Pre-meeting Symposium Call for Submissions on "Global Relevance / Local Action: Conservation at Work in Communities"

This symposium focuses on cultural preservation initiatives designed to include local communities. The symposium will feature both submitted presentations and invited speakers, including colleagues from the local area. Facilitated, audience-engaged discussions will also be an important part of this program. We are currently seeking abstract submissions, which may focus on case studies and/or on exploration of successful ideology and methodology for community-focused work.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: engaging and sustaining community involvement; finding relevance for local audiences; preserving intangible heritage; and community-based participatory research, conservation, or collections care. Abstract submissions are invited for talks, which should be no more than 15 minutes in duration, and for panels, which can be up to 45 minutes in length and include up to five panelists.

Abstract submissions should be no more than 500 words, with an additional speaker biography of up to 300 words, and are due on or before September 22, 2018. Submit through the portal for pre-sessions.

  • Please contact AIC’s annual meeting program chair Suzanne Davis at or AIC’s Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair Jennifer Hain Teper at with questions or requests for more information.