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Specialty Sessions

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The following Specialty Sessions accept abstracts on the meeting theme.

  • Architecture
  • Architecture + Objects Joint Session
  • Book and Paper
  • Collection Care
  • Contemporary Art Network (CAN!)
  • CAN! + Electronic Media Joint Session
  • Electronic Media
  • Challenges and Rewards in Installing and Managing Exhibits in Egypt
  • Objects
  • Objects/Archaeology DG
  • Paintings

  • Photographic Materials
  • Posters
  • Research & Technical Studies
  • Research & Technical Studies, Wooden Artifacts, + Contemporary Art Joint Session
  • Sustainability
  • Textiles
  • Textiles + Wooden Artifacts Joint Session
  • Wooden Artifacts

Specific Calls


In addition to papers centered around the conference theme, ASG is holding a   

Photogrammetry Session
In the past decade, photogrammetry has become an increasingly accessible and affordable documentation tool. This has led to the widespread application of photogrammetry to the documentation of wall paintings, mosaics and other large-scale decorated surfaces. However, there are numerous challenges to site-based work and inherent difficulties in faithfully recording both the three-dimensional geometry and the two-dimensional features of a decorated surface. As a result, photogrammetric workflows need to be customized to fit the needs of each site. Furthermore, the uses for photogrammetric survey data are also evolving through innovative approaches that enhance not only how we document objects and surfaces but also how we monitor and study them. With the rapid adoption and enormous potential of photogrammetry in the conservation of wall paintings and mosaics, this session explores solutions for its use in site-based work and highlights how it advances conservation practice. Photogrammetry made its first appearance at the 40th Annual Meeting in 2012 and has been featured in presentations nearly every year since. This session aims to pull together case studies that illustrate how photogrammetry has been adapted to meet the inherent challenges of documenting large-scale surfaces and how the resulting data can be used to improve conservation practice.

Book and Paper

The Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) seeks abstracts for the 50th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, May 13-17, 2022.

This year's Book and Paper Group sessions are expected to include:

  • BPG session presentations
  • BPG related programming during lunch sessions, and pre or post conference workshops.  
  • Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG)
  • Library and Archives Conservation Discussion Group (LACDG)
  • Wiki session
  • BPG Evening Reception

Abstracts for BPG session presentations may be related to the 2022 meeting theme, Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future,  may touch on the 50th Anniversary of AIC, or may address other aspects of the conservation of art on paper, archival materials, bound volumes, manuscripts, or similar materials. Abstracts are encouraged from anyone with an interest or role in conservation, including current BPG members, other Specialty Group members, and related professionals.

We also welcome proposals for panels or discussions on a theme. If you wish to propose a panel, please include the names of proposed panelists in your abstract, with a brief description of the topic or perspective each panelist will address.

Final scheduling will be determined at a later date, but all presentations will be either 15 or 25 minutes with additional time for questions. We hope a combination of differently timed talks will both enliven our program and allow for more time for discussion.

Challenges and Rewards in Installing and Managing Exhibits in Egypt

Exhibitions in museums are one of the most important ways that museums connect both tourists and locals with a nation’s culture, civilization, and history. Preserving cultural heritage, whether architectural or movable, has become a human responsibility that every country must contribute to, and Egypt lives with this responsibility in our daily care of the ancient Egyptian artifacts.  However, preserving cultural heritage is no longer limited to a museum context only; the involvement of local communities is critical, and such engagement can have significant economic and social returns for a country.

In this special Egypt focused session, we are requesting talks regarding:

  • Technical and logistical issues with designing and implementing exhibitions in Egyptian museums
  • Balancing the goals of an exhibition for both tourists and locals
  • Navigating the conservation needs of objects with the need to display them to the public
  • Involvement of local communities during exhibition planning and implementation.

We excited to offer this first Egyptian focused session. However, as always talks on Egyptian materials or by Egyptian presenters are welcome in all sessions. Abstracts and talks will need to be in English.

Collection Care Network 

In its specialty sessions, Collection Care Network (CCN) will build upon the themes presented in its Concurrent General Session – Preventive Conservation, Monitoring, and Access: Evolution and Change. We are looking for papers that explore our views about how we monitor and set up parameters for exhibition, storage, and collections preservation using case studies. We welcome abstracts in the following areas:

  • Scenarios describing collection care, display, and storage solutions with a preventive focus, as well as public access to collections.
  • Current trends in object and environmental monitoring
  • Risk assessment and innovative solutions to mitigation
  • Future trends in preventive care; new solutions to old problems

We are also calling for short contributions to the STASHc website via the Poster session: Anyone who can submit a STASH solution will be asked to participate in the Poster session with a presentation that can be easily transferred to the website.

