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School of Library and Information Science to Host International Document Academy Conference

Posted Feb. 3, 2014

Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science will host the 11th annual meeting of the Document Academy (DOCAM) from Aug. 7-9 with an optional preconference gathering on the evening of Aug. 6. Co-chairs of this year's conference are Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Jodi Kearns, Ph.D., adjunct instructor in Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science.

The Document Academy originated as a co-sponsored effort by the Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromso, Norway, and the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. Members of the organization represent an international network of scholars, artists and professionals in various fields who are interested in the exploration of the concept of the document as a resource for scholarly, artistic and professional work.

The Document Academy fosters a multidisciplinary space for experimental and critical research on the document in the widest sense, drawing on scholarship, traditions and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education and natural science, and from diverse fields, such as information, media, museum, archives, culture and science studies.

The theme of this year's meeting is "Documents Without Borders," which embodies the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary natures of document studies. In this light, the program committee encourages proposals promoting document discourse that is open to all formats, contents and disciplines.

The 2014 conference at Kent State will include a new feature that takes advantage of the unique facilities offered in the School of Library and Information Science. For the "DOCAM’14 Instantiation," the planning committee design and arrange a three-dimensional space in the new MuseLab in the School of Library and Information Science to showcase documents representing all accepted proposals for the annual conference. Representative documents will be sent in by authors and can be of any possible form, assuming it can be exhibited within given parameters. The MuseLab, where the Instantiation will be held, is a creative and collaborative space for thinking, doing and learning about museal things.

For more information about the conference and the call for proposals, visit the DOCAM’14 website at Proposal submissions should be sent to Kearns at no later than March 15. Decisions will be announced by April 15.