ICA Roma 2022

September 19th – 23rd, Italy

Welcome to the ICA Roma 2022 official website!

We are very pleased to invite you to the 2022 ICA Conference in Rome, Italy.

Together with Symposia Srl, in partnership with the DGA (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi – Italian General Direction of Archives) and ANAI (Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana – National Association of Italian Archivists), in cooperation with CBI (Convention Bureau Italia) and CBRL (Convention Bureau Roma e Lazio), it would be an honor to have the possibility to be in charge of the organization of this important event.

Rome has no need for presentation: the only city in the world to be the capital of two states, Italy and the Vatican City, “Caput Mundi” since the Roman Empire, one of the major historical, artistic, and cultural centers in the world, visited by millions of people every year, the seat of twelve universities, several international institutions as well as many international business companies.

Italy has a long and rich archival tradition, due to the undeniable cultural wealth of the country and to the excellence of researchers that have made the history of archival science.

Our country hosted the last ICA Conference in 1987, so 2022 will be the year of the return of the Council in Italy and are very excited about this opportunity.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Rome!

Massimo Cruciotti
President SOS Archivi

ARCHIVES: BRIDGING THE GAP

Contemporary societies are characterized more than ever by diversity—a myriad of different communities, cultures, languages, institutions and technologies interact in a common space and make up our complex societies. Bridging the gap between global and local, public and private, centre and periphery, majority and minority, duties and rights, hi-tech and low-tech – to name a few – is key to the development of a society where all different components coexist and thrive.

Archives play a fundamental role in this scenario since they embed and represent the values of a society – in a word, its identity – in a dynamic way. They are not passive containers of our memory. They are rather proactive agents that shape our memory. Therefore, they are a strategic factor for bridging the gaps. On the other hand, archives have to face the internal gaps that affect their mission and hamper their use—in a world of ever-changing technologies archives are striving to manage new objects, formats, and techniques.

The challenges are not easy. Archives need to:

  • bridge the digital gap and deal with new and disruptive technologies, methods and environments (such as blockchain, big data analytics, Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence, algorithmic techniques, and gamification);
  • bridge the cultural gap so that minorities, new cultures, professional identities, emerging values (such as sustainable living), and new forms of cooperation, work organization and education can find their space; and
  • bridge the democracy gap so to get citizens and institutions closer, empower citizens, enforce rights and shorten the distance between personal and collective memory.

If archives succeed in bridging these gaps, they will be a bridge to the future.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 29th November 2021– Call for submissions opening

  • March 2022 – Conference online registration opening

  • 21st March 2022 – Call for submissions deadline

  • 21st May 2022 – Notification of acceptance

  • 10th June 2022 – Authors’ registration deadline

  • 10th July 2022 – Early Bird deadline

  • 11th July 2022 – 13th September 2022 – Regular fees online

  • 19th – 21st September 2022 – ICA Meetings

  • 21st – 23rd September 2022 – ICA Conference