2017 Conference

Join us for Diverse Worlds, the 2017 National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists which will be held alongside the 2017 Information Technologies Indigenous Communities Symposium at the University of Melbourne.

The program will explore questions on the diversity of our collections, our profession and our audiences, as well as exploring the impact and potential of information technologies in indigenous communities and on traditional knowledge.

Who are collections for? Who do they represent? Who should hold them, manage access and use, and communicate content? We know that collections in the GLAMR (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Records) sectors contain representations of many different identities – cultural, ethnic, religious, political and sexual amongst many others – at points in time and over time. How should these myriad worlds be reflected to the wider community? What systemic changes are required to ensure new professionals entering the sector are a more diverse, broadly representative group than those who have come before?

The Melbourne conference seeks to examine the commonalities and differences between sectors, collections and communities, as well as the many different worlds represented within them. The concept of Diverse Worlds – inclusive of the non-binary, different and divergent – also challenges notions of cohesion and a singular professional identity. It recognises that our community is not fully representative, and the collections for which we are responsible are not discoverable, accessible or understandable to many. We need to ask how we can go beyond mere consultation and engagement, and question whether supporting true diversity involves relinquishing authority, custodianship and control.

Key Dates

Conference Dates: 25 to 28 September 2017

Call for Papers Open: 14 November 2016

Call for Papers Close: 13 February 2017

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Melbourne, Australia

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the Kulin Nation, a place now known by its European name of Melbourne.

A five minute tram ride from the Melbourne CBD, the University of Melbourne is a hub of many cultural and historical collections including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Grainger Museum and the University of Melbourne Archives.

On behalf of the 2017 Conference Organising Committee, we invite you to come to Melbourne for the 2017 ASA National Conference.

Kathryn Dan & Katherine Howard

2017 Conference Co-convenors

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Principal Sponsor

The ASA would like to thank Ancestry.com for supporting our conference.

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The ASA is very appreciative of our Sponsors who enable us to bring you
a wonderful program at a very reasonable price.