Discover the #ICARoma2022 Programme!

The ICA’s biennial conference is two months away! We can’t wait to welcome you to Rome from September 21st-23rd to explore the Conference’s main theme, Archives: Bridging the Gap.  

As we get closer, changes continue to be made to the programme, so be sure to take a look at the most recent version and to plan out your visit! Drawn up after a call for papers that attracted more than 330 proposals submitted by professionals from 62 countries, the program contains four parallel streams. With a total of 73 papers and panels, 6 workshops, 1 session with 17 lighting talks, and over 80 posters, we can gladly say that 217 speakers have confirmed their participation. 

Take a look at the preliminary programme.

Streams – Bridging the Democracy, Distance, Cultural and Digital Gaps 

Under the main theme of ‘Bridging the Gap’, the Conference Programme is split into four streams which look more closely at the types of gaps that need to be bridged.  

Archives Bridging the Democracy Gap: Managing records and preserving archives afford a way of bringing citizens and institutions closer together; increasing dialogue between governments, society and the private sector; enforcing human, civil and economic rights; promoting access to technology, training and education; implementing public policies on open data and accountability; reducing the risk of losing public information; building trust in archives and public records as a means of empowering global information societies. 

The sessions that will take place under this stream are as follows: 

  • Archival Solidarity: Archivists Helping Each Other in Times of War and Peace 
  • Government Archives Serve Democracy 
  • Lessons from the past: Archives Supporting Justice and Healing 
  • If You Want to Build a Bridge, You Need an Engineer: Addressing Recordkeeping 
  • Bridges Connecting Community and Family Archives 

Archives Bridging the Distance: While globalization, new technologies, communications, internet access and datafication have in many cases reduced distances, they have also created new gaps. Records and archives may help shorten the distance between personal and collective memory, center and periphery, education and ignorance, transparency and data protection. How do archives shape collective memory? What is the role of regional, municipal and local archives? How to use records and archives to foster research and education in schools and universities? 

The sessions that will take place under this stream are as follows: 

  • Building a collective memory of humanitarian and sanitary crisis 
  • Sustainable development and economic viability 
  • Revisiting users' needs and offering new services 
  • Building networks for citizens and archives benefits 
  • Opening borders and raising interest 
  • Working Locally, Thinking Globally: Bridging the Distance with Communities 

Archives Bridging the Cultural Gap: Minorities, new cultures, diversity and inclusion, professional identities, emerging values (such as sustainable living or resilience) and new forms of exchanges, cooperation, work organization, training and education can use archival data and information as leverage for finding their place in our societies. What is the impact of climate change on records and archives? How can the gap to building the future be bridged when it is barely possible to imagine what the future will be? How can a balance be struck between the specific needs of some communities and the call for a uniform and consistent approach to records and archive management? What is the role of technical standards in bridging such gaps? What lessons can be learned from other cultures in terms of their archival institutions and professionals in order to reduce educational, digital or technological gaps? 

The sessions that will take place under this stream are as follows: 

  • Indigenous and Aboriginal archives 
  • Innovative initiatives in archives for building bridges and filling gaps 
  • Colonialism and archives 
  • Community archives and marginalized groups 
  • Building user-centered archives to bridge the cultural gap 
  • Cultural gap in the profession's training 
  • Archives bridging social and human rights strategies 

Archives Bridging the Digital Gap: New and disruptive technologies, methods and environments are constantly making inroads into our societies. Blockchain, Big Data analytics, Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence, algorithmic techniques and gamification are changing not only the archival scene, but also our way of living. What is the impact of these new technologies on records and archives? What are the challenges that need to be faced in relation to technological development, obsolescence, software design or long-term digital preservation?  What role can archives perform in helping users to deal with new technologies? How are archivists and records managers changing their professional profile? How is the distance between the different professionals working on records and archives (including, but not limited to, records managers, archivists, ICT professionals, lawyers and policy makers) changing?  

The sessions that will take place under this stream are as follows: 

  • Archives Facing Digital Transformation 
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Archival Domain 
  • Archival Perspectives on Processing Data 
  • Digital Preservation: Local and Global Solutions 
  • Records in Contexts 
  • Archival Description: new technologies, new frontiers 
  • Managing, Preserving and Searching Through Records Using Artificial Intelligence 

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