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International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 49th Annual Conference
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10/1/2018 to 10/4/2018
When: Monday, October 1, 2018
Where: Accra

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Registration is now open for the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 49th Annual Conference in Accra, Ghana, from October 1-4, 2018. 


The conference will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.


Please visit the conference website for more information about the conference, such as venue, travel advice, visa information, social events, information on workshops and tutorials, professional visits, and other details.


The preliminary programme is available here.

The early bird registration rate ends on September 3, 2018.


Please note that the presenters also have to register and pay the registration fee. 


Please also keep in mind that citizens of most countries will require a visa to enter Ghana, and also a certificate of vaccination for yellow fever. More information is available here.


This is the first time that the IASA conference will be held in Accra, the capital of the West African country of Ghana. Ghana is one of the most flourishing democracies on the African continent and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Ghana has many tourist attractions including forts, castles, museums, cultural beaches, forest conservation sites, canopy walkways, etc. Accra, the capital, is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city of about four million people. Much is happening in the world of audiovisual archiving that is relevant to anyone creating and hoping to preserve documentary recordings/film/video – both for their own work and, even more, for the people whose cultural traditions are thus being recorded.    


One of our hosts is the J.H. Kwabena Nketia Archives, part of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. A tour of the archives is an option for a professional visit during the conference.


Also of interest to anyone whose fieldwork collections include videocassettes, IASA has just published the first part of its technical guidelines for the preservation of video recordings. A five-part blog by the coordinating editor and former American Folklife Center staff member, Carl Fleischhauer, explains more about the standards.

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