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2022 Call for Submissions - Closed

Deadline: Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 11:59 PM

Late submissions will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Ruth Seyler - if you would like to submit a late abstract. 

Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the American Institute for Conservation. The field of cultural heritage preservation has grown immeasurably since 1972, with the introduction of new treatment methodologies, analytical techniques, and conservation materials. During this time span, the nature of the objects and sites we deal with has changed and our philosophies surrounding their care have necessarily evolved. We also must acknowledge that we are facing increasingly global issues such as climate change, social justice, and mass displacement and migration of peoples, all requiring new approaches and collaborations with other fields and stakeholder communities.

As we celebrate and reflect on AIC’s first fifty years, we invite introspective and innovative contributions to:

  • Examine with modern eyes the history of field, its practice, and practitioners.
  • Address concerns we are facing now.
  • Explore and imagine our next half century.

Where do we want AIC to be in the year 2072? What lessons can we learn from the past that will help guide our field into the future? What should our priorities and goals be? What steps should we take, and which frameworks should we build, to achieve those goals and shape our field for the next fifty years?

Session Types

We routinely update the pages above. Check back periodically to stay up-to-date. In the meantime, learn more about our Abstract Review process or visit our Submission Instructions for more information.

Virtual Component

We realize that some attendees may not be able to participate in our in-person meeting in Los Angeles in 2022, which is why we plan to live-stream the opening session as well as some of the concurrent general and specialty sessions and make recordings of these sessions available later on-demand. Virtual attendees can access them at a reduced rate. More information coming soon.