Call for Submission Closed on 1st April 2024

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archivists (IASA) and host, L’Institut Valencià de Cultura (IVC) in Valencia, Spain, are pleased to invite your submissions for the 55th annual IASA conference.

IASA is a professional association concerned with the care, access and long-term preservation of the world’s sound and moving image heritage. Through its active worldwide membership and training initiatives, IASA supports and advocates the development of professional standards and practice amongst organisations and individuals who share these purposes.

The theme of the conference is:

Interweaving Disciplines: 
Connecting Collections and Communities Through Sound & Audiovisual Archives 

Our goal is to spotlight instances of cross-disciplinary interactions and collaborations. Proposals for submissions should ideally nurture a culture of creativity, scientific innovation, and partnership, especially during times of crisis. 

We welcome submissions that dive into three key concepts, each containing three sub-concepts:

  • Who’s the archive for?

    • Unveiling narratives embedded within collections, sharing untold stories, and contextualizing the voices absent from sound & audiovisual archives.
    • Queering the Archives: LGBTQIA+ collections/stories.
    • Decisions of custody regarding sound & audiovisual documents of traditions and indigenous knowledge.
  • Sound & audiovisual collections in (times of) crisis

    • Navigating crises: Collecting and collections amidst upheaval and climate uncertainty.
    • The perpetual struggle: Archives in times of economic and political flux.
    • Survival strategies: Advocacy and partnership for enduring archives.
  • Permanent objects in ever-changing contexts

    • Evolution in motion: examples of adapting to advancing technology.
    • From Sound & AV records to data: examples of scientific use of AV records.
    • Opening gateways or floodgates? Examples of preservation and utilization of sound & audiovisual content in an AI-driven era.

Peer-Reviewed Contributions

All contributions must report on novel efforts. We do appreciate an honest and investigative view on your process – learning from failures matters as much as, if not more than, celebrating success! 

While we welcome service providers to tell their story, we will prioritize presentations that include the story of an implementation from the patron’s perspective. We encourage physical attendance and for those who have the possibility, encourage finding alternative ways of attendance to flying. Should you choose to participate from a distance, please kindly indicate so on the form. To support a collaborative conference atmosphere, we will prioritize a critical amount of on-premise presentations.

Description of Formats: 


We invite two kinds of presentations:

  • Long presentations (30 mins. including Q&A) must be novel, reporting on previously unpublished work.
  • Short presentations (15 mins. including Q&A) focus on new challenges and work in progress.

Panel sessions 

Proposals for thematic panels to be held during the main conference programme. Panel proposals will be judged on the merits of the proposal and relevance for the expected audience.

Please detail the subject and desired outcomes for the panel discussion as well as the proposed panelists in your proposal. The Programme Committee may identify individual thematic papers and invite submitters to form a panel or invite panelists to join a thematic panel. We encourage panel proposals to reflect our diversity, equity, and inclusion commitment to broaden subject matter content. A debate panel structure on a theme or topic is very much encouraged.


Posters are ideal for reporting on emerging issues and on works in progress. Your abstract should clearly describe the topic to be presented and states its unique contribution to the field. Posters should aim to improve knowledge, show new technical capabilities, or share solutions and experience in the field.

Workshops and Tutorials

We welcome proposals for workshops and/or tutorials that address the conference themes for IASA.

Workshops are intended to be hands-on and interactive, and proposers are free to decide how to structure and design them. Workshops usually involve the development of a skill, related to the topic covered in the workshop. While workshops involve more hands-on learning, they should also allow for   discussion, interaction, and debate on the topic of the class.

Tutorials should focus on a single topic and designate whether it aims at an introductory level or an expert level. Tutorials allow time for group discussion of content and debate on the themes and concepts covered in the class. Tutorials need not be hands-on. Proposers are free to decide how to structure them.


  • Please submit your proposal in English (presentations can be in English or Spanish) by completing the form below, before 1st April 2024. There will be no extensions.
  • The selection of presentations will be made by 15th May 2024 by the Programme Committee. The presenters will receive their notification via email after this selection. 
  • Please note: All presenters will be required to register before the early bird deadline.
  • In-person presentations may be recorded by the organisers via audiovisual media and photos. If you would like to explicitly avoid this, please let us know via
  • By submitting the form below, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms stated on this page.
  • Join us as we dive into these themes and explore the interconnectedness between collections, communities, and the dynamic world of audiovisual archives.
  • As a membership organization, IASA is open to all. We do ask participants to acknowledge and adhere to our code of conduct. We hope you will join us this year in Valencia, Spain, to share your stories & lessons learned.
  • In-person presentations may be recorded by the organisers via audiovisual media and photos. If you explicitly would like to avoid this, please let us     know via