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Collaborate, learn, and network with your colleagues both in person and online. Attend our annual meeting, the largest conference in North America for conservation professionals.

Program & Schedule

Schedule Notes

  • All times are US Eastern Time.
  • This is a draft schedule. The times for some talks might change to accommodate speaker's schedules.
  • Most sessions will be recorded and available for remote viewing after the live session until October 31, 2021.
  • All sessions are included with the base registration unless marked otherwise. Registrants can attend as many sessions as they like and do not need to pre-register for a talk except when it is marked as requiring pre-registration. 
  • Specialty Sessions are grouped by week. This will allow for a more compact conference schedule for those who wish it to take advantage of it.
  • The schedule is interactive.

    • Click on a session to see the talks in that session.
    • Click on a talk to see the abstract for that talk.
    • Click on a speaker's name to see their bio.

About the Program

Theme

2020 has been a challenging year for cultural heritage conservation. Many of us were shut out of our workplaces by a global pandemic that exposed the financial vulnerability of our cultural institutions. At the same time, we witnessed tragic examples of the systemic racism endemic in 21st century life – inequities perpetuated by our own professional practices and within our own organizations. In the coming years, not only will we be forced to do more with less, but we are also morally obligated to address our biases and examine how identity and privilege sway our professional decision-making and interactions. Racism has shaped our discipline from its beginning, and we cannot shirk the work required to address it. Our commitment to practical and moral change must be manifest in the work we choose to do, in our research, and in our teaching. It is time to transform cultural heritage conservation.

With specialized knowledge that gives us a unique perspective on cultural heritage, we have the skills, abilities, and tools to explore alternatives to what was the norm in 2020 and develop a more engaged, critical, and just discipline. We can push ourselves and our colleagues toward more challenging work. These efforts will also allow our field to confront other critical issues more effectively, such as climate change, sustainability, and developing and implementing treatments and preservation practices that do more with less.

For the general sessions of our 2021 annual conference, we are seeking session and paper submissions that challenge “normal” and “normalizing.” How can we transform our field, and how can our work transform the world? Let’s imagine and share projects that incite and foster institutional change; create inclusive and welcoming environments in our museums and studios; and take on big challenges, whether they do so in ways that are large or small.

Structure

  • We have grouped sessions into subject modules, which we will present in Zoom (with automated closed captioning). View the schedule above for more information.
  • SPNHC Sessions
    Read through this guide to our joint meeting with the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.
  • Workshops
    We are excited to offer seven workshops in conjunction with the 2021 AIC Virtual Meeting.