CFP: Archives and the Canadian Narrative

The What Sorts network will be helping to coordinate 1 or 2 submissions for panels for this conference; please contact Sue Campbell ( if you are interested in participating. At least one submission will concentrate on our project From Archives to Activism: Building Inclusive Communities Through Practices of Collective Memory, which focuses on the history of eugenics in Western Canada and which we’ll blog about later on. You’re also encouraged to send in separate submissions. *****************

“Archives and the Canadian Narrative – Re: Telling Canada’s Stories” and “Regional Archives in the Digital Universe.” Archives in Canada Conference Series (ACCS), 3rd Biennial Conference, Mount Allison University, 10 – 12 June 2009

This conference series aims to bring together researchers from the academic community and general public with archivists, librarians and other professionals to exchange ideas about issues and topics relevant to Canadian archives. Beginning in 2005 with a conference at McMaster University on the topic of Canadian Literature and Archives, the series continued with a conference on the archives of Canadian cultural activists in June 2007 at Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. The third conference will take place at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, 10-12 June 2009. Proposals for papers or panels in English or in French are invited on the organizational theme “Archives and the Canadian Narrative – Re: Telling Canada’s Stories,” or the sub theme “Regional Archives in the Digital Universe.” Some questions that might be considered: How do archives enable researchers to shape and reshape narratives about Canada? What is the nature of archival “truth” and how can it best be discovered and disseminated? What responsibility does the researcher have to the archival artefact? To what extent do archives allow a role for the literary or historical imagination? What responsibility do editors have to the integrity of archival evidence? How is the nature of the Canadian narrative evolving?

Regional, local, or community archives exist across Canada and in all parts of the country. What resources and new potential do they offer researchers? What is their relationship to the archives of academic and national institutions? Can this relationship be enhanced or revitalized, better coordinated or managed? How is the role of local, regional, or community archives changing? What has been the impact of digitization initiatives? Is a visit to a virtual archive just as good as “being there” for users of archival materials?

Questions relating to archival access, preservation, classification and interpretation concern archivists, librarians, scholars, researchers, editors and publishers, as well as the general Canadian public. The Archives in Canada Conference Series aims to bring the various constituencies together in a dialogue on timely issues of mutual concern.

Please send a 250 word abstract and 100 word biographical note by email to the Programme Committee: Dr. Kathleen Garay (McMaster), Dr. Christl Verduyn (Mount Allison) Catherine Hobbs (LAC BAC) Isabelle Cormier (Centre d’études acadiennes et du Musée acadien, Université de Moncton) by July 1 2008. Submissions should be sent simultaneously to the following email addresses:,,,

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