NEA taking the past into the future

OUr common code:
ethics in the archives

Friday, October 26, 2018
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Boston, MA

call for proposals

New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for the Fall 2018 Meeting, "Our Common Code: Ethics in the Archives." The meeting will take place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, October 26, 2018. The deadline for proposals is July 31, 2018.

We make ethical decisions in our work as archivists, especially towards preserving a fair and inclusive historical record and collective memory. These decisions help shape our professional ethics, and sharing these experiences improves our ethical context. The Fall 2018 Meeting will give archivists and allied professionals an opportunity to discuss archival ethics in three areas: appraisal and acquisitions, description, and access.  

The Fall 2018 Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations that facilitate conversation about archival ethics. Presentations can take the form of case studies, stories, or lightning talks. We encourage creative approaches, and we will give priority to proposals that foster group conversation. Each presentation must be no more than ten minutes long, and proposals must indicate which of the three above thematic areas they relate to. 

We are particularly interested in proposals that intersect with:

  • Privacy
  • Social justice
  • Rights of individuals
  • Rights of communities
  • Right to be remembered
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Displaced archives
  • Ethics in the digital age
  • Ethics in a post-truth era


First-time presenters, current graduate students, early-career professionals, and those doing archival work in community-centered contexts are all strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

To submit a proposal, complete the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/KbPeSkLJTba2arQl2.

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All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the member rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.
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In addition to seeking proposals for presentations that facilitate conversation about archival ethics, the Fall 2018 Program Committee welcomes the submission of ethical questions, scenarios, or dilemmas. These questions may be distributed to attendees at the meeting to encourage broader discussion around the topic.

To submit a question, complete the form found here: https://goo.gl/forms/e2kNSdFcqgd6mOVG3.

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NEA is committed to making the Fall 2018 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here: https://www.newenglandarchivists.org/Code-of-Conduct.

If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the Program Chair.
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Questions? Please contact the Program Chair, Juliana Kuipers, at juliana_kuipers@harvard.edu.


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