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International Council on Archives Annual Conference 2021

July 28 - July 30

We are pleased to announce that we are welcoming submissions for the 2021 ICA-SUV annual conference, to be hosted in Germany by the EMBL Archive and the Archives of the University of Heidelberg. Given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are, at this stage, planning a hybrid conference: we hope to be able to welcome some participants in person, but are making arrangements for virtual participation. Proposals will be accepted from people wishing to speak in person and from those wishing to deliver a paper online.

The theme of the conference will be “Archives, Ethics and Society”. We especially welcome papers in the following areas:

  • Access to Archives: what ethical issues impact on providing access to archives? How can archivists manage these? How do these issues change in the digital environment?
  • Archives and Sensitive and Personal Information: what are ethical approaches to dealing with archives and records that contain sensitive or personal information?
  • Big Data and AI: what new ethical responsibilities do recordkeepers have in the world of big data and AI? What skills do they need to manage these?
  • Creators, Collecting and Communities: how can archivists balance potentially conflicting interests of employers, creators and society? What is the role of ethics in issues such as diversity and inclusion in collecting and outreach?

Papers should be 20 minutes and should be analytical rather than purely descriptive. The language of the conference will be English, and interpreting will not be available. One session may be held in German if there is interest.


July 28
July 30


International Council on Archives
33 (0)1 40 27 63 06


University of Heidelberg
Grabengasse 1
Heidelberg Baden-Wurttemberg, 69117 Germany
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