Call for Applicatio​ns: Archival Education & Research Institute 2014, University of Pittsburgh

We are now accepting applications from doctoral students and faculty engaged in Archival Studies, broadly conceived, to attend the sixth annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), which will be hosted at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences from July 14 to July 18, 2014.

Funded by two four-year grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, annual week-long Institutes are being hosted by partner institutions. Past institutes were held at UCLA (2009, 2012), the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2010), Simmons College (2011), and the University of Texas Austin (2013). The future host for AERI will be the University of Maryland College Park (2015). The Institutes are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. Institutes are open to all academic faculty and doctoral students working in Archival Studies, both nationally and internationally.

AERI is also designed to encourage the creation of a larger and more diverse cohort of doctoral students in Archival Studies. The Emerging Archival Scholars Program (2011-2015) provides up to six scholarships to attend AERI 2014 as well as additional mentoring and research opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are considering a doctoral degree in Archival Studies. American citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who can share insights that assist in the diversification of Archival Studies. Additional funds will be available to support of international students and faculty who wish to attend AERI; these funds are being provided through the generous support of Preservation Technologies, L.P., and the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences (the iSc!
hool at Pitt).

The goal of AERI is to advance the field of Archival Studies in the following ways:

1. Create a dynamic community of researchers, teachers, and students to help mentor doctoral students and faculty in areas such as thesis preparation, grant writing, publishing, and career development.
2. Advance curriculum development in Archival Studies.
3. Further current research development through presentations, posters, and workshop activities.
4. Foster interest in future collaborations both nationally and internationally.

AERI 2014 looks forward to a dynamic conference that brings together national and international scholars engaged in Archival Studies. There will be plenaries focusing on everything from the Grand Challenges facing the archival profession to the future of archival work and education. A special feature of AERI 2014 will be the inaugural Bernadette Callery Archives Lecture Series. Bernadette was a beloved colleague who was a faculty member at the iSchool at Pitt and an active and enthusiastic supporter of AERI from its inception. This lecture is funded by a bequest from Bernadette. There are also plans to published selected papers from the conference in cooperation with Litwin Press.

Applications to present a research paper, poster, or workshop can be accessed at http://aeri.gseis.ucla.edu/2014.html. Additional information about the conference can be found at this website; updates to the conference program and the other activities associated with it will be regularly made as they are finalized. Deadline to apply to attend the conference and to propose a workshop is February 15, 2014 or to present a poster or paper is March 1, 2014 (please note that the deadlines for these different proposals differ).

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