Contemporary Art Network

The Contemporary Art Network seeks proposals for a CAN! specialty session of AIC’s 50th Annual Meeting, “Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future.” Papers may examine the material, social, technical, philosophical, and legal considerations of contemporary art conservation.  

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Contemporary art specialization within the context of the conservation field
  • Innovative treatments; preservation of contemporary media and formats 
  • Collaboration with artists, studios, fabricators, artists’ estates, and other stakeholders 
  • Developments in documentation practices
  • Theoretical and ethical considerations
  • The ecosystem of contemporary art; and beyond...

In the spirit of mutual learning, substantive works-in-progress and open questions are welcome and encouraged. Shorter presentation formats are possible. Salient proposals outside the scope of the meeting’s theme will also be considered for this session.

(For other ways to participate in CAN!’s sessions for the upcoming meeting, see calls-for-papers for the CAN!/General Session, the CAN!/EMG Joint Session, and the CAN!/WAG/RATS Joint Session.)

CAN! + EMG Joint Session Call for Papers

Seeking proposals for a special joint session between the Contemporary Art Network and Electronic Media Group to take place at the 2022 AIC Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for May 13-17, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. Proposals from outside contemporary art and electronic media are welcome and encouraged:

The powers that be: Conservation’s role – and responsibility – in shaping the historical narrative (CAN!/EMG Joint Session)

In keeping with the annual meeting theme “Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future”, the 2022 CAN!/EMG Joint Session is seeking submissions that critically interrogate the ways in which the conservation of contemporary art intersects with the social and economic power structures that shape the history we steward. In what ways do we rationalize our tacit complicity in perpetuating systems of capitalism, social inequality, and environmental degradation? How might we act on the moral imperative to reconcile our ideals of preserving a “true” human story with the realities of the complex and very human global society of which we are a part? What potential alternatives to our existing methods and models of collecting and care might reduce this disjunct? 

While flagship institutions continue to direct resources to collecting and preserving representative artworks by the “blue chip” artists anointed by mega-galleries, many artworks and cultural resources are being forgotten. What heritage of value – beyond that instilled by the market – is at risk of being lost? From cloud storage to lithium mines, how might we divest from collection care infrastructure that profits Big Tech, a global military-industrial complex, and multinational corporations destroying our planet? What – if any – role should artwork carbon footprints play in our acquisition, collection care, and loan policies? In what ways do we find ourselves complicit with abuses of labor and systems of colonialism and extortion in our daily practices, and what professional power do we have to alter this? If our codes of ethics extend beyond an equal duty of care to collection objects, how do we balance the needs of artworks (and their “integrity”) against the well-being, security, and wholeness of our communities and planet? Do we have an ethical responsibility to leverage and redirect our finite time and resources, and how might we achieve this?

Electronic Media

EMG Call For Papers - AIC 2022 Los Angeles

The Electronic Media Group (EMG) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is calling for papers for our specialty group sessions at the 50th annual meeting to be held May 13th to 17th in Los Angeles, California. 

In celebration of AIC’s 50th annual meeting the theme will be "Reflecting on the past, imagining the future" (

Under this theme the Electronic Media Group is soliciting contributions for our specialty group sessions that look back on the past fifty years of conservation and consider what our goals and priorities should be for the next fifty years. Topics may include but are by no means restricted to:

  • Critical reflection on the histories of current practices of care, the theoretical and ethical frameworks that underpin them, and the ways in which they are historically situated.
  • Concerns about the future of our field, particularly around issues of environmental sustainability and social justice and the ways these issues intersect with the preservation of cultural heritage involving electronic and time-based media.
  • Structural inequalities within our field and workplaces, and concrete steps (both within and outside institutional settings) to promote greater diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
  • Anticipating future directions of technological innovation, emerging technologies that may become cultural heritage, and the many benefits and challenges technological change poses to the conservation of electronic and time-based media.

Submissions that address topics falling within the meeting’s theme are encouraged, but we will consider other relevant topics related to the conservation of artworks and other works of cultural heritage that employ historic or emerging audiovisual media, digital media, and electric or electronic technologies. This encompasses time-based media artworks (which may involve video, audio, slide and film, electronics, electric light, motors, interactivity, performance, software and internet elements), digital or digitally-generated objects, and electric/electronic technologies of historical significance.

Abstracts should be submitted through the AIC website: 

Editing will still be permitted once the abstract has been uploaded. Abstracts will be published in the Meeting Abstract Book. Papers to be published in the AIC postprint publication (Electronic Media Review) will be due over the summer following the meeting.

Authors of accepted papers will be required to secure their own travel funds to the annual meeting,. EMG will be able to fund some members with speaker stipends to individuals who are able to travel to Los Angeles. To be considered for this speaker travel stipend, you must apply via FAIC (link to be communicated soon) and use the funds for travel-related expenses. 

