2019 Specific Specialty Sessions: Call for Submissions

Book and Paper Group (BPG)

BPG Sessions

The Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) welcomes abstracts for the 47th Annual Meeting, to be held in Uncasville, CT, May 13 - 17, 2019.

The BPG sessions will include:

  • BPG session presentations
  • Joint presentation/discussion session with the Photographic Materials Group (this will be one morning or afternoon session; see further information below)
  • Archives Conservation Discussion Group
  • Art on Paper Discussion Group
  • BPG business meeting & evening reception

Abstracts for BPG session presentations may be related to the overall 2019 AIC meeting theme, “New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care” or address any other aspect of the conservation of art on paper, archival materials, bound volumes, manuscripts, or similar materials. Abstracts are encouraged from anyone with an interest or role in conservation, including current BPG members, other Specialty Group members, and related professionals.

BPG & PMG Joint Session

Abstracts for the Book and Paper Group (BPG) and Photographic Materials Group (PMG) joint presentation/discussion session should be related to the theme of “Loss compensation.” We as conservators are highly trained to compensate for losses small and large so they integrate almost flawlessly with their surroundings. We take into consideration qualities such as, function and use, structural stability, and visual unity, but we also consider many questions. Whom are these efforts truly for (the object, other steward(s) of the object, public viewers, ourselves?) And, to what extent may they impact the recipient(s) understanding and appreciation of the object? This joint session of the Book and Paper Group and the Photographic Materials Group will seek to explore various aspects of this theme.

Joint session topics may include:

  • Ethical and theoretical considerations, such as:
    • To fill, or not to fill
    • Whom is the loss compensation for (the object, other steward(s) of the object, public viewers, ourselves?) And, to what extent may loss compensation impact the recipient(s) understanding and appreciation of the object?
  • New approaches to loss compensation, such as ones that address the use of new materials or innovative solutions
  • Techniques for compensation of especially vulnerable surfaces such as photographs, digital prints, and art on paper
  • Compensation of losses in brittle and weak supports
  • Different approaches to the same problem and the decision making behind these choices

This topic is meant to be inclusive, so other interpretations or perspectives also are welcome.

Final scheduling is being determined but all presentations will be between 15-25 minutes with additional time for questions. Further details will follow.

How to submit an abstract: The online abstract submission portal is accessible at: www.conservation-us.org/abstracts. When you have logged in, choose "abstract submissions," which includes both talks and posters. AIC allows authors to prioritize their application to participate in one of the three session types: All-Attendee (General), Specialty Group, or Poster. There is not a separate category for joint sessions this year. Any abstract submitted to the BPG or PMG section automatically will be considered for the joint BPG/PMG session.

The submission deadline for abstracts is September 22, 2018. Abstracts should be 500 words maximum. Please contact Jen Hunt Johnson, BPG Program Chair (jenhunt101@gmail.com), or Eliza Spaulding, BPG Assistant Program Chair (elizaspaulding@gmail.com), with any questions. We look forward to your submissions!


Collection Care Network (CCN)

CCN Session

CCN seeks abstracts for the 47th Annual Meeting in Uncasville, CT, and New England from May 13-17, 2019.

Abstracts for the CCN session may fall into any of the following three categories:

  1. Talks related to the overall 2019 AIC meeting theme, "New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care," could address:
    1. Utilization of new tools or techniques in collection care such as in condition documentation, registration methods, storage or exhibition material choices, or transport
    2. Collaborative efforts or partnerships outside an institution that inform collection care decisions
    3. Tactics for increasing cross-disciplinary efforts and support for collection care within an institution
  2. Talks that would build on the themes highlighted by AIC’s new Material Selection & Specification Working Group (MWG).
    1. Research on or use of a new material that will expand our range of choices for storage, exhibit or display
    2. Use of low or high-tech testing or instrumental analysis to examine new or commonly used materials for collection care
    3. Development and/or use of specifications or standards to guide material selections for collection care projects.
  3. Short, five-minute presentations relating to storage and rehousing that would be part of the STASH Flash tips session and will be uploaded to the www.stashc.com website.
    1. Tools or techniques useful to creating storage mounts or housings
    2. Tactics to improve workflow in rehousing projects
    3. Innovative storage solutions for individual artifacts or collection groups

For questions about collection care programing at the 2019 meeting, please contact CCN Program Chair Rachael Arenstein at rarenstein@hotmail.com.  For more information about the Collection Care Network, visit our webpage:  http://www.conservation-us.org/specialty-topics/collection-care

Abstract submissions should be no more than 500 words with an additional 300-word speaker biography and are due on or before September 22, 2018. Guidelines for submission can be found on the AIC website: http://www.conservation-us.org/annual-meeting/aic-annual-meeting/call-for-submissions/call-for-submissions-overview

We look forward to crafting sessions that highlights the innovative, cross-disciplinary nature of collection care!


Electronic Media Group (EMG)

EMG Sessions

The Electronic Media Group (EMG) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is calling for papers on the conservation of time-based media for the AIC annual meeting, May 13-17, 2019 in Uncasville, CT.

The theme of the meeting is "New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care" (http://www.conservation-us.org/annual-meeting/aic-annual-meeting).

Submissions that address topics falling within the meeting’s theme are encouraged, but other relevant topics of interest to the Electronic Media Group can also be explored. Other topics may include:

  • Preservation procedures and systems;
  • Organization of work;
  • Storage solutions for digital art and migration of files;
  • Conservation of software-based art, internet-based art, app-based art, and art that involves both an electronic media and a sculptural component;
  • Collaborations between professionals with different expertise;
  • Impact of Artist interviews;
  • Preservation of light-based art;
  • Solutions for the documentation of electric and electronic art with various tools and databases;
  • Making the most of the least: how to be resourceful when resources are scarce or missing.

