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Discovering Collections Discovering Communities

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK invite submissions for this year's Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference, which takes place 19 - 21 November 2018 in Birmingham.

DCDC18 will consider the interplay between memory and transformation within heritage organisations and their wider impact on the cultural landscape. We will seek to examine how, through developing new points of entry to collections, archives, libraries, museums and galleries, we can work collaboratively with each other and academic organisations to meet strategic ambitions. Further, we will explore how to meaningfully engage with different audiences and communities whose far reaching interests can often have an equally transformational impact on our own professional cultures.

DCDC18 invites proposals on this year’s theme of ‘memory and transformation’ on any project involving archives, libraries, museums and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other, communities and the academic sector.

The main conference themes will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Commemoration: anniversaries, statues & memorials and national memory.
  2. Physical memory: production, materiality and physical engagement with collections.
  3. Artificial memory: deception, forgery and fake news.
  4. Institutional memory: cross-sectoral skills, hidden knowledge and ‘memory institutions’?
  5. Cultural transformations on working practice: when, how and why?
  6. Hidden memories: minority communities, representation and oral histories.
  7. Future memories: digital amnesia, the cloud and missing collections.
  8. 0Immersive memories: 3D modelling, multi-sensory engagement and virtual reality.
  9. Health and culture: dementia, mental health and wellbeing.
  10. Spatial memory: landscapes, journeys and buildings.
  11. Fundraising and cultural memory: collaboration, public engagement and impact.

The deadline for abstracts is Friday 27 April 2018. You can find out more information on the conference theme and how to submit an abstract here.