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

Valencia, Spain 23-26 September 2024

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and L’Institut Valencià de Cultura (IVC) invite you to participate in the 55th annual IASA conference from 23-26 September 2024 at the La Nau Cultural Center of the University of Valencia.

Our goal in this conference is to spotlight instances of cross-disciplinary interactions and collaborations. In the spirit of fostering a culture of creativity, scientific innovation, and partnership, especially during times of crisis. 

We welcome contributions that dive into three key concepts:

  1. Who’s the archive for?
  2. Sound audiovisual collections in (times of) crisis.
  3. Permanent objects in ever-changing contexts: adapting to advancing technology.

Please see the call for submissions page for more info about sending in your contributions. The call for contributions is available both in English and Spanish.

The event will be hybrid, combining in-person and providing online components. The distinguished University of Valencia will serve as the venue, with a primary emphasis on in-person participation. 

IASA's Valencia conference venue is the celebrated La Nau Cultural Centre, a treasured historical building affiliated with the University of Valencia. Its construction dates to the late 15th century, and it served as a location for classes until the mid-20th century.

In commemoration of the University's 500th anniversary, extensive renovations were carried out at the end of the 20th century, transforming La Nau into a hub for cultural activities. Today, the center is popular for hosting a diverse range of events, including music concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances, poetry readings, as well as congresses and professional gatherings.

Recognized as one of the primary cultural centers in the city of Valencia, La Nau Cultural Centre stands as a testament to Valencia's rich historical and artistic legacy.

Planning Committee

  • Co-chairs: Rosie Rowe (IASA)
  • Jorge García García (IVC)
  • Tre Berney (IASA)
  • Patrick Midtlyng (IASA)

Program Committee

  • Chair: Erwin Verbruggen (IASA)
  • Rosie Rowe (IASA)
  • Jorge García García (IVC)
  • Miyuki Meyers (IASA)
  • Pedro Félix (IASA)

Local committee 

  • Lola Alfonso: Documentation Unit at RTVV (IVC) / Documentation Management at À Punt Media (public radio & television from the region of Valencia) 
  • David Arlandis: Cultural Product Manager of Valencia Convention Bureau (Valencia City Council)
  • María José Badenas Población: President of the Professional Association of Valencian Archivists and Document Managers
  • Clara Costa: Music documentalist, now librarian and archivist of the government of the region of Valencia 
  • Guillem Escorihuela: Academic director of Music Room - Vice-rectorate for Culture and Society at University of Valencia
  • Jorge García: Head of the Department of Documentation and Music Heritage at Valencian Institute of Culture
  • Alicia Herraiz: Head of publications at the Filmoteca Valenciana (Valencian Institute of Culture)
  • Dolores Lopez Asensi: Vice-president of the Official College of Librarians and Documentalists of the region of Valencia
  • Quique Monfort: Head of the Documentation Centre and Music Archive  of the Valencia Music Hall and the Orquestra of Valencia (Valencia City Council)
  • Margarida Ullate i Estanyol: Director of the Sound and Audiovisual Unit of the Library of Catalonia and former vice-president of IASA