The Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS), together with the UK and Republic of Ireland’s Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER) is proud to host the eleventh annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), and the first to be held outside of North America.

AERI will be held from 8 – 12 July 2019 in Liverpool, UK.

Previous institutes were held at UCLA (2009, 2012), the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2010), Simmons College (2011), the University of Texas at Austin (2013), the University of Pittsburgh (2014), the University of Maryland, College Park (2015), Kent State University (2016), the University of Toronto (2017) and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa (2018).

These week-long annual working institutes are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. Institutes are open to all academic staff and students at all levels working in archival studies, as well as archival professionals and others engaged in archival education, research and scholarship, broadly conceived.

AERI seeks to advance the field of archival studies by:

·    Creating a dynamic community of researchers, teachers and students to help mentor doctoral students and academic staff in areas such as thesis preparation, grant writing, publishing, and career development.

·    Advancing curriculum development in archival studies at all levels—undergraduate, graduate/postgraduate and continuing education.

·    Furthering current research development inside the academy and in practice through paper presentations, posters and workshop activities.

·    Fostering interest in future collaborations intra- and internationally.

Call for contributions

Applications for AERI are now being accepted via

We invite proposals for contributions that fit within AERI’s goals. These could include short papers (15 minutes), panels (1.5 hours, with 3 or more speakers), pedagogical, curricular, methodological and technological workshops (half day or full day), performances, posters, works in progress or plenary sessions. Since this is a working institute, all participants, with the exception of students who are about to commence their studies, are expected to contribute in some way to the working meeting. This might be in a variety of roles including, but not limited to presenters, instructors, mentors, moderators, and AERI initiative leaders.

Timeline for Applications

  • 28 February 2019 - Deadline for submission of proposals
  • 15 March 2019 - Applicants notified of admission / registrations open
  • 1 June 2019 - Registrations close
  • 8 - 12 July 2019 - AERI

Additional tours are being planned for before and after AERI. These will include visits to community archives and sites connected with labour and industrial history in Manchester and post-conflict archives and heritage initiatives in Northern Ireland. More information about the tours will be published in due course.

Following AERI, participants will be invited to submit full papers for publication in a special issue of a refereed journal.

Please send inquiries to Additional information about the meeting will be available soon and watch #aeri2019 for news and discussion.