ICA Yaoundé 2018 : « Archives : Governance, memory, and heritage »

The International Council on Archives will hold its 5th Annual Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 26 to 30 November 2018.

The ICA Yaoundé 2018 Annual Conference promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Featuring a mosaic of cultures and traditions, Cameroon enjoys a diverse economy and stunning landscapes from its southern forests to its western highlands. A gateway to the African continent, Cameroon is a country with two official languages, French and English, and almost 200 African dialects.

The ICA Programme Committee hereby invites proposals for presentations, panel sessions, workshops, and other contributions related to the three conference themes : Governance, Memory, and Heritage. Within these three themes, the conference will focus on two additional topics : Pan-African issues in archives and the challenge of sustainable development. Please read on for information on the conference topics.

We request that you complete your application by no later than 31 March 2018 (23:59:59 CET). The Programme Committee will only consider submissions received via this platform. Instructions on how to submit are contained in the submission platform.

The Programme Committee may combine single presentations together to form panel sessions as appropriate. Proposals for other types of contributions should be submitted using the option for single presentations.

Papers may be submitted in French or English. Please note that those selected to present will be required to register for and attend the conference. Membership in the ICA is not required in order to attend or present, but typically ICA members enjoy a reduced registration fee.

Questions about possible submissions may be directed to the Programme Committee via Jessica Squires, Programme Officer, ICA, at squires chez

Further information on the conference will be available on the ICA website in the coming weeks.

Governance, memory, and heritage

The conference in Yaoundé will be the first time the ICA Annual Conference is held in Africa. To make the most of this unique opportunity, the ICA aims to bring together specialists and professionals from around the world with African experts and decision makers to address issues of governance, memory, and heritage, with a particular focus on Pan-African issues in archives and on issues of sustainable development.

Quality of life, economic growth, and social development all depend on good governance, effective planning, and respect for justice and the rule of law, which depend in turn on accountable, transparent, and efficient records and archives management. While issues of governance, memory, and heritage affect archival and records operations everywhere, archival institutions across Africa face specific challenges in securing sustainable funding and support for this important work. In many African countries, archives strive to achieve the status they deserve, alongside other priorities, such as health, education, and security.

In Africa, as in other parts of the world, the success of national and international investment in capacity building and development depends on good governance, which relies on trustworthy and effective records management and systems. Further, national and regional growth and prosperity depend on the long-term preservation and management of individual and collective memory and on the protection of society’s documentary heritage, especially in Africa’s multicultural and multilinguistic societies. The Yaoundé conference will consider these issues of governance, memory, and heritage with a specific focus on Pan-African experiences in archives.

As well, the Yaoundé conference will focus on fundamental questions of sustainable development. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 – “peace, justice and strong institutions” – aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.” The conference will consider the role of records, archives, and documentary heritage in promoting the rule of law ; providing equal access to justice ; developing transparent and accountable institutions ; ensuring the survival of a collective memory ; and serving the goal of universal access to information and knowledge.

ICA Yaoundé 2018 provides an exceptional opportunity for records and archives professionals from around the world to address these issues of governance, memory, and heritage in the dynamic, multicultural environment of this vibrant West African city. African and international experts and decision-makers will come together to share ideas, discuss common concerns, and develop concrete proposals for action to support and improve archival and records operations across the diverse regions of Africa. These proposals might address such matters as continuing professional development, funding for archival and records research, the role and application of standards, policies and tools for archival work, and the practical application of digital technologies for records and archives operations.

Page créée le mardi 30 janvier 2018, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret.

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