Call for Papers

Join us for Diverse Worlds, the 2017 National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists, held alongside the Information Technologies Indigenous Communities Symposium at the University of Melbourne, September 25-28. Please submit your proposal by completing the Call for Papers proposal form below.

The Conference Call for Papers period has now closed. ITIC 2017 proposals only will be accepted until 3 March 2017.

We will be questioning 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.

You are invited to take part by preparing a proposal in one or more of the following categories:

Q&A Panel

A panel of 3 to 5 people who would be willing to briefly discuss a topic (5 minutes), and be prepared for a Question and Answer session with the audience. A moderator can be provided, or you can include your own.

Please submit a proposal of 400 words and include the names of the panel participants.

Student Paper

Student papers of all descriptions are welcomed – short (10 minutes), long (20 minutes) or somewhere in between. It can be based on research, a workplace issue, or the sector in general. An encouraging environment is guaranteed.

Please submit a proposal of 400 words.


In this session, you can present your work in the form of a poster or other kind of demonstration suitable to the topic. Unlike other conferences where poster sessions take place during meal/break times, this will be a dedicated session whereby you can be assured of an audience.

Please submit a proposal of 400 words.

Web and Mobile Evaluation

Submit your recently-developed digital project - web-site, mobile application, online finding aid, exhibition, search portal, crowdsourcing tool or similar - for public discussion by a panel of sector experts.

You will be asked to provide a short (3 to 5 minutes) overview of your project, its scope, intent and features. An invited panel will then talk through its design, usability, accessibility and functionality, followed by a discussion with the audience on the issues raised. The idea of the session is not to criticise your work, but to provide a friendly and supportive space in which to have a conversation about the opportunities and challenges of the digital based on real-world examples.

Please submit a proposal of between 100-200 words and include a link to the project.

Traditional Paper

Traditional papers of approximately 20 minutes duration including 10 minutes of discussion, on any aspect of the conference theme are also welcomed.

Please submit an abstract of up to 400 words.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and Indigenous peoples from around the world, are encouraged to propose a session for the partnered 2017 ASA and ITIC Conferences. Where two similar sessions are proposed, the Program Committee will preference those from these communities.

If you have a question or wish to discuss a proposal, contact the Program Committee at

The Conference Call for Papers for ASA Conference has now closed. Papers for ITIC 2017 Symposium will be accepted until 3 March 2017.