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Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Conference


June 7, 2017 08:30 - June 10, 2017 23:59





Theme: Archives, disrupted

The 2017 ACA Conference will be held in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Not coincidentally, July 1, 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and Ottawa will be the center of many commemorative and lively events. Confederation was at once Canada’s celebrated beginning, but it was also disruptive to the people and institutions within and without Canada’s borders. Likewise, the archival endeavor is not immune to disruption, and when confronted with it, archivists and archival institutions may hold fast to their principles and practices; but they may also let go. Is this anarchy? No… it’s archives.

The conference will explore how archivists and archival institutions progress, respond, change and persevere in response to disruptive forces, which may arise from outside or can be self-imposed. How and why is our profession challenging its past and the status quo? At the same time, examining the profession’s past with a presentist lens may distort its future. Conference sessions will explore how the archival endeavor can emerge strengthened and changed from the effects of disruptive forces, and define a new path that is relevant and valuable to its practitioners, institutions, users and stakeholders.


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