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Community Archives Conference 2022: Call for papers

National University of Ireland, Galway
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Encouraged by the gradual safe return to live events we are delighted to be offering CAHG2022 as in person conference. We will be co-hosting with the Irish Community Archive Network, Galway County Council, and Hardman Library NUI Galway. The event will be set within the excellent facilities and beautiful parkland campus of NUI Galway Conference and Event Centre. Our conference is an annual celebration of the richness and diversity of community archives and heritage across the UK and Ireland, attracting participants from groups, organisations, institutions and individuals who are passionate about the difference and change we can make when working together and learning from one another.


We will explore community connectedness, collaboration and mutual support: following the concept of Meitheal – the Irish word for a work team, gang or party; it denotes the traditional co-operative labour system in Ireland where groups of neighbours help each other in turn with farming work.

Call for papers

We want to showcase great projects, to stimulate debate, to grow connections, and to promote our sector to others. We will also be announcing the winners of the CAHG 2022 Awards.

We welcome submissions from individuals, groups or organisations who are interested in contributing to, or helping to lead, sessions on Saturday 16 July 2022. We are keen to hear from both grass-root members and heritage professionals. Joint presentations are welcome. Recordings of previous CAHG Conferences can be seen here.

Suggested topics for presentations include (but are not limited to):

  • Building, sustaining and supporting a community in a project that makes connections between people, landscape, place, time, archives and heritage; including migration stories and diasporic archives.
  • Creating emotional and wellbeing connections with heritage and archives by creating opportunities for sharing knowledge, memory and remembrance.
    Collaborating across organisations and groups in a project or network that involves people as co-creators.
  • Creating connections between people with different knowledge and skills, and diverse backgrounds, and equipping them with the resources and know-how to stay involved.
  • Community-based heritage and archive projects which seek to connect and build collaborations across divided communities.

To submit a proposal for a paper

  • Email Andrew Flinn with the title of your paper and an abstract/summary of up to 150 words. Include your name and contact details in your submission, and brief biographical details.
  • Advise if you have any additional requirements, needs, or logistical/technical support.
  • Confirm your availability to attend in person (assistance with travel expenses will be available) or if you wish to submit a recorded presentation.
  • Consider the delivery and format or your paper – as well as single and joint presentations of c.30 minutes duration (shorter presentations are also welcome), we are keen to receive ideas for panel discussions, breakout workshops, and more.

We are hoping to offer a display of posters to showcase the work of groups. We can provide guidelines, templates and examples of posters, and will print it for you (A1 size). It’s something for you to keep for other outreach events.  Please contact Jane Golding if you would like to register your interest.

With your help we will create an exciting and memorable day of talks with a plentiful exchange of ideas. Please share this invitation with others.

The deadline for submission is 29th April 2002. Confirmation of papers will be made by 13th May 2022.

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