New England Archivists (NEA) and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan
New York (A.R.T.) invite submissions of session proposals for our joint
Spring Meeting, to be held March 22 - 24, 2018, in New Haven, Connecticut.
The deadline for proposals is September 10, 2017.

With the theme “Rise Up,” the Spring 2018 Meeting will focus on concepts of
archival advocacy. How can archivists better demonstrate the cultural value
and social urgency of their work? What kinds of advocacy can help amplify
awareness and bolster support for archival repositories within established
institutions? How can best practices evolve to include the stories,
traditions, and record-keeping methods of people and communities who are
traditionally underrepresented in archival spaces? Sessions, workshops, and
plenary speakers will explore the personal, professional, and political
implications of archival advocacy, particularly in regard to social justice
efforts, economic challenges, activist tactics, and career sustainability
for individuals within the archival field. First-time presenters, current
graduate students, early-career professionals, and those doing archival
work in community-centered contexts are all strongly encouraged to submit


The Spring 2018 Program Committee invites proposals on all topics but is
especially interested in sessions that:


   Share successful tools archivists can use to bolster internal and
   external advocacy efforts within their institutions, among emerging
   communities, and to the general public, including strategies for elevating
   awareness about the value of archival work and special collections

   Explore how intersectionality, allyship, and radical empathy can impact
   all aspects of archival work, particularly collection development,
   arrangement and description, and outreach

   Discuss methods for personal advocacy that archivists can use to build a
   stronger sense of professional agency, develop and advance their ideas
   through clear communication, and foster more equitable, respectful, and
   supportive relationships with colleagues at every level

   Incorporate participatory elements that engage attendees and provide
   actionable knowledge to empower individuals and institutions to adapt their
   practices to be more inclusive, effective, and transparent

   Detail collaborative efforts among archivists, institutions, regional
   organizations, and communities, especially those striving to capture
   ephemeral forms of documentation

   Present cross-disciplinary perspectives on archival work, particularly
   in relation to the development of community archives, political activism,
   skillshares between archivists and non-archivists, and guerrilla archivist
   work done in non-institutional contexts

   Examine how the development, maintenance, and implementation of archival
   descriptive standards can affect concepts of professional neutrality,
   historical representation within the archive, and expanded access to

   Facilitate conversations surrounding oppressive power structures and the
   ethics of authority with regard to the historical functions of archival

   Highlight work being done to address archival silences, especially
   regarding materials related to LGBTQIA, indigenous, and carceral
   communities and in the areas of social justice including racial, labor,
   disability, economic, reproductive health, and climate issues

   Focus on the rich histories of people, movements, and organizations in
   the Connecticut and metropolitan New York City regions

Possible Session Types

Standard Presentations

Two or three speakers present on a common theme. May include a moderator to
steer discussion and/or introduce speakers and theme.

Open Forum

Topical discussion with moderator leading discussion with everyone present.
May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.

Roundtable Discussion

Three or four participants make very brief remarks, then discuss a topic
together. Includes a moderator to steer discussion.


Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds
each, with comment. Each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Highest number of presenters possible is 12, fewer if leaving time for

Lightning Talks

Like PechaKucha, but without a set format. May or may not include slides or
images. Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long. Number of
presenters depends on time allotted for each.


Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate.

Note: standard AV (a projector and screen) will be provided for each


To facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2018 Program Committee has created
a space for NEA and A.R.T members to develop session proposals together:

Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential
session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible
until the deadline for proposals, on September 10, 2017.


To submit a proposal, complete the form below.

Please note that proposed sessions involving fewer than three presenters
and/or covering overlapping topics may be grouped together.

All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your
proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about
next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon
acceptance, at the early-bird rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.

NEA and A.R.T. are committed to making the Spring 2018 Meeting welcoming
and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are also
required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to
support your participation in this event, please contact the program chairs.

Meeting and travel scholarships are available through both NEA and A.R.T.
for those in need. Details will be forthcoming on each organization’s

NEA members →

A.R.T. members →

Questions? Please contact the Program Committee co-chairs, Rachel
Chatalbash at [log in to unmask] and Bonnie Marie Sauer at
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New England Archivists
Communications Committee