There’s still time to send in a submission…*

Call For Papers

Deadline: All proposals for papers must be received by 31st March 2008.

There will be three types of papers considered for the 2008 conference programme:

Invited Papers: A number of keynote speakers will be invited to participate.

Full Papers: A paper addressing one of the stated themes (see below). Full papers should last 20 minutes.

Exhibition Papers: Papers will be issued to delegates and presented as part of an exhibition and trade fair session on August 28th. Presenters will be expected to discuss their papers with delegates and will be provided with an opportunity to demonstrate an audio-visual or online resource (digitisation, electronic archive, database, etc). Roving French/English interpreters will be available.

All presenters will be listed in the conference programme and their papers will be published in the subsequent published Proceedings.

Conference Themes

Papers on the following themes will be welcomed:

The ephemeral nature of performing arts documentation and examples of projects which have attempted to present documentary material in an innovative way, in traditional or electronic formats.

Lessons to be learned from other disciplines and cultures about the challenge of recording intangible heritage.

Examples of innovative methods of collecting evidence through, for example, reminiscence work; oral history projects; proactive collecting through close collaboration with performing artists, etc.

Exercises in recording the whole process – in creating a production from the initial idea through to public performance.

The special characteristics of specific forms of documentary materials: such as costumes, photographs, designs, etc, and their reliability as a source of evidence.


Re-staging and reconstructions as a means of reliving theatrical performance.

Format for Proposals


Please complete the Proposal Form and e-mail to sibmas@rsamd.ac.uk. All proposals must

be submitted in full by 31st March 2008.

An expert panel from SIBMAS’s executive committee will consider proposals. Prospective

presenters will be contacted by 28th April 2008 with the panel’s decision.

*Image credit: The City of Glasgow Pavilion at the 1938 Empire Exhibition from the NYPL Digital Gallery, Digital Record ID 1525311.

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