*** Due to the large number of responses that were received, submissions are now being accepted
from scholars and professionals ***
Call for Papers
Media in Motion:
The Challenge of Preservation in the Digital Age
October 29, 2008
The DOCAM (Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage) Research Alliance and
Media@McGill invite submissions of abstracts for the presentation of papers at the inaugural
Media in Motion Symposium. The interdisciplinary event aims to bring together scholars,
professionals, and graduate students across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences in order
to explore the many facets of media art preservation. To that end, submissions related to the
conference theme, ”The Challenge of Preservation in the Digital Age,” are strongly encouraged.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Archival Practices
- Challenges of Audio, Film, Video, and Digital Media Preservation
- Cultural Influences, Impacts, and Considerations
- Cultural Property Law
- Digital Preservation and Cultural Memory
- Digitization of the Humanities
- Effects on Artistic Practices
- Ethical, Social, and Philosophical Concerns
- Preservation Strategies and Techniques
- Future Trends and Directions
As the symposium will be held in conjunction with the Annual International DOCAM Summit (on
October 30-31, 2008, at McGill University), preference will be given to proposals that address
issues related to the alliance’s activities. For more information on DOCAM and its mandate, please
All presented papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume of the proceedings.
Additional information will be provided upon acceptance.
Proposals should include a title; the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the author; an
abstract of 300 words; and a brief statement explaining how the paper fits within the research
priorities of DOCAM. Submissions in English or French are welcome. Please send proposals by
June 15, 2008 to Marilyn Terzic at [log in to unmask]
DOCAM is an international research alliance on the documentation and the conservation of the
media arts heritage, initiated by the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology.
Its main objective is to develop new methodologies and tools to address the issues of preserving
and documenting digital, technological, and electronic works of art.
Media@McGill is a hub of research, scholarship, and public outreach on issues and controversies in
media, technology, and culture. Based in the Department of Art History and Communication
Studies at McGill University, Media@McGill is supported by a range of sources, most notably a
generous gift from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. For more information, please visit