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Paris 2018

Being Successful Together

5 - 8 June 2018
National Library of France, Paris
National Centre for Stage Costume, Moulins

Call for Papers

Being Successful Together 

Participate, share, cooperate in saving the heritage of the performing arts

Nothing can be done alone in the field of performing arts. All theatrical productions need a team, a team which unites the work of performers, technicians and administrative staff for a common goal. Even a one man show needs teamwork. Conversely, one might think that in libraries, archives and museums, life revolves around only books, documents, and works of art. SIBMAS members know that the reality is very different and we are nothing without our colleagues, our partners and our public. It is the commonalities of our shared professional experiences and the collaborations that grow between our institutions that the 2018 Paris Conference will explore.

The theme of co-operation can be engaged with from a number of different perspectives:

Collections’ perspective – For a long time now, artists travel from one country to another and their passage may have left traces in various institutions. One can think of Sarah Bernhardt’s great tours, as well as Cirque du Soleil’s contemporary productions. Archives are sometimes broken up, as in the case for Edward Gordon Craig, Max Reinhardt or Ballets Suédois. How do we make accessible and comprehensible these materials kept by different professional bodies? Through exhibitions? By publication of collective inventories? Or online resource portals? Via simple referrals from one database to another? These are but a few of the challenges we face in the digital landscape, where large data reservoirs, search engines and digital libraries do not necessarily have the finesse to retrieve all relevant materials that are now expected by modern researchers working in the digital age.

Relations with users – Researchers, artists and the public at large can be considered as the second field of exploration and innovation in our theme of collaborative work. For a long time, the public has been kept away from our reflections on the patrimonial institutions’ services and practices. Our services may have been designed with a lot of care and with the best on intentions, but possibly not always with the input of users. Today, we have at our disposal many more tools that facilitate a working dialogue between the institution and the user. We can employ everything from simple public surveys to participatory projects, as well as the production and enrichment of data that provides multiple strategies and new opportunities to better reach our audiences. This being said, emerging ideas and ways of working could have repercussions for our jobs, especially in the field of the performing arts, where collections are multimedia in form and often complex to apprehend.

Partnerships – Is partnership a desired outcome for the future? The need to work together may become ever more important than before, whether through formal institutional partnerships between heritage organizations, artists, theatre companies, universities, libraries, and museums or even through partnerships with private companies as part of a sponsorship deal. Whether implemented informally, formally, locally, nationally or internationally, these co-operation agreements have strengths but also constraints. Are the results commensurate with the effort and results for undertaking such co-operation agreements? Not to mention the effect and consequences that can arise through collaborations imposed by cultural administrations or governments, with mergers of previously independent bodies?

Proposals for the 2018 Paris Conference must take into consideration one of these three axes, and must illustrate and highlight a concrete case of co-operation, whether successful or not. The proposal should also highlight facets of scientific, technological, economic and cultural aspects of the co-operation project. Multiple voice or joint institutional proposals will of course be the best illustration of what working together can mean.

Timetable

15 January 2018:   Deadline for submitting paper proposals.
Use the online submission form to submit a paper.
15 February 2018:   Notification of acceptance.
15 April 2018:   Deadline for submission of final paper. This will be required for the purpose of preparing simultaneous translation into French

How to submit your proposal

Proposals for papers may be submitted in English or French.
Simultaneous translation (English-French and French-English) will be provided in the main auditorium.
The time allowed for each communication is 20 minutes maximum, followed by a 10-minute Q&A period.

Papers will be programmed in plenary sessions, in focus groups (round table or workshops) or in poster presentations.
All papers will be announced in the conference program and published in English and French in the subsequent proceedings. By submitting your paper for inclusion in the conference you agree to allow your paper to be published in print, in both English and French.

Tips and Guidelines

SIBMAS is dedicated to making the conference experience for delegates as dynamic and compelling as possible. If you wish to submit a proposal, we strongly advise you to refer to and take on board the tips and guidelines in the section set out in the accompanying PDF: