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Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives in collaboration with the Working Group on Archives of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the 2023 in-person conference to be hosted on May 29-31, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland, by the University College Dublin. The theme of the conference is: 


We invite academic and/or practice-based proposals for individual papers, panels, discussion tables, and other formats on different aspects of archival practice in university and research institution archives that address the conference theme.

Presentations can relate to any aspect of the theme but we particularly encourage proposals which discuss the following topics: 

  • Who are the users of archives today? How have user audiences changed in the past decade? What are current users’ needs and expectations when accessing archives?
  • How has access to archives transformed in the digital age? How do different archival institutions approach access? Do you have innovative examples of providing access to archives?
  • How are cultural and scientific traditions documented and accessed in university and research institution archives?
  • What records could and should be made accessible online to wide audiences, and what should remain accessible only under certain conditions and why?
  • What are the possible roles and responsibilities of university archives in relation to smaller research archives, community archives, and other non-conventional archives and archival heritage at large?

Presentations should be 20 minutes and should be analytical rather than purely descriptive. Please note that unfortunately there will be no translation facilities at the conference, so only papers in English will be accepted. Please submit a short abstract of 250-300 words with a bibliography of at least two items, which will not count towards the 250-word minimum along with the following information using this form:

  • Presentation title
  • Name(s) of speaker(s)
  • Job title and institution
  • Postal address and email address
  • Short bio (150-200 words)

Submission form

The ICA-SUV Proposal Submission Guidelines can be consulted here: https://www.ica.org/sites/default/files/suv-confpropsubmguidelines.pdf

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2023. Authors will be notified by February 1 whether their paper has been accepted. Speakers will be expected to cover their own travel costs.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin!