CFP: The Association for Recorded Sound Collections 56th Annual Conference and Workshops

Calls for Submissions

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections invites proposals for speaker presentations, posters, and panel discussions at its 57th annual conference, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 17-20, 2023.

ARSC welcomes proposals on any aspect of sound recording. In recognition of their host city, they especially encourage presentations across all genres and eras that highlight composers, broadcasters, musicians, performers, record labels, studios, songwriters, and personalities from the greater Pennsylvania area of the United States.

They invite sound recording scholars, collectors, preservationists, and creators to engage in a broad range of topics that cross geographic, cultural, and collection boundaries. They seek presentations that are informative, display a passion for their subjects, and include compelling audio and/or audiovisual content.

In addition, the Program Committee seeks proposals pertaining to:

  • Discographies, record label and/or artist histories from all genres and eras, and the life and times of lesser-known audio formats.
  • Watershed moments in history, either recorded sound history or documentation of history through recorded sound.
  • Innovative research, preservation and access projects, community-based archiving initiatives, digital humanities, cultural approaches to sound recordings, soundscapes, etc.
  • The challenges of born-digital materials and emerging sound recording formats and genres (collecting, producing, promoting, archiving, and curating).
  • Advancements in audio production and preservation tools and techniques for legacy and digital formats.

Share your special interests and expertise with their engaged community of archivists, audio engineers, collectors, historians, musicians, and preservationists.

The deadline for presentation proposals is January 6, 2023. Presenters will be notified of acceptance approximately one month thereafter.

To submit your proposal, complete this form:

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Please direct questions to Yuri Shimoda, ARSC Program Chair: [email protected]

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