Abstracts should be submitted through the AIC website via the submission portal. See the Overview and Instructions page for details. Editing will still be permitted once the abstract has been uploaded. Abstracts will be published in the Meeting Abstract Book. Papers to be published by EMG will be due by July 1st, 2019.

Authors of accepted papers will require to secure their own travel funds. Limited grants and scholarships are available through AIC. Please explore this link for information: http://www.conservation-us.org/grants.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 22th, 2018.

Please contact Flavia Perugini (EMG Program Chair, fperugini@mfa.org) or Amy Brost (EMG Assistant Program Chair, amybrost@gmail.com) with any questions.


Objects Specialty Group (OSG)

OSG Session and OSG & RATS Joint Sessions

The Objects Specialty Group (OSG) seeks abstracts for a tripartite program at the upcoming 2019 AIC conference in New England at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.  Building on last year’s treatment focus, OSG solicits talks that are related to the meeting’s “New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics” theme with a practical hands-on emphasis. 

The three OSG sessions will include OSG presentations related to the overall theme, a joint session with RATS, and a Tips session lunch.  Please contact Jessie Arista (OSG Program Chair, jessica.arista@gmail.com) with questions.

Topic ideas for each could include:

  • "New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care"Presentations: OSG seeks papers related to the general conference theme exploring all types of new work, with a focus on conservation treatment and a practical, hands-on emphasis.  
  • OSG-RATS Joint Session: The Objects and Research and Technical Studies specialty groups invite papers to a joint session related to the conference theme of New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in the context of the technical investigation of objects and their conservation. We welcome a range of topics to explore adapting tools for the study of three-dimensional objects, innovative conservation materials or novel applications of old ones, and new ways to look at the construction, degradation and conservation of objects. Please contact Matthew Clarke (RATS Program Chair, clarkem@si.edu) or Jessie Arista (OSG Program Chair, jessica.arista@gmail.com) with any questions.
  • Tips Session Lunch: Share your favorite material-based tips and tricks!  A call for tips will come out later in the Fall. 

Abstract submissions should be no more than 500 words with an additional 300-word speaker biography and are due on or before September 22, 2018.

The online abstract submission portal is available here.


Research and Technical Studies (RATS)

RATS Session

RATS seeks abstracts for the upcoming 2019 AIC conference in New England. Submissions of original work related the topics below are encouraged, although papers otherwise related to any aspect of research and technical studies of cultural heritage will be considered. Topics may include:

  • Joint session of RATS/OSG (see listings below).
  • Application of biological sciences to cultural heritage, including biomaterials, proteomics, DNA identification, immunolabeling, carbohydrate analysis, and anti-biofouling research.
  • Development of new analytical techniques or novel applications of existing tools applied to the study of cultural heritage collections.
  • Unique ways to engage the public about the intersection of science, history and art.

Please contact Matthew Clarke (RATS Program Chair, clarkem@si.edu) or Gregory Bailey (RATS Assistant Program Chair, baileyg@si.edu) with any questions.

OSG-RATS Joint Session

The Objects and Research and Technical Studies specialty groups invite papers to a joint session related to the conference theme of New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in the context of the technical investigation of objects and their conservation. We welcome a range of topics to explore adapting tools for the study of three-dimensional objects, innovative conservation materials or novel applications of old ones, and new ways to look at the construction, degradation and conservation of objects.

Please contact Matthew Clarke (RATS Program Chair, clarkem@si.edu) or Jessica Arista (OSG Program Chair, jessica.arista@gmail.com) with any questions.

How to Submit an Abstract

The online abstract submission portal is now open. The submission portal and guidelines are accessible here: www.conservation-us.org/abstracts. When you have logged into the portal, choose "abstract submissions," which include both talks and posters.

AIC allows authors to prioritize their application to participate in one of the three session types: Concurrent All-Attendee Sessions, Specialty Group, or Poster. There is not a separate category for joint sessions this year. Any abstract submitted to the OSG or RATS section automatically will be considered for the joint OSG/RATS session.

The submission deadline for paper abstracts is September 22, 2018. Abstracts should be 500 words maximum. In the case of multiple authors please list all authors and include an email address for each author, indicating corresponding author. Please state on the abstract and in the email subject line to which session you are submitting. 

Please note that RATS will produce a post-print of annotated power-points from their sessions. These annotated power-points are due by June 30, 2019.


Sustainability Committee (SC) 

The Sustainability Committee seeks abstracts for papers to be presented at the upcoming AIC Annual Meeting in Uncasville, CT and New England, May 13-17, 2019. This year's theme is "New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care." Submission of original research and work related to the theme are welcome, and any submissions related to sustainable conservation and preservation will be considered.  

Topic ideas include:

  • How does sustainability affect how you select, use, and dispose of materials?
  • Have you developed any new tools or tactics to make your practice more sustainable?
  • Have you implemented more sustainable practices in your institution?
  • How does environmental, social, or economic sustainability affect your practice in a way now that it did not previously?
  • What conservation techniques you have tried—successfully or not—to make sustainable?

Interested authors may submit abstracts to the open call for papers through the OpenWater abstract submission portal. Presentation length should be planned at 18-20 minutes to allow 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Abstract submissions should not exceed 500 words with an additional 300-word speaker biography.

Please feel free to contact the Sustainability Committee with any questions at sustainability@conservation-us.org.

In this page:

  • Book and Paper Group Call
  • Collection Care Network Call
  • Electronic Media Call
  • Objects Specialty Group Call
  • Research & Technical Studies Call
  • Sustainability Committee Call

More to be posted soon