[artinfo] CFP - The Challenge of Preservation in the Digital Age

Sophie Le-Phat Ho veryseriousmail at yahoo.ca
Wed Apr 23 19:24:44 CEST 2008

Call for Papers

Media in Motion:
The Challenge of Preservation in the Digital Age

October 29, 2008

McGill University
Montreal, Quebec

The DOCAM (Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage) Research
Alliance and Media at McGill invite submissions of abstracts for the presentation
of papers at the inaugural Media in Motion Symposium. The interdisciplinary
event aims to bring together graduate students across the sciences, humanities,
and social sciences in order to explore the many facets of media art
preservation. To that end, submissions related to the conference theme, ”The
Challenge of Preservation in the Digital Age,” are strongly encouraged.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Archival Practices
- Challenges of Audio, Film, Video, and Digital Media Preservation
- Cultural Influences, Impacts, and Considerations
- Cultural Property Law
- Digital Preservation and Cultural Memory
- Digitization of the Humanities
- Effects on Artistic Practices
- Ethical, Social, and Philosophical Concerns
- Preservation Strategies and Techniques
- Future Trends and Directions

As the symposium will be held in conjunction with the Annual International
DOCAM Summit (on October 30-31, 2008, at McGill University), preference will be
given to proposals that address issues related to the alliance’s activities.
For more information on DOCAM and its mandate, please visit

All presented papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume of
the proceedings. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance.

Proposals should include a title; the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of
the author; an abstract of 300 words; and a brief statement explaining how the
paper fits within the research priorities of DOCAM. Submissions in English or
French are welcome. Please send proposals by May 31, 2008 to Marilyn Terzic at
docam.symposium at mac.com.

DOCAM is an international research alliance on the documentation and the
conservation of the media arts heritage, initiated by the Daniel Langlois
Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology. Its main objective is to develop
new methodologies and tools to address the issues of preserving and documenting
digital, technological, and electronic works of art.

Media at McGill is a hub of research, scholarship, and public outreach on issues
and controversies in media, technology, and culture. Based in the Department of
Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Media at McGill is
supported by a range of sources, most notably a generous gift from the
Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. For more information, please visit

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