2020 AIC Annual Meeting - Book and Paper Group (BPG) Call for Papers

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Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 to Saturday, 23 May, 2020
Monday, 16 September, 2019
Salt Lake City

The Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) welcomes abstracts for the 48th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 19-23, 2019.

The BPG program will include:
- BPG session presentations
- Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group (LCCDG)
- Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG)
- BPG Business Meeting
- BPG Evening Reception

Abstracts for BPG session presentations may be related to the 2020 meeting theme, Conservation: Reactive and Proactive, or address other aspects of the conservation of art on paper, archival materials, bound volumes, manuscripts, or similar materials. Abstracts are encouraged from anyone with an interest or role in conservation, including current BPG members, other Specialty Group members, and related professionals.

We also are considering offering a group of talks on varnished paper, a compelling and often challenging topic, suggested by fellow BPG members. Varnished paper may include technical or treatment based talks on subjects ranging from varnish on paper, fixatives on paper, coated paper, and transparent paper. The interpretation of the topic is intended to be expansive, and therefore other related subjects also will be considered.

Presentations will be 15 or 25 minutes with additional time for questions.
Panel discussions that address areas of broad interest to the BPG membership also will be considered. We hope a combination of differently timed talks both will enliven our program and allow for more time for discussion.

How to submit an abstract:
This year we are using Firebird, a new abstract management tool. For instructions on how to navigate Firebird,
visit: https://www.culturalheritage.org/events/annual-meeting/current-meeting/c....

To go directly to the abstract submission portal, visit:
https://flame.firebird.systems/AIC/AIC2020. You will need to sign up to access Firebird. After signing up, select 'My Submissions', which includes both talks and posters. AIC allows authors to prioritize three session types, including if you'd like to be considered for a talk and a poster. There is not a separate category for the Varnished Paper talks; any abstract submitted to BPG automatically will be considered for this.

Abstracts are 500 words maximum; the submission deadline is Monday, September 16, 2019.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the BPG Abstract Selection Committee, which is composed of the BPG Program Chair, BPG Assistant Program Chair, and other BPG members selected to reflect a balance of expertise and specialties within our membership to the extent possible.

Please contact Eliza Spaulding, BPG Program Chair (elizaspaulding@gmail.com) or Andrea Knowlton, BPG Assistant Program Chair (aknowlton.bpg@gmail.com) with any questions.