Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations: 2012 Annual Meeting

Beyond Borders: Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists
San Diego * August 6 - 11, 2012

The 2012 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during SAA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, August 6-11, 2012. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals that address the program theme are especially encouraged.

Program Theme

Thinking “Beyond Borders” enables us to envision new opportunities beyond our institutions and specializations, to expand our perceptions of history, culture, memory, and recordkeeping to arrive at a more inclusive and holistic view of the great work of archives.  In 2012 we have the opportunity to free ourselves from the imaginary borders of our past and leverage the opportunity, knowledge, and experience that lies beyond.

How can we use the power of our professional diversity to do more with less?  How can we advance archival knowledge and increase resources by collaborating with partners we’ve never imagined before?  How can archives work together to overcome real or imagined barriers to our success? The 2012 Annual Meeting is your chance to strive for a world of archives without borders!

Graduate Student Paper Session

The work of three current archives students will be selected for presentation during a traditional open session format. Each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes to present a paper. Thirty minutes will be reserved for audience questions and discussion. Proposals may relate to the student’s research interests as well as research pertinent to the profession. Incorporating the Annual Meeting theme into proposals is highly encouraged. Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted. Presenters and topics will be listed in the Preliminary Program.

Graduate Student Poster Session

The 12th annual Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and SAA Student Chapters.

Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Incorporating the Annual Meeting theme into proposals is highly encouraged. Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2011-Summer 2012).

Student Chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions. Incorporating the Annual Meeting theme into the poster proposals is highly encouraged. A single representative should coordinate the submission of each Student Chapter proposal.

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

To submit a paper or poster proposal, please complete the proposal form below no later than February 1, 2012. E-mailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

SAA encourages broad participation in its annual meeting. Presenters are limited to participating in one session. Presenters include speakers, session chairs, and commentators. Please alert the 2012 Student Program Subcommittee if you have agreed to participate in another accepted proposal.

Student paper and poster presenters must register and secure institutional or personal funding.  Student presenters who are from outside the United States and Canada may be eligible for complimentary registration upon request.

Proposals are due on February 1, 2012.

Proposals received after this date cannot be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Program Subcommittee Chair Tomaro Taylor at


Proposal Form

The Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted!

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