On behalf of our colleagues from the National Archives of Georgia in Tbilisi (GE) we would like to invite you to participate in 3rd international conference “Archival Studies, Source Studies – Trends and Challenges”.
Furthermore, proposals relating to the below mentioned topics may be submitted. Deadline for submitting proposals is 30 June 2018 (max. 500 words).
The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the independence of Georgia, including the traditional blocks. Thematic emphasis will be put on 1918-21 Georgia and South Caucasus, the period preceding the declaration of independence of Georgia and the proclamation of the First Democratic Republic.
The goal of the conference is to present most recent scientific innovations, bring together the Georgian and foreign scientists to broaden communication networks, to promote the interdisciplinary and intercultural researches, to seek for adaptation ways of the modern requests of the Cultural Heritage Management and to share the novelties of the digital humanitarian sphere.
Scientific directions of the conference:
- Georgia and the South Caucasus in 1918-1921 (period preceding the declaration of independence of the South Caucasus countries, the Transcaucasian Seimas, the first republics of Transcaucasia, Georgian government in emigration)
- Archival studies
- Source studies
- Study of antiquities
- History/art history/ Ethnography
- Philology (textual criticism/study)
- Political Science and law
- Digital archives and databases
- Cultural Heritage management
- Intercultural communications
The conference package foresees small educational programs (informative lectures, electronic archives and others), which will be held within the framework of the plenary sessions.
Persons with academic degree, as well as with Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree are allowed to participate in the conference.
The ICARUS Meeting #22, hosted by the University of Naples Federico II (IT), will incorporate the second international convention of the EU-funded project “co:op (community as opportunity – the creative archives’ and users’ network)”. The motto of the entire event:
“Cooperation as Opportunity. Historical Documents, Research and Society in the Digital Era”.
The convention’s thematic priority
Thematic priority of the convention will be to discuss how societal changes of the Digital Era affect archive structures, research methods and the handling of historical documents and vice versa.
Not only do archives and historical documents of the Digital Era call for new (digital) research methods by scholars and teachers (hitherto traditional users of this cultural asset). What’s even more remarkable, today, archives are faced with completely new types of users (that have no specific scholarly background).
By tailoring the technological advancement of the Digital Era to the diversified needs of this new, heterogeneous audience, participatory user communities can be explored, served, activated and expanded.
How to reflect on these aspects? Through discussion, exchange, the sharing of experiences and the development of possible solutions and strategies!
The convention’s structure
The convention will act as a sharing place where professionals and user communities will have the possibility to present, discuss and share their ideas, visions and concrete projects, with the aim to prepare new partnerships, as well as the planning and implementation of common new projects.
During the three days of the convention there will be five sessions and equally as many round tables, which will become a unique opportunity for public discussions, actively engaging and encouraging the the participation of the audience.
The keynote “Big Data of the Past” by Frédéric Kaplan (DHLAB) will set the visionary tone of the convention and kick-off the first debate and round table “Big Data of the Past: Vision or Near Future?”
On a not to be overlooked side note: The convention will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of ICARUS – the network that has since its beginning spearheaded the digital advancement of the archive community.
8th co:op partner meeting
This event furthermore marks the final meeting of all partners of the co:op project. Within the administrative co:op meeting, concluding preparations for successfully finalizing the projects will be made.