2021 conference

Save the Date and Call for Papers: Business Archives Council Conference 2021

The Day After Tomorrow: Business Archives and the Climate Crisis

In November this year, all eyes will be on Glasgow as it hosts COP26 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference. We are pleased to announce that the BAC’s annual conference will take the same theme for its 2021 conference to be held on 24th and 25th November 2021. Given the subject we are discussing and the success of our Zoom conference last year, we will again be offering a virtual format this year with short papers and sessions spread over two half-days.

We would welcome papers and contributions about but not limited to the following themes:

  • Involvement in your parent organisation’s own environmental/climate targets
  • Collecting the records of climate change and businesses in new sectors such as green energy and technologies
  • Collecting the records of traditional hydrocarbon industries and their changes and adaptions for the future
  • Measuring and mitigating the environmental costs of digital preservation
  • Controlling energy use in archive stores through repository design and minimising use of climate controls
  • Working with community or sector groups on action plans to combat climate change
  • Planning for extreme climate change events and their impacts on archives
  • Decolonisation, decarbonisation, extractivism and reparative social justice

We hope that this conference will provide a productive space to advance these conversations and share best practice. 

Please submit proposals to conference@businessarchivescouncil.org.uk, stating your name, institution (if applicable), and abstract (no more than 250 words). Honorariums may be offered in specific circumstances.

The deadline for responses is 27 September 2021.

For an informal chat or to discuss a proposal, please contact Sara Kinsey, conference coordinator, at sara.kinsey@nationwide.co.uk