or tour

If you have a different idea for a presentation format, please get in touch – we’d be interested to hear! We’re planning to include a dedicated session for posters and demonstrations, to allow for better browsing and discussion.

Please email your abstract or proposal (no longer than 500 words please) to Bonnie Hearn at Outline the type of contribution (paper, poster etc) and whether it aligns to one of the proposed themes. Make sure to include your contact details, the names of any co-contributors, a one- or two-line bio for each, and a working title.

If you have any questions, please get in contact with any of the BPG or Photon SIG convenors (via the AICCM website SIG pages: and

Note that we intend to provide a hard copy booklet containing the program and abstracts, plus a flash drive containing contributors’ presentation slides or speaking notes, posters etc. We’d like to encourage authors to submit formal written versions of papers to the AICCM Bulletin, post-symposium, and thereby allow contributors to focus on putting together their best presentation possible for the conference.