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AICCM National Newsletter No 135 September 2016

Call for Papers – Joint Electron & Objects Symposium:  “Shock of the New: Modern Materials and Media”

Electron SIG would like encourage AICCM members to submit papers for the joint Electron & Object Symposium occurring in February 2017.   

8 – 10 February, 2017 – Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia

Abstracts due: COB Friday 28 October 2016

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) Objects and Electron Special Interest Groups will host this symposium on the theme The Shock of the New: Modern Materials, Media and Methods, encompassing the following areas of research and inquiry:

  • Media art
  • Contemporary art
  • Digital collections
  • Modern materials
  • New or innovative use of conservation materials or practice

The program is expected to consist of two days of presentations and one day of workshops.

The organising committee now welcomes abstracts of 250 words for papers, lightning talks and posters. Paper presentations should be tailored to 20 minutes in length. Presenters are encouraged to submit papers for publication in the AICCM Bulletin. Lightning talks should be tailored to approximately 5 minutes in length with an abstract for publishing in the symposium program. Posters will be hard copy format with abstracts published in the symposium program.

Please send 250 word abstracts to:

Convenors: Helen Privett, Somaya Langley, Stuart Fuller, Gerald Preiss, Bronwyn Dunn, Di Whittle and Karina Palmer

Two other upcoming conferences which may be of interest are:

2016 Annual ASRA Conference “Getting It Done – Crunch Time for Audio Archives”

National Film and Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit Canberra, Canberra, A.C.T
Wednesday 31st August to Friday 2nd September, 2016

This year’s conference theme ‘Getting It Done – Crunch Time for Audio Archives’ explores the projects and programs being developed and undertaken by audio archivists in response to the urgent imperative to preserve and digitise collections in a climate of restricted resources and limited timeframes . The program will include papers by experts and practitioners with experience from across the audio-visual collections sector, including researchers, archivists, preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.

The conference will explore sub-themes including:

  • Doing it right – planning and management of projects
  • Doing the business – business models to support large scale digitisation projects
  • That’s why we do it – maximising the public benefits of digitisation projects
  • Do it yourself – home-grown solutions for archiving problems
  • Making do – compromise and improvisation as a strategy to maximise results
  • Do it now – looking at the consequences of delay
  • Just do it – overcoming obstacles and challenges
  • This is what we do – reports on projects from members and institutions

As with all ASRA Conferences we plan to celebrate our diversity and are seeking to include papers which explore emerging technologies and business models.

31st National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists “Forging Links: People, Systems, Archivists”

Parkroyal Parramatta, Australia

Monday 17th October to Friday 21st October, 2016

Forging links: people, systems, archives will look at how technology is changing our work and how we relate to users, to records and content.

How are we as a profession evolving as the digital archivist takes shape as a role and an identity? How sustainable are the systems and collections we create? We will explore whether open government entails more or less accountability. There will be discussions on how we continue to innovate and transform what we do to better meet the needs of all stakeholders. Join us for four days of conversation, demonstrations and development. It promises to be engaging, stimulating and a great opportunity to share ideas and projects.

Election SIG recommends that members regularly visit the SIG’s webpage as this site is frequently updated with details on upcoming conferences and other interesting events.

The Electron SIG website also contains links to a diversity of publications and resources which may be of value to individuals interested in Digital & Audio Visual Heritage materials. Members are encouraged to subscribe to The Electron Email List as this service provides a forum where members can share and exchange ideas and practical information, circulate news, post questions and seek advice on topics relevant to Electron.