Call for Papers: EPOCH Student Symposium


Engaging in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (EPOCH) Student Symposium

September 24-25, 2010

School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

Engaging in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (EPOCH) Student Symposium aims to bring together an international group of graduate students who are involved in the research and practice of protecting cultural heritage. In order to prevent the loss of material and intangible culture due to both human and natural causes, EPOCH will engage a new generation of scholars in the practices and methodologies necessary to preserve our cultural legacies for today and the future. The two-day conference will allow students from diverse backgrounds in heritage protection studies (including library and archival science, museum studies, architecture history, anthropology, and art conservation) to share findings, pose questions, and develop collegial networks. In order to encourage further dialogue, presenters’ papers and posters will be published in an online format after the symposium.


Registration is free and travel funds will be available for presenters.  However, we do ask that all presenters and participants register at our website:  Confirmation emails will be sent to all registered participants two weeks prior to the symposium to verify attendance.


The conference organizers invite Master’s and Ph.D. students and recent post-doctoral scholars to submit papers for both individual and panel presentations.  In consideration of the EPOCH Student Symposium theme, papers with any of the following or related subjects would be appropriate for presentation:

  • What is cultural heritage?
  • Conservation science
  • Architectural preservation
  • A/V preservation: film, video
  • Intellectual property, intellectual commons
  • Selection for preservation: politics, psychology of collecting, connoisseurship
  • International preservation research, projects, & collaborations
  • Custodial and post-custodial care
  • Community outreach to preserve cultural heritage
  • Preservation of intangible culture
  • Tangible/intangible dialectic
  • Museum studies: environments, exhibit design, organization, ethnography
  • Digital & new media
  • Policy, public affairs, & preservation

Paper and Panel Submission Guidelines

  • The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, May 14, 2010.  Selected presenters will be notified by mid-June.  Conference organizers reserve the right to combine paper presentations into panels.
  • Proposals should be 250-300 words (maximum of 500 words for panels) and include a cover sheet with the title of the paper, name and affiliation of the presenter(s), a primary email contact, mailing address, and phone number.  Do not include any personal or contact information anywhere else on the submission.
  • Proposals may be submitted via email to epoch [dot] student [at] or via regular mail to the following address:


c/o Lorrie Dong

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information
1616 Guadalupe Suite #5.202
Austin, TX 78701-1213

Presentation formats

  • Paper sessions:  Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes to deliver his/her paper, followed by a brief question and answer session.
  • Panel sessions:  Panels will consist of three or four presenters.  Each presenter will have 8-10 minutes for their presentation, followed by a question and answer session at the end of the panel.


  • EPOCH invites the submission of poster abstracts that address any of the topics listed under the call for papers.  The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is Friday, May 14, 2010.  Poster presenters will be notified by mid-June, 2010.

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