The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists – The Past is Present – will take place May 8-10, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Miami, Dolphin Mall.

Call for Proposals

The 2019 Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting Committee invites proposals for live sessions and poster presentations. Along with any aspect of archival practice, the Committee highly encourages session proposals addressing how the archives community is providing access to the past for a better understanding of the present, for example, recasting narratives, revisiting history, etc.

Presentation Format:

  • Individual papers. 10-15 minutes in length and typically combined into a 45-minute session followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Papers in a complete panel session. Two or three papers with a common theme and a chair/moderator, comprising a 45-minute session followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Discussion-based panel sessions. Visual or media presentations (e.g., videos, films, physical items from collections) followed by group discussion. One to three presenters may comprise a single session.
  • Lightning talks. Short individual talks given in rapid succession, followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Poster sessions. Visual displays of projects, activities, or applied or theoretical research, to be incorporated into a larger poster session.
  • Other formats. Hands-on demonstrations or other formats that encourage engagement and conversation.

Proposal Criteria:

Submissions should be simple narratives of no more than 300 words that explain the purpose of the session, the intended audience, and how the session will proceed. You need not name specific presenters, but a designated chair or moderator must be identified. Please include that individual’s contact information (institution, mailing address, email, and phone). Preference will be given to session proposals that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • A strong connection to the program’s theme
  • Inclusion of geographically and demographically diverse perspectives and initiatives.
  • Potential impact on archives and records management practice.
  • Relevance of the topic for society members and other interested attendees.
  • Interaction and engagement with session participants.
  • Presenters need not be SFA members, but will be expected to arrange their own conference registration, travel, and accommodations.

Proposals are due by the end of the day Friday, March 1, 2019.

Questions regarding your submission, proposal criteria, or the submission process should be addressed to Annia Gonzalez ( or Mary Rubin (

To submit a proposal, please go to

[PDF version of the Call for Proposals for the 2019 Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting]

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