Prepare your proposals! Call for Papers ICA Roma Conference 2022

Archives play a key role for national and local governments, civil society and citizens, the media and communication to reduce digital, cultural, political, social, technological and educational gaps by promoting access to information. Archives can build trust and foster bridges of dialogue, cooperation, communication and empowerment by sharing knowledge. 

With this idea in mind, the Call for Papers for the ICA Roma Conference 2022 is inviting professionals from any academic, nonprofit, corporate, or government area within or connected with the archival and records management sector in any part of the world, to reflect on Archives: Bridging the Gap

Bridging the democracy gap because managing records and preserving archives afford a way of bringing citizens and institutions closer together. Bridging the cultural gap as minorities, new cultures, and professional identities, among others, can use archival data and information as leverage for finding their place in our societies. Bridging the distance based on the idea that records and archives may help shorten the distance between personal and collective memory, center and periphery, education and ignorance, transparency and data protection. And bridging the digital gap, as we are still learning how new and disruptive technologies, methods and environments are constantly making inroads into our societies. 

These sub-themes are intended as suggestions, not limits. All interpretations of the general theme are strongly encouraged. Moreover, the theme and sub-themes are suggested as issues to be addressed rather than as statements to be endorsed, so proposals focusing on the inability of archives to bridge gaps – or even on how they create them – will be welcome: the aim of the conference is to provide a forum for discussion of different and possibly contrasting viewpoints.   

Types of Submissions 

Proposals may fall into any of the following six categories:  

  1. Panel Discussion: 90-minute session including at least 15 minutes for questions from the audience, three to five speakers present on a topic. 
  2. Paper Presentation: 30-minute presentation one or more speakers present on a topic, including at least 5-10 minutes for questions. 
  3. Lightning Talk: 5-minute session for presenting a project, demonstrating technology or pitching ideas.  
  4. Poster: presentation of research, a project, an idea or other type of work in the form of a paper poster.  
  5. Workshop: Half day or whole day session on a given topic.  
  6. Alternative Format 

Papers may be submitted in French, English, or Italian.  

All submissions are made electronically via a link from the ConfTool website. Instructions on how to submit are contained in the submission platform. 

All the information about the Call for Papers can be found in the following link:    

Key Dates 

  • Conference online registration opening: now open
  • Deadline for submissions: 21 March 2022 
  • Communication of submission acceptance: 21 May 2022 
  • ICA Conference: 21 – 23 September 2022