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2022 Call for Submissions

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?

Call for Sessions and Papers

Concurrent General Session Topics and Session Organizers – Due July 19, 2021
If you are interested in proposing a themed set of talks for a Concurrent General Session, please submit a short abstract (200 words) via email to Cory Rogge, annual meeting program chair ( and Ruth Seyler, AIC Meetings & Advocacy Director ( 

Make sure to identify the title, topic, and goals of the session. If your session is accepted, we expect you to serve as the session’s chair, moderate the session in Los Angeles, CA, and serve on the 2022 program committee.

Oral Presentations and Poster Abstracts – Due September 17, 2021

We will post the full call in late July. It will include:

  • The selected Concurrent General Session options.
  • Detailed Specialty Session descriptions.
  • The Call for Workshops, Pre-sessions, and special sessions proposals.

The submission portal for abstracts for papers will open on or before August 1, 2021. Please check back for updates. In the meantime, learn more about our Abstract Review process.

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. We will include more information on the virtual component and whether or not presenters will need to present live and in-person when the abstract submission process opens.