Grants and scholarships are also available through AIC. Please explore this link for information:

Conscious of the current and likely future travel limitations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and in effort to extend participation to our entire community, EMG will consider equally proposals for virtual and in-person presentations. Live presentations are encouraged but recorded presentations will also be equally considered.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 17, 2021.


The Objects Specialty Group (OSG) seeks abstracts for the upcoming 2022 AIC Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA from May 13-17.

The year 2022 marks AIC’s 50th anniversary.  For this meeting, we are seeking abstracts that follow the conference theme of, “Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future,” as well as archaeological-focused abstracts for a joint session between the OSG and ADG (Archaeological Discussion Group). Talks are to be a maximum of 25 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes for questions.

Topic might include:

  • Examining with modern eyes the history of the field, its practice, and practitioners.
  • Treatments and practices that address the social, economic, and environmental concerns we are facing now.
  • Explore and imagine our next half century.
  • Contemporary approaches to the preservation and treatment of archaeological objects, structures, and sites.
  • Case Studies involving the inclusion of partnerships with archaeological professionals and collaboration across disciplines are strongly encouraged.

If you have a fantastic project you would love to share but does not fit these themes, please feel free to submit it! All abstracts will be considered.

We are currently planning for an in-person meeting in Los Angeles; however, we understand that travel could still be difficult in May 2022, particularly to the USA from countries outside of North America. In these special cases, we will work with accepted authors to see if we can make alternate arrangements for remote presentation.

Abstract submissions should be no more than 500 words with an additional speaker biography of up to 300 words. Submissions are due by Friday, September 17, 2021 and can be submitted here. (add link Please note that accepted authors are strongly encouraged to submit a written version of their presentation for publication in the OSG Annual Meeting Post Prints following the Annual Meeting.

OSG also hopes to hold a Tips session during the conference, so please consider tips you might want to share with your colleagues. A separate call for tips will be made later in the year.  

For questions or more information, please contact OSG Program Chair, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon (

Research & Technical Studies

Submissions of original work related to the topics below are encouraged, although papers otherwise related to any aspect of research and technical studies of cultural heritage will be considered.

  • Joint Sessions of RATS/WAG/CAN! (see below)
  • Research relating to development of new technologies or new uses for older analytical techniques
  • Reevaluation of past analyses, interpretation of data, or past conversation treatment methodologies
  • Unique ways to engage with and visualize analytical data
  • Submissions empowering diverse scholarship through the study of cultural heritage beyond Anglo-European artifacts and methodologies are especially welcome

Please contact Jane E Klinger (RATS Program Chair, ) or Katherine Schilling (RATS Assistant Program Chair, ) with any questions. 

Research & Technical Studies, Wooden Artifacts + Contemporary Art Joint Session

RATS, WAG, and CAN! invite papers related to the conference theme “Reflecting on the Past Imagining the Future” in the context of the technical investigation of wood, wooden artifacts, and wood components found in contemporary art. Submissions related to the topics below are encouraged, though others related to the session will also be considered.

  • Research on the material characteristics or ageing properties of wood.
  • Recent advancements in the analysis of wood, wooden artifacts, and their decorative surfaces
  • Challenges in the use of wood in contemporary art
  • Collaborations among conservation scientists, conservators, and/or artists
  • Submissions empowering diverse scholarship through the study of cultural heritage beyond Anglo-European artifacts and methodologies are especially welcome

If you have questions, ideas, or comments, please contact Jane Klinger (RATS Program Chair, ), Liz Peirce (WAG Program Chair,, or Jennifer Hickey (CAN! Program Chair,

Textile + Wooden Artifacts Joint Session

The Textile Specialty Group and Wooden Artifacts Group invite you to submit papers for a Joint Specialty Session at the AIC Annual Meeting in Los Angeles May 13-17, 2022. Focusing on this year's theme of "Reflecting the Past, Imagining the Future," TSG and WAG are seeking papers on the following topics on the history and evolution of upholstery conservation and reflection on past treatments, potentially offered as a panel discussion. We are also welcoming any submissions on recent or current treatments, analysis, technical studies, or discussions of exhibition or display challenges of upholstered materials. 

Wooden Artifacts

The Wooden Artifacts Group (WAG) invites you to submit abstracts for the WAG specialty session at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles from May 13-17, 2022. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of AIC, we are seeking abstracts on this year's theme of reflecting on past treatments in relation to the conservation of furniture, wooden objects, architectural woodwork, musical instruments, and lacquer. In particular, we are interested in the retreatment of objects, how treatment decisions and materials have changed due to material availability or advances in analysis, and how treatment history has impacted future treatment decisions. Abstracts about ongoing projects or research are also welcome.