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Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration Symposium
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9/26/2013 to 9/27/2013
When: 9/26/2013
Where: Library of Congress
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Catherine Hiebert Kerst

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Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

A Symposium at the Library of Congress (contingent on passage of the federal US budget).

Sept. 26-27, 2013

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, will hold a symposium entitled Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration on Sept. 26-27, 2013. Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and knowledge that document the ongoing community-based creativity of individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large national and international repositories.

The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a forum for new voices to present and discuss emerging archival initiatives as well as case studies focused on several key topics for a public audience. The symposium will combine longer presentations by invited speakers with short papers.



The preliminary schedule is available at:

Symposium Sessions:

*   Session I: Users of Cultural Heritage Archival Materials
*   Session II: Preservation and Digital Stewardship
*   Session III: Archival Description
*   Session IV: Education and Training
*   Session V: Sharing Resources
*   Session VI: Forging Archival Collaborations and Alliances

Biographies and abstracts for all presenters and moderators are also accessible from the site, as is information for visiting the Library of Congress and finding near-by accomodations.



The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration will be required. Registration is available at

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 22, 2013

Proposals for short presentations (5-7 min.) should be submitted as email attachments and sent to Please include the information requested below and indicate which of the six symposium sessions would be most appropriate for your presentation.

Email address:
Title of your presentation:
Abstract of your presentation (300 words or less):
Preferred session:
Alternate session:

NOTE: There may be limited funds to support travel. If your proposal is accepted, and you would you like to be considered for a stipend to support travel to the symposium, please provide a statement of need along with your proposal